‘I’m back on my bike after losing 290lbs’
Shaun Carrington, 31, has dropped two-thirds of his body weight and, boy, is he enjoying the ride!
‘At over 460lbs, my weight was affecting every aspect of my life. I was in constant pain, with back and joint issues, skin infections and breathing difficulties, and even the smallest things were a struggle. I had no energy and would just sit down all day in the camping and trailer store I ran, snacking on potato chips and cupcakes. When I got home, I’d order a takeout, which I’d eat in front of the TV followed by ice cream and cookies. I felt exhausted and self-conscious, and couldn’t see a way out.
My mom had lost more than 80lbs following Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan and, with her encouragement, I decided to join, too. Up until then I’d never really tried to lose weight––I’d just accepted I was destined to be big forever. It was amazing to discover I could still eat pasta, steak and fries, and lose weight. I found a new love of cooking and had a great time making myself healthy, delicious meals every night – and an even better time seeing the number on the scale gradually going down.
I also rediscovered my passion for cycling. I’d enjoyed it when I was younger, but as I got bigger, it became too difficult. A year into my weight loss, I treated myself to a new bike, and I haven’t looked back! I have so much more energy––I go for long rides with my buddies at the weekend and take part in 20-mile races for fun.
My life is totally different now. Two years ago my health was really suffering, yet now I’m fit, active and have an exciting new job. I’ve gone from just existing to actually living and loving life, and that’s an incredible feeling.’