Racing to success
Speedway fan David Smith is realising his motorcycling dreams after losing more than 150lbs*
I’d been a fan of speedway racing since I was young, and was still a keen spectator in my late 50s. By then, though, I weighed more than 350lbs and felt that my chances of ever experiencing the speedway track for myself were long gone.
Over the years, there had been a few occasions when I’d tried to cut down on my eating—and sometimes I’d lost a few pounds—but it always felt like hard work, so I’d given up and put the weight back on. Even my doctor telling me I was glucose intolerant and at risk of developing diabetes failed to spur me into action: Despite his warnings, several months passed before I was finally persuaded to do something about my weight.
My daughter, Rebecca, was a Slimming World member and she suggested that my wife, Denise, and I should join, too. I couldn’t help feeling that getting help to lose weight was in some way admitting defeat, but I knew it could also help Denise. Although she had far less to lose than me, she had lost a leg and being a healthy weight would help protect her good leg.
I couldn’t believe it when, after just a week of following Food Optimizing, Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, I’d lost 10½lbs! We kept our meals simple to begin with, enjoying grilled lean meat with potatoes and lots of vegetables or salad, then as we began to feel more confident, we started trying out other Slimming World recipes, such as BBQ pulled pork, and veggie lasagna.
I got to my first target weight of 280lbs in four months, and to my final target of 200lbs within a year. My blood sugar levels returned to normal and my doctor reassured me that my risk of diabetes had fallen dramatically. It felt like life couldn’t get any better—then it did! For my 59th birthday, Denise—who by then had lost 46lbs—bought me a speedway experience day, which included getting on one of the bikes myself and taking part. I loved it so much, I booked another experience day as soon as I could.
Getting on that bike opened my mind to trying more new things, too. I’ve started learning the guitar, have taken up playing bowls, and I’m so full of energy, I can run around with my four-year-old granddaughter, Imogen, for hours. I’m looking forward to spending much more time with her and her six-month-old sister, Poppy, and being an active grandpa. I’m 60, yet I feel like a man half my age!
*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and the amount you have to lose.
The health information in this story is intended to provide general knowledge and should not be used to replace a visit with a healthcare provider. You should consult your healthcare provider before beginning, or changing, any weight loss program.
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