03
May
2019
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12:33 PM
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Jon’s looking for love after 287lbs weight loss

Summary
  • Since losing 287lbs Jon Vidler is ready to live life to the fullest and says he now feels confident for the first time ever

  • He’d struggled with his weight since childhood and would comfort himself with food when school bullies made cruel remarks

  • Fit and active Jon has now swapped his 66ins waist pants for a trim 32ins and has lost so much weight that even members of his own family don’t recognize him

  • Since losing 287lbs Jon Vidler is ready to live life to the fullest and says he now feels confident for the first time ever

  • He’d struggled with his weight since childhood and would comfort himself with food when school bullies made cruel remarks

  • Fit and active Jon has now swapped his 66ins waist pants for a trim 32ins and has lost so much weight that even members of his own family don’t recognize him

A man who used to experience such severe panic attacks because of his weight doctors believed he was having a heart attack has lost an incredible 287lbs and now wants to find love.

At his heaviest Jon Vidler, from Hampshire, couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes without suffering from severe back pain, which affected his work as a senior quality officer at a pharmaceutical company in the UK. After becoming increasingly concerned about his health, Jon decided to join Slimming World and has since dropped from 474lbs to a trim 187lbs.

The 42-year-old says: “To be honest I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t overweight. At high school I was bullied very badly, so much so that to comfort myself I would come home and eat spoonful after spoonful of brown sugar – just because for a few moments that would make me feel better. As I grew older and earned my own money I just ate whatever and whenever I wanted. This was mostly in secret, but it must have been obvious because my size was increasing quite dramatically by that point.

“When I was at my biggest I struggled with severe anxiety – to the point where I was once rushed to the hospital in an ambulance because both I and the paramedics thought I was having a heart attack. Thankfully I wasn’t, but my anxiety had reached a stage where I was suffering from severe panic attacks which often present similar symptoms. I was at a very low point in my life and started to hide myself away. My only comfort was eating.

“Later that year it was recommended that I had an operation to remove a lump at the bottom of my back. My size meant that what should have been a routine procedure became highly dangerous because the anesthetist was worried that I would have a stroke. While some of my health issues were a direct result of my weight, there have been times where diagnosis and treatment of more serious issues have been affected by my size.

“I previously had to have a cancerous lump removed and following the operation I had to have a CT scan to determine the next course of action. The only problem was the upper weight limit for the scanner was 448lbs. They went ahead with the scan even though I was over the threshold and thankfully got the information they needed – but I had to be pulled free from the machine because it was such a tight fit. In fact, the motorized table stopped working as a result of the extra weight. They said that the only other option was to be referred to an equine center where they scan horses. It was moments like that which really struck me – I wasn’t just putting my life on hold because of my weight, I was putting it in danger too.”

Jon Vidler
It might sound corny, but my biggest dream is to find someone to share my life with. I feel like I’ve got a second chance and I want to fill it with things that I used to miss out on because of my weight, so meeting that special someone to share those memories with me would be amazing.
Jon Vidler

Jon had achieved some success with Slimming World in the past, before a loss in the family changed everything. He says: “At one point I lost 133lbs at Slimming World and was doing really well, but everything changed when my mom got sick. From her diagnosis to her passing was a matter of seven weeks and my world fell apart. I started using food as a comfort again and I just couldn’t see a way out.

“I knew that the plan worked because I’d had such great results before. I fell in love with Food Optimizing – so I still enjoyed delicious meals like curries, chilis, burgers and fries – I just prepared them in a different way and cooked most of my food from scratch.

“In time my dad decided to join me and he’s been a great support and my biggest cheerleader! It really does make a difference when the people around you understand and support what you are trying to achieve.”

As well as losing weight and learning to love to cook and prepare food, joining Slimming World also made Jon think about becoming more active. He says: “Before I lost the weight even the simplest tasks would leave me exhausted and I missed out on so much. At work, a friend encouraged me to go for a short walk with him during lunch one day and I could only manage a few steps. Over time I built this up and we were soon walking 4-5km a day. Before I knew it I was signing up for a 10km race! I went with a couple of friends who were both much quicker than me, but we stuck together and crossed the line together which was an amazing feeling. Since then I’ve competed two more 10km races and enjoyed both so much. My life is so much better now because I’m filling it with memories instead of hiding away. In June I’m even climbing Mount Snowdon in the UK!”

Since his remarkable transformation Jon has had some explaining to do – mostly because so many people don’t recognize him! He says: “I was recently best man at my brother Anthony’s wedding, which was a great day for me because I felt so much more confident than I had ever done before. I had to laugh though when my uncle asked my dad why Anthony hadn’t asked me to be his best man… He literally had no idea it was me and wanted to know who this imposter was!”

Now that Jon has found his zest for life, there’s one more ambition on his agenda. He says: “It might sound corny, but my biggest dream is to find someone to share my life with. I feel like I’ve got a second chance and I want to fill it with things that I used to miss out on because of my weight, so meeting that special someone to share those memories with me would be amazing.”

VITAL STATS:

Name: Jon Vidler

Age: 42

Height: 5ft 8ins/1.7m

Starting weight: 215kg/474lbs

Current weight: 85kg/187lbs

Weight loss: 130kg/287lbs

Starting waist measurement: 66ins/168cm

Current waist measurement: 32ins/81cm

Before clothing size: XXXXXXXL

Current clothing size: M

Date joined Slimming World: January 2015

Before menu:

Breakfast: Half a box of cereal covered in sugar

Snacks: Candy, chocolate, chips

Lunch: Sandwiches filled with salad cream and egg mayonnaise

Dinner: A takeaway or a couple of microwave meals

Snacks: More candy and chips

After menu:

Breakfast: A traditional English breakfast of scrambled eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, spinach and grilled bacon

Lunch: Home-made chili or pasta dish or a homemade soup

Snacks: Fresh fruit

Dinner: Something made from scratch – such as diet cola chicken with veggies

Snacks: More fruit or a small candy bar

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For further information please contact the Slimming World press office on 01773 546170 or email amy.williams@slimmingworld.co.uk

Please find attached photos of Jon before and after his weight loss. In addition, you can view a video of Jon talking about his weight loss here.

For further information please contact the Slimming World press office on 01773 546170 or email amy.williams@slimmingworld.co.uk

Please find attached photos of Jon before and after his weight loss. In addition, you can view a video of Jon talking about his weight loss here.