Fleetwood’s weight watchers don’t have to look too far for inspiration when it comes to shedding the pounds.
That’s because Andy Halliwell, who leads three classes in the town, lost a staggering five stone plus in just eight months.
The 31 -year-old used to be out of breath just from walking up a flight of stairs.
He would take the car on the shortest of journeys instead of walking, because he was so heavy.
But after successfully getting his weight down from a bulky 17st 9lb to a slimline 12st 7lb, his life became transformed.
Andy, who has successfully maintained his new weight for a year now, says he could never have done it without help from a weight loss programme.
He runs his Weight Watchers classes at the town’s Senior Citizens’ hall on Warrenhurst Road, and said: “I am a different person to the man I was before I lost the weight. “Two years ago, I was the guy who wouldn’t take his towel off at the swimming pool. It doesn’t bother me now.
“My belly has gone and when I look down, I can see my feet. I’ve taken up running and my knees don’t ache. I’m much more confident.”
Andy, who is 5ft 6ins tall, says he was always chubby as a kid and a teenager but as he got older, he started eating all the wrong things. Then one day at a works Christmas party, he came into work wearing a festive jumper and took a selfy. When he saw it he was shocked and decided he had to do something it.
Andy, who lives in Blackpool, said: “I saw the light. I’d tried Weight Watchers before that but didn’t stick to it. This time I decided to give it a real crack and I haven’t looked back. Being part of a group really helps you, it’s the camaraderie of being with people who know just what you are going through.”