A man revealed how he was encouraged to lose 12 stone after discovering his long-term girlfriend was cheating on him.
Mike Vaughan, 26, said he was always the ‘biggest guy’ in school and struggled with his weight into adulthood, living off from takeaway pizzas and fizzy drinks.
By February last year Mike’s weight had spiraled out of control and he tipped the scales at 31st 10lbs. Realizing his health was at risk, Mike decided to lose weight and started exercising and changing his diet.
But it was only when he discovered his girlfriend’s infidelity that Mike, who now weighs 19st 8lbs, truly and completely committed to the weight loss and pushed him to ‘put everything into his diet and training’.
Quantity surveyor Mike said: ‘My life could have gone in one of two ways. Go back into a depression and comfort eat and go back to square one, or use it as motivation to really improve my life.
‘I wasn’t going to let something like that destroy everything I had worked for, I would use it to spur me on and I did.
‘I put everything into my diet and training, and I can honestly say now I’ve never been happier. Since then I’ve found the consistency that I needed so much. Her cheating was a blessing in disguise.’
Mike said he was always the ‘biggest guy’ in school and being overweight just seemed normal to him.
He said: ‘I finished school at 15 and weighed 18st. It was from then things started to spiral weight wise. I’d gone from playing football with friends most nights after school to doing next to nothing but while still eating junk food.
‘I did three years of college which consisted of no exercise and lots of fast food. I started university weighing around 23st and that’s when it really got out of hand.
‘I didn’t know how to cook anything but toast so most nights it was pizza or bacon cheeseburgers with boozing three or four nights a week and this went on for five years.
‘My family and friends would express concern but I was in such denial I would just get annoyed whenever my weight was mentioned. Eating was my way of dealing with any kind of stress.’
In February last year Mike said ‘something inside him clicked’, adding: ‘I knew that if I kept going the way I was going I wasn’t going to be around much longer.’
He continued: ‘I couldn’t even make it to my second floor flat without struggling to breathe. I had to do something before I ended up in an early grave.’
Encouraged by his friend, Mike signed up to an intense six-week boot camp and managed to drop a stone.
He added: ‘I wanted to keep it up so I signed up for a gym in Stockport. I was petrified thinking a guy of my size should not be doing things like that.
‘But they came up with a personalised plan for me, group personal training, healthy eating, it was such a huge change and I really struggled for the first six months but then it just became habit.’
Despite the progress he made, Mike believes it was the breakdown of his relationship that really cemented his healthy habits.
He added: ‘I highly doubt I would be in the position I’m in now if we stayed together.’