A plumbers merchant was so horrified at only being able to fit into a cheap supermarket suit instead of his normal quality cut that he decided to lose weight.
A lot of weight. Four stone, in fact. That’s 56 pounds or 25 bags of sugar.
Ian Golden, Plumbase regional director, was worried that his existing suit would be too tight for a flight to Belgium for a company meeting. In a panic he dashed into his local supermarket and bought one with a 48″ chest and 44″ waist. This was the point at which he decided to mount a get-fit campaign. His success story has been published as a ‘Fat to Fit’ feature in the March issue of Men’s Running UK magazine.
Six months later he has slimmed down from 18 to 14 stone and runs almost daily and has completed a 60-mile charity cycle ride.
“My whole attitude to life has changed and I’m a much more positive, motivated individual,” he says.
Golden’s first step was to join a Slimming World group which he still attends. He also signed up for a 60-mile bike ride and raised £1,275 for the Willow Foundation. His first run was a 5k distance in August 2011 and from there he was hooked. His distances have increased and his times have improved dramatically.
This year he competed in a 10k run on New Year’s Day, he’s booked for two bike rides (60 miles and 100-miles), a half marathon in May through the beautiful Holkham Hall grounds in Norfolk and a duathlon in September.
“When I flew over to Belgium for the Plumbase meeting, the flight crew had to ask if my seat belt was fastened because they couldn’t see it,” Golden recalls.
“As a regional director I travel quite a lot, but now I book a hotel where I know I can get out and have a run. This time last year I had no idea that I could tackle any of these challenges. It’s no exaggeration to say my life has been transformed and I’m enjoying every minute of it.”