Lowestoft father-of-three loses eight and a half stone to become a better dad
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Traditionally New Year is a time for new resolutions such as joining a gym and adopting a healthier diet in order to loss some of the extra weight put on during Christmas festivities.
However, motivation to continue these changes throughout the year can prove difficult to find.
But one Lowestoft father-of-three, who lost eight and a half stone to become the dad he wants to be, is an example to all to persevere - after his dramatic weight-loss transformed his life.
Since September 2015, Nigel Graves, has gone from 22 stone to 13 stone and his waistband has reduced from 54 inches waist 34 inches after he joined a Slimming World group in Carlton Colville.
Mr Graves, 57, said: 'I was sat at home feeling sorry for myself because of being so overweight, I was not able to walk a long distance without my inhaler I would have to stop several times even on a short walk.
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'Even worse I was not able to play with the children, getting up and down off the floor was hard work. The children would say to my wife 'Mum why is Dad not coming down the park?'
'To be honest I would not want to go because I was embarrassed of my size and always felt that people would stare at me because of my size.'
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Nigel Graves puts down his weight-loss success to the support he received from his wife Laura and children- Rose, 12, Millie, nine, and Oliver, eight, - as well as Claire Bond who organises the weekly Slimming World group.
'I feel like a completely different man and I love it.
'I've realised now though that far from being weak, asking for help takes strength of character and getting support to make changes has given me a sense of confidence that is benefitting every aspect of my life,' added Mr Graves.
Oliver Graves said: 'Dad is amazing and I am really proud of what he has done.'
Carlton Colville Slimming World is held every Monday at Grove Primary School at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For more information call: 01502 471839.