Slimline Robert has the cycling bug after seven stone weight loss
- Credit: Robert Dalzell
He was bullied at school for being overweight but now a streamlined Robert Dalzell is a changed man who loves nothing better than heading out on the open road for a quick 100-mile bike ride.
Mr Dalzell, who lives in Great Ryburgh, lost seven stone with weight loss group Weight Watchers, going from 20.5 stone to a trim 13.5 stone.
As a result his confidence has soared, leading to a new job, but he was also able to take up long distance cycling.
'When I was at my heaviest I had to get a mountain bike because I was too heavy for a racing bike,' he said.
'It used to take me an hour to cycle from Great Ryburgh to Fakenham. Now I cycle 40 miles a day to and from work at Barnham Broom Hotel for my job as a supervisor on the night service.
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'I had always worked on a shop floor before and would never have gone for a job like this when I was big but now I have so much more confidence.'
Mr Dalzell, 43, said he originally joined Weight Watchers in 2013 to support his mother who was going.
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'I had a shock when I stepped on the scales,' he said. 'I thought I needed to lose a little bit of weight but not that much! It turned out my mum was going to support me not the other way round.'
He lost the weight in just 18 months and last year bought his lightweight racing bike.
He has already completed several 100-mile races and also took part in the Pedal Norfolk long distance ride at Holkham over the May bank holiday - 250 miles over three days.
'I had always been heavy, at school I was picked on and bullied because I was big but now I weigh less than I did at high school,' he said.
'I was just eating too much. I would eat a lot of fruit but also a lot of chocolate and crisps. I never bought a diet drink but now I don't like the full sugar ones. It's the same with full fat milk, I have completely skimmed milk now because I prefer it.'
He credits his weight loss and achievements to the network of support he has received from his family and Weight Watchers coach who have helped him along the way and spurred him on.
'Everyone supports each other and there have been some great success stories in our group,' he said. 'I've got lots more cycle races planned this year.'