Slimmer half the man he used to be
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A Beccles slimmer is literally half the man he used to be after shedding an incredible 12 stone in just 18 months.
Peter Curd, from Marsh View, has gone from 28 stone 5lb to 16 stone 3lb and is still on a mission to lose more.
He said: 'It was partly the fact that I am coming up to 60 and when you get older you seem to get more medical problems, I didn't want to be in that situation.
'My father had diabetes and that is something I'm trying to avoid. My family were also concerned about me and I was starting to get some comments about my size. All of these things together made me realise I needed to do something about it.
'I've done diets before where I've lost a stone or two, but it didn't last and then it was mentioned to me about joining Slimming World.'
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Thanks to the support of his group, who meet at Beccles Middle School on a Tuesday night, and group leader Debbie Blyth Clarke, Mr Curd swapped sandwiches for salads and steak and kidney puddings for fish and chicken.
Within weeks the weight dropped off and now he is aiming to reach his target of 14 stone, which will make him exactly half the size he was when he started.
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As part of his weight loss programme Peter decided to raise some money for the 2nd Beccles Sea Scouts, where he used to be a Scout leader.
Sponsored by friends and family, he lost 10lb in six weeks, raising £250 during Slimming World's Slim for Good campaign.
The money that Mr Curd presented to Scout leader Chris Bradford will go towards extending the hall to include a new dorm for girls.
Mr Curd said: 'I feel brilliant. I used to get backache and I haven't this year. In the warm weather I used to sweat a lot and I don't get that now. I also don't have to go into the big man shops, I can buy clothes off the peg.
'I eat more vegetables and fruit and I just adapt the way I cook and prepare things.
'People, especially women have been saying to me, 'Crikey, you've lost one of me'. I feel really proud.'