My job’s really wild now I’m slim!
Matt Hughes’s weight was starting to impact his role as a zookeeper. Now he’s 5st 10lbs* lighter, full of energy and able to monkey around more at work!
‘A crowd began to gather around the leafy enclosure. It was feeding time for the lemurs, and as their keeper I was there to hand them apple slices and share some fun facts with the audience. Weaving my way through the vegetation, I lured the primates out from their sleeping quarters. Then, to the delight of the crowd, one of the cheeky chaps jumped onto my shoulder.
‘As I educated the visitors about these friendly creatures, I thought about how different it would have been when I was more than 5st heavier – I’d surely have got stuck in those hedges if I’d tried to squeeze through. At one feeding time I’d even heard somebody say: “One for the animals…one for the keeper…”
‘I did once lose a lot of weight on a programme of diet shakes, but when I started eating normally again, I just couldn’t maintain it. All I wanted to do was to enjoy real food, and have more energy to run around and play with my little boy.
‘One day, I noticed that a colleague was looking much slimmer. When he explained he’d done it by eating filling meals following Slimming World, I decided to give it a go myself. I joined my local group and made changes straight away.
‘I’d have porridge for breakfast, home-made chicken pasta salad for lunch, then a dinner like grilled lean steak with Slimming World chips and salad. I joked that my snacks were the same as the animals’ – lots of fruit, with some nuts from my Syns.
After just two months, my plus-size work uniform was getting baggy, and I was able to switch to the regular style my other colleagues wore.
'I’ve now trimmed 10ins off my waist and I can work with a wider range of animals, including the snakes, as I’m nimble enough to dodge out of the way if they make a fast strike!
‘After years of looking after animals, I decided I wanted to start helping people, too, and I trained as a Slimming World Consultant. Whichever job I’m doing, I get home full of energy to play with my son. And our family movie nights on the sofa are no longer the squeeze they once were – now there’s more than enough room for all three of us to snuggle up together.’
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.