Posted: Wednesday 26th July 2017
Terrence and Sandra McSweeney hadn’t realised how much their weight had crept up until they both developed serious health problems. They got help to lose weight and now they've lost an impressive combined 9 stone!
Terrence and Sandra, both in their late 60s, had both experienced health scares - Sandra passed out on a plane and was later diagnosed with sleep apnoea; and Terrence was struggling to breath on his way home one day and thought it might be a heart attack. Both were related to their weight.
Their doctor referred them to a free 12 week weight loss programme. Terence said: "I was worried I would be the only man, but actually lots of men attend. I was nervous but it was brilliant, they all made us welcome. The leader recommended healthy eating ideas and before long the weight was falling off – I’ve now lost five stone! I found it quite easy and seeing the weight come off was motivating, it really boosted my confidence.
“It’s sociable too – we stay around afterwards to chat as we’ve really bonded with everybody.
“I walk 10km a day now where I didn’t walk at all before – I just used to sit around eating biscuits! My wife also walks every evening.
“I can get about now and walk up stairs without getting out of breath. I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist. When I was overweight I used to feel quite down but now I feel so much happier in myself.
“Sandra has noticed amazing differences too. She's lost 4 stone and this has made a huge difference to her sleep apnoea. She’s pleased that she can get into more fashionable clothes now too.
“My high blood pressure and cholesterol levels have come down now which is amazing. If I hadn’t done this I don’t know if I’d even be alive now, it really has changed our lives.
“We’ve even won ‘Couple of the Year’ and I’ve won ‘Man of the Year’ twice!”