A vibrant vicar has swapped sermons for sit-ups after he losing a whopping eight stone – in just eight months.
Danny Crosby once tipped the scales at more than 20 stone but decided to lose weight after being embarrassed by his size where people repeatedly patted his round tummy – at a family wedding.
Danny, a Unitarian minister, was yesterday (Sun) named Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2016 for his gut-busting weight loss.
The 44-year-old, of Altrincham, Cheshire, said: “People weren’t really mocking me, it was more say the shock of how big I had become.
“I had always been very self conscious of my weight mentally.
“The wedding was just my tipping point and you could say seeds were planted from then on to make a change.”
The Unitarian minister turned to his sister– who was a Slimming World member – to help him make that first step when he joined the group last year July.
The minister revealed how much of an impact his sister had on him during the process after countless conversations of encouragement.
He said: “She sold me the vision of the regime and how it would benefit me, she made things very simple for me.
“Any excuse I came up with to not join she would have an answer for.
“She was very worried about my health – so I decided to give it a go.”
Danny joined Slimming World and made a good start within the first four weeks of the regime he could see a considerable amount of progress had taken place.
He said: “I set myself a target to lose 7st by Christmas because according to my BMI 13st was the size for my height and weight.
“Four weeks into the programme things had gone very well and the progress became evident and I was convinced that I could lost the weight before Christmas.
Five months into the programme Danny achieved his goal of dropping 7st by Christmas and a further stone during the first three months of this year.
Danny hailed the Slimming World programme as a ‘Simple plan for a daily healthy living’ and believes his confidence has opened more doors in his personal life.
The minister has now swapped his favourite cheese and pickle sandwiches for a fat free Greek yogurt with hit of berries.
He admitted that he’s no Gordon Ramsey when it comes to recipes but he’s not afraid to try something new but nothing too complex.
“For now I cook simple recipes to begin with e.g. Fish or Meat but when I’m ready for something different I won’t shy away from experimenting.
Danny Crosby, a minister of two Unitarian Congregations in Altrincham and Urmstone, began the programme at starting weight of 20st 4lbs but he’s new and improved weight 12st 4lbs.
As well as losing 8st, he’s shed 12 inches from both his chest and waist measurements and loves that he doesn’t have to wear ‘old-man clothes’ with elasticated waists anymore.
Danny added: “Perhaps the greatest thing that’s happened as a result of my weight loss is the way it’s lifted my self-esteem and self-worth.
“While Slimming World gives you great education and great support, you’re responsible for the choices you make each day.
“That’s really empowering and I’m so proud of how far I’ve come – and my family are very proud too, especially my sister.
“I’m no longer ashamed of myself and my physical being, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me next.
“I’m a lot more confident and open in my work too.”
Breakfast: Sugar puffs with semi-skimmed milk and toast with marmalade or marmite, with a glass of fruit juice
Lunch: Ham salad baguette, cheese and onion pasty, a packet of crisps and another glass of fruit juice
Dinner: Takeaway chicken and chips or a frozen microwave meal, with slices of bread, butter and cheese with a fizzy drink. Followed by cheese and crackers, chocolate and more fruit juice later in the evening
Snacks: Crisps, chocolate, biscuits, sweets, coffees from coffee shops with full-fat milk, bread, pasties and lots of fruit juice.
Breakfast: Porridge made with skimmed milk and mixed berries, followed by red grapefruit, oranges and apples
Lunch: A homemade ham and mushroom omelette with salad
Dinner: Grilled lean steak with a baked potato and mixed vegetables
Snacks: Fat-free yogurts, lots of fresh fruit, fish sticks, a chocolate hob nob and some sherbet lemons.