A freelance photographer from Fife has turned his life around after lising two stone in just a few months.
Tom Russell was introduced to Slimming World’s Heather Hutchison after she approached him to take some photos for her new class in Falkland – and little did he know just how important this conversation would prove to be.
Tom (52) explained: ‘’My life changed dramatically when I broke my arm whilst on an outdoor photo shoot. I went from tearing around the country to being unable to work, drive or exercise.
“I had to take very powerful pain killers which dulled my senses and meant that I was napping on and off all day.
“This total change in pace meant that I put on over a stone in less than a week.
Tom added: “I was already carrying too much extra weight and my once athletic six-foot rugby playing frame seemed like something that would never be achievable again.
“I had taken some house pictures for Heather, a new client, just a couple of weeks before my accident and she had mentioned she was starting a Slimming World group in Falkland at the end of October.
“I was intrigued by the promise of unlimited amounts of nourishing everyday food and in particular the fact that I would never go hungry as it was not a diet but a generous and sustainable healthy eating plan.
Tom went on to say: ‘’I can honestly say that without Heather’s passion and dedication on Tuesday evenings I could not have achieved such wonderful results. The complete confidentiality and support in group each week are key factors and I have met such a variety of people.
“My journey thus far has been not only a very positive experience but fun too.”
He added: ‘’I didn’t actually start food optimising properly until half way through the first week as I was stranded at home alone but even with just my store cupboard staples I managed to lose 4.5 pounds. At the second weigh in I had lost a further seven lbs.
“ I have now lost two stone and am fast approaching my target weight and have every confidence that I will stay there.”
Heather said: “I would urge anyone with a weight issue to take this life changing step. It’s not just for the ladies – a great group of guys attend my Falkland group too.”