A Boston man has lost six stone after linking up with a Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service trainer.
Retired Royal Air Force man Richard Tory, 54, of Staniland, went on a health kick after being told his weight was putting him at risk of diabetes.
Richard, who is 5ft 6ins tall, now weighs 12st 5lb after working with his health trainer for around four months.
He has lost 10 inches off his waistline and six stone in weight.
He is now coming up to the one-year anniversary of achieving a new healthier weight.
He said: “I have always been on the larger side and have been on and off various diets.
“It has been a constant fight to try to stop my weight getting out of control.
“Just before leaving the RAF in 2002, I lost three-and-a-half stone in just under four months by putting in a lot of work in the gym under the guidance of a physical training instructor, but over time it all went back on again.”
By the summer of 2013, Richard was back up to 18 stone 4lb.
Living alone, he tended to live on ready meals and processed food, but began working with a health trainer at the end of 2013 and, crucially, was sent on a cooking course.
He added: “The course gave me the confidence to cook from scratch and a cheap wok has become my most used cooking pot.”
The Health Trainer Service in Lincolnshire provides informal, confidential and free advice and support to people over the age of 16.
Boston health trainers can be contacted on 01205 315926 or email Jan.G@lincolnshirecvs.org.