Simon Hillard, a HGV lorry driver from Wales, lost over 4st with the Hairy Bikers Diet Club!* His job made eating fast food on the go an easy option, piling on the pounds. But thankfully a trip to Japan to climb a mountain was all he needed to kick start his weight loss and get-fit plan. Now happier and healthier, he is looking to conquer the Brecon Beacons and Snowdon. Read his weight loss story…
A lifetime affiliation with the Scouts had kept Simon in good shape, but the shift patterns that come with driving for a living made eating healthily difficult. “Driving made eating all the wrongs things a little too easy. Plus I was drinking a little more than was good for me and, after a period of depression, I found it difficult to be as active as I had been.”
The weight gain left Simon not liking how he looked. “I found it hard to do exercise and struggled to do the activities I enjoyed doing with the Scouts.”
The moment of truth for Simon came when he was selected to go to Japan to help organise the World Jamboree. “When I was picked as part of the International Service team I was told I going to walk up Mount Fuji! All I could see was me as the fat old man that everyone was having to wait for, with the young members going on ahead! I also realised that I would struggle working in the 30 to 35 degree heat out there as a fatty.”
Simon admits that initially he found the diet a struggle, but he soon found his stride. “Cutting right back on the booze, planning what I was going to eat and sticking to it was tough, but once I saw some weight loss it became fun. I do enjoy cooking and the Hairy Biker Diet Club meals are easy to do. As for exercise, this was very hard to start with, but once the pounds started to come off it motivated me.”
The weight loss has changed Simon physically and emotionally. “I feel better about myself, I am fitter and have more energy. Clothes look better on me. I also use a sleep apnoea machine to help me breath at night, but due to the weight loss the hospital are thinking of taking me off it.”
“I feel better about myself, I am fitter and have more energy… I am planning on doing my mountain leader course in the near future so I can take Scouts out on the Brecon Beacons and to Snowdon.”
And what’s the plan for Simon after Japan? “My main goal is not to go back to how I was and keep the weight off. I have always enjoyed hill walking even when I found it hard due to my size, but I am planning on doing my mountain leader course in the near future so I can take Scouts out on the Brecon Beacons and to Snowdon.”
- If you can, get someone you live with to join you on the diet.
- Have a reward for reaching your weight goal.
- Plan you meals a week ahead.
dealing with challenges
- If you have a setback, just push through it because you know your end goal.
- Negative people are jealous that you are trying to do something positive about the way you are and they aren’t.
- Remember all negative people/situations are transient and will pass. Just try not to dwell on them, you are better than that!
Favourite Hairy Biker meals
- Cottage Pie
- Chicken Jalfrezi
- Honey and mustard Chicken
*Results May Vary: Causes for being overweight or obese vary from person to person. Whether genetic or environmental, it should be noted that food intake, rates of metabolism and levels of exercise and physical exertion vary from person to person. This means weight loss results will also vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.