When Simon Smith deliberate to freefall 829 ft down the tallest tower in Las Vagas, he had a small downside – he wanted to lose weight.
He needed to be beneath 19 stone six kilos to participate, so he slimmed to 19 stone 4 and took the plunge on the adrenalin-busting Sky Jump – a managed decelerator descent – from the Stratosphere Tower.
The event was Simon’s 40th birthday and it was an incredible factor to do to mark the milestone.
And it was a turning level.
He first began Slimming World on the age of 17, weighing over 24 stone however his dedication to the diet was on and off for a number of years.
After the Vegas leap, he joined a Slimming World group in West Bridgford however discovered his weight was nonetheless going up and down.
Then final January “something clicked” and powered on by his dedication Simon is now 17 stone two and a half kilos, shedding seven stone and two kilos.
But he is not carried out but.
“By Christmas I want to have lost ten stone,” he says.
“You can drink alcohol – carefully – on the plan however I have not had any since April.
Simon, 46, who lives in Clifton, misplaced two and a half stone in lockdown alone.
“One of the benefits from working from home is you cut out the commute time so by 5pm you are able to prepare meals better and get out and do your exercise. Pre-lockdown you’d get back from work at 6.30pm so I’ve found the lockdown process period really beneficial”.
Simon says there are different males at Slimming World on comparable weight loss journeys, in addition to girls.
His recommendation to different males is: “I believe they’ve simply obtained to have the assumption in your self and do not feel like you’ll be judged; you might have simply obtained to take that step. The factor is, you will not remorse it. You will begin to see the distinction, see the weight coming off and really feel significantly better in your self.
“It’s not a female-only factor. There are a great deal of males in Slimming World throughout the nation”.
Simon, who’s college head of admissions, is ready to do 100 kilometre walks over two days. “If I hadn’t misplaced weight, I would not have been in a position to try this,” he says.
And he is planning to return to Vegas.
“It might be good if we get to return. I’ll return more healthy, fitter and can have misplaced extra weight”.
Double gold Slimming World guide Naomi Wagstaff stated: “I’m so pleased with Simon. He initially joined Slimming World to attain a vacation dream which he smashed. He has now misplaced twice the quantity of weight and units himself mini targets to maintain him centered.
“He has embraced body magic and food optimising, achieving some fantastic challenges, and has inspired members every single week in the virtual group by losing a fantastic 2.5 stone during lockdown – amazing!”