Belfast man's weight loss success after shedding 6 stone and seeing his future in a bright new light

Mark Pollin’s weight crept on after an accident had caused him to have a stroke
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‘Incredible and life changing’ is how Mark Pollin describes his weight loss journey after shedding almost 6 stone and now seeing his future in a bright new light.

Mark’s weight crept on after an accident had caused him to have a stroke. It took several months of rehabilitation and care and support from medical staff and his family to get Mark back to walking again and eventually back to work.

Socialising and family parties were enjoyed once again along with a good pint or two. However, Mark, 56, wasn’t completely happy with his return to “normal” life.

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The weight he had gained was soon bringing him down and he knew he had to do something about it.

Encouraged by a male colleague at work, who attends a different group, Mark decided to give Slimming World a go - he already knew about the group from his wife Charlotte and a little over a year ago the two of them joined the Slimming World group at Knocknagoney Church of Ireland in East Belfast together.

Mark soon found himself loving everything about the science based eating plan which guaranteed he never got hungry, never had to give up his favourite foods and also helped him to shed the unwanted weight.

Both he and Charlotte were soon losing pounds and letting go of negative thoughts about how they looked.

Encouraged by a male colleague at work, who attends a different group, Mark decided to give Slimming World a go
Encouraged by a male colleague at work, who attends a different group, Mark decided to give Slimming World a go -Credit:Submitted

They had a new love for cooking and eating healthy, yet still incredibly tasty, food. Mark was soon losing stones and with his new weight loss came a greater zest for life, eating, shopping and as he tells it, a new place to be on a Wednesday night – his Slimming World Group.

He said: “My Slimming World group is a place of comfort, knowledge, friendship and fun. Knowing most importantly I’m not on this journey alone. I have new friends who understand the importance of changing my health and my life for the better.

“We share our struggles and help to support each other. I enjoy hearing other members' stories because they resonate with me and I also get to be part of their journey to healing and happiness.

“They inspire me and I in turn hope to inspire them. Thanks to my consultant Lyndsay and other members I’ve become more knowledgeable about foods that help me lose weight while never going hungry.

Having lost almost 6 stone, Mark is feeling absolutely the best
Having lost almost 6 stone, Mark is feeling absolutely the best -Credit:Submitted

“Because of Slimming World my weight loss has been nothing short of incredible. I feel better, healthier, fitter and I love how I’ve changed my life. Nobody wants to feel that they can’t enjoy life and lose weight. Thankfully Slimming World made sure I never felt that way.”

“I love going out to restaurants and on holiday but I’m still able to enjoy all the amazing foods on offer. At one time, my mood and self-esteem were very low and I struggled quite often in social situations.

“As a man, it can be hard to be forthcoming about these things, but now more than ever I am open and honest about how the weight gain affected me.”

Recently crowned his group's Man of the Year and is now a target member, Mark has lost almost 6 stone and is a lifelong member who sees his future in a bright new light.

Mark joined Slimming World a year ago with his wife Charlotte
Mark joined Slimming World a year ago with his wife Charlotte -Credit:Submitted

“My hope is that other men and women will feel encouraged to be more open about their struggles. When feeling healthy seemed like such a challenge – Slimming World came along and helped me surpass my expectations and then some. I’ve never looked back except at the size of my old clothes,” he added.

Lyndsay’s group at Knocknagoney Church of Ireland runs on a Wednesday night and Saturday morning. For more information, find her at https://www.facebook.com/SlimwithLyns or go to www.slimmingworld.co.uk to find a group near you.

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