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Members’ Stories: Mike’s Mission To Change His Life

Mike’s Story

We have so many success stories at Maree Leisure so we thought it was about time we featured some on our website.  We felt that a lot of people will relate to Mike’s story so we convinced Mike to let us share his personal journey to show others that they can do the same.

‘Like all fathers I was absolutely delighted to have the chance to give my daughter away on her special day, what more could a proud dad ask for?  We could not have asked for a more perfect day and I cannot explain what it meant to me to see my daughter so happy. 

‘However my joy was slightly dented a few weeks later when we received the wedding pictures and I was shocked when I looked at the photos of myself.  I was the biggest I had been in my life and I knew I had to do something about it.’

(The father of the bride speech)

‘I think it all begin 3 years earlier when I finally packed in the fags, however I didn’t realise that I was slowly putting on weight.  Seeing the pictures from the wedding was a real turn round point for me.’

(Mike with his wife and daughter)

‘Shortly after someone had suggested joining Maree Leisure after they had seen an offer. I didn’t give myself time to think about it, I just jumped in the car and headed straight there and signed up.’

‘Since then I have been doing 3 classes per week and one session on my own.   I haven’t become obsessed with the gym, I just got into a good routine and found a good balance between enjoying myself and looking after myself.’

(Mike 45lbs lighter but feeling a lot stronger and healthier)

‘I have lost 45lbs since Jan 16 and I feel so much healthier and happier now that I have got myself back in shape.  I still have my moments of indulgence where I’ll have a few drinks (too many) or a well deserved meal out but I balance that out with exercising and eating well as often as I can.’

(Michael Fowler, 69, Salterforth)


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