Just Keep Swimming: Amazing Loser Russell
Like so many of us, what he was eating and how much of what he was eating was the furthest thing from Russell’s mind, meaning that over the years his weight crept up and up. Once a keen swimmer, his weight meant that he hadn’t been to a pool for years and he hated shopping in specialist clothes shops. Despite this, his wake-up call was rather more drastic when he was diagnosed with a form of cancer – realising before it was too late that his lifestyle needed to change…
Name: Russell Lawton (ask him anything over on the forum)
Height: 175cm (5ft 9)
Location: Stoke on Trent
Highest weight: 332lbs (23st 10lbs / 150kg)
Lowest weight: 246lbs (17st 8lbs / 111kg)
Weight lost: 86lbs (6st 2lbs / 39kg)
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
I had a relaxed attitude towards food and alcohol and I never really monitored how many meals and snacks I was consuming. I ate unhealthy food and drank alcohol on a regular basis and it gradually caught up with me. As I got bigger my fitness levels dropped until even the smallest everyday tasks would become an inconvenience due to my size and fitness level.
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
What made you decide to change?
In 2015 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a form of cancer. I made the decision that I was going to eat healthier, get fitter and do all the things a father should be able to do with their children – this was a lucky escape and could have been a lot worse.
How did you do it?
What did you eat before you lost weight?
I would eat takeaways most nights and would snack on crisps, chocolates and sweets all the time.
How has life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Now that you’ve lost weight, how are you planning on maintaining your weight loss?