A West Belfast man has shed an impressive six stone in just 16 months – and now wants to help others.
Connor Mullholand, from the Colin area, says he feels like a new man after his weight loss achievement which was aided through the Lagmore Slimming World group.
The 38-year-old admitted that he was unhappy and tried to lose weight for many years, but didn’t know how to make those long-term changes.
Connor says losing weight has dramatically improved his quality of life and praises his fellow group members for the support they have shown him throughout his weight loss journey.
He said: “After being admitted into hospital with a weight-related issue, it had become clear that my size was affecting me more than ever; although I’d never thought about joining a slimming group before because I didn’t know if men could join.
“A short time later, I learnt that my friend had lost over 13 stone with Lee McCrudden and feeling inspired, decided to join Lee’s Slimming World group the following week.
“I remember feeling very anxious walking into the room for the first time. I didn’t know who would be there or if I would be welcome. I find it funny looking back now because I had nothing to worry about. Everyone was so happy to see me and couldn’t do enough to make me feel at ease. Plus, there were other men there too.”
With his new found determination, and group by his side, Conor lost 1st 11lbs in just a few weeks.
Before joining the group, Connor relied on takeaway foods rather than cooking every evening after work.
“I couldn’t believe how quickly the weight was coming off,” he explains.
“With all the tips I’ve learned in group, I’m now able to make my own ‘fakeaways’, as well as our family favourites like a Sunday roast or Bolognese, just by making a few healthier swaps. Even my three daughters are enjoying the new way of cooking and my oldest even lends a hand in the kitchen too.”
With Connor on route to his dream weight, it seemed nothing could stop him – then pandemic saw all Slimming World groups across the UK temporarily close from March 2020.
Lee McCrudden, Connors Consultant, quickly set up a virtual group, allowing members to weigh in from home and take part in a weekly, online session. This service offered members the help and support they needed to continue to lose weight, but from the safety of their own home.
Connor Mullholand says his life has changed after the weight loss
Lee said: “Connor loved the online groups and used it as a great opportunity to keep himself on the right track. Throughout our online spell, he lost a further two stone and helped inspire lots of others to slim down during lockdown too. I’m still so proud of my members for pulling together and making sure that lockdown didn’t stop them from achieving their goal.
“He’s a real inspiration. Lots of local men and women have joined our groups after hearing about Connor’s success and I’m delighted to be helping them achieve their weight loss goal. I hope this story can inspire more people in our local community to come along and join us in the near future.”
With face-to-face groups now back in action, Connor feels like a new man with a total weight loss of 6 stone 5lbs.
“Losing weight has changed my life for the better,” he added.
“My health has improved dramatically, meaning I’m able to take my daughters to the local park or swimmers and not feel exhausted afterwards! Even things like clothes shopping has become a lot easier and my confidence has soared. I would recommend Slimming World to anyone. It’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle change.
“It’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle change”
“I never dreamed I could lose such a great amount of weight. The support I’ve received from my Consultant Lee, wife Michelle and many others has played such a big part in helping me get to where I am today.
“I’m so grateful to have so many amazing people around me – not forgetting my three daughters who have always been my biggest inspiration. I would urge anyone wanting to lose weight to give Slimming World a go – you won’t regret it.”
For more details on how you could become a member of Lee’s group, call 07738 014448 or send a message to the “Slimming World Lee” Facebook page.