Eight stone is target for Carronshore’s John

John Mcmorron has started his gruelling challenge
John Mcmorron has started his gruelling challenge

John McMorran is giving himself more motivation than most to stick to his diet.

He is sharing the results of his healthy living regime online for all to see!

The dad has vowed to lose eight stones in eight months and has set up a website detailing his journey.

In addition, he is taking on a range of challenges to help him raise money for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

John, (42) from Carronshore, admits the target is daunting but is determined to succeed.

He said: “I was always a fit guy, I worked the doors as a steward and went to the gym. But since I got a job as an RAC patrolman, the weight has crept on. In the seven years I’ve worked with the RAC I’ve put on five stones and my health was starting to suffer, I’d be out of breath just going up stairs. But because grabbing fast food or a sandwich while working the long shifts was easy, the weight just kept piling on.”

After learning about a colleague whose wife was battling bowel cancer, John decided to get fit, complete a series of dares and raise money for charity too.

Tipping the scales at 24 stones 8 lbs, he started the Big Belly Challenge on September 9, vowing to drop eight stones and complete challenges such as running a 5k, abseiling from the Forth Rail Bridge, walking across fire and going for a New Year’s Day swim in the Firth of Forth.

John, who lives with wife Sheona and daughter Emma, a sixth year pupil at St Mungo’s High School, said: “It started with just trying to lose the weight and then the run was added and people kept thinking up new challenges. The latest has been thought up by my daughter and is to learn to ride a horse.

“Some of the challenges are fun and others, like the run, will be really difficult. I’m only giving myself until March to do the run which, for someone who has done absolutely no exercise in years, is a big feat.”

John is keeping his vital statistics, including his weight and chest and waist measurements, updated on his website and in just over a week has lost over a stone.

He said: “I’m already noticing a big difference. Sheona has been preparing my lunches and dinners to take to work and my sessions at Bannatyne’s gym are helping. My clothes are already feeling looser and my fitness and energy levels are better.

“It’s such a good cause I’m determined to meet my targets and raise as much as possible for Beating Bowel Cancer.”

To sponsor John or find out more about the challenge, visit www.thebigbelly.co.uk