Colin to share secrets of his slimming success

Colin was determined to lose weight after seeing photographs of his holiday in Florida last year and now taking over his local Slimming World class
Colin was determined to lose weight after seeing photographs of his holiday in Florida last year and now taking over his local Slimming World class

A transplant survivor shed five stones after heeding a doctor’s warning that carrying so much extra weight could damage his new liver.

Now Colin Hume had found the perfect way to ensure he maintains his new healthy lifestyle – by signing up as a Slimming World consultant.

The 49-year-old underwent his successful liver transplant 10 years ago but started piling on the weight during his recovery.

He successfully slimmed down in order to undergo a hernia operation a few years later, but then returned to his old habits.

Now, however, he’s determined to stay trim and convinced he’s finally put an end to years of yo-yo dieting.

“Everybody knows the damage that drinking can do to your liver so, although alcohol wasn’t a factor in me needing the transplant, I’m always careful in that regard,” said Colin, who lives in Airth.

“However, I hadn’t fully appreciated the effect that being overweight can have until my doctor basically told me that my new liver would last a lifetime - but only if I looked after it.

“I’d been to Slimming World classes before and found the plan so easy to follow that I quickly reached my target weight. However, I made the mistake of stopping attending the weekly sessions and soon returned to my bad habits.

“I was on holiday in Florida last year and, when I saw photographs of myself afterwards, I knew I had to go back.

“I joined the Kincardine group in January and within six months had reached my target weight, but this time I’ve kept going to group.’’

Now a quirk of fate means Colin will make the switch from being a member to the new consultant.

Colin, who is married to Pauline and has a nine-year-old son, Calum, explained: “I had been interested in the idea of being a consultant for a while and went along to one of the opportunity events.

“While I was there, my consultant, John Aitkenhead, said that as he had just been promoted to team developer, he was thinking of giving up the Kincardine class so there might be a chance for me to take over.

“It was too good an opportunity to turn down, so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.”

Colin will take over the Kincardine classes, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Mondays, from October 30.