Drew’s Story

“As the weight came off so my physical restrictions fell away, one by one.”


Drew Donaldson, 62 from Scotland, lost almost two thirds of his body weight after retirement from his job as an operations manager and recovering from breaking his elbow. Drew was tipping the scales at 34 stone and was struggling to get around due to his weight. He was desperate to be around to walk his daughter down the aisle without getting out of breath.

  • Weight lost: 20st*
  • Weight loss plan: Total
  • Followed by Management

‘I used to work as a navigator for an oil company, but it wasn’t until I took a desk job that things started to go downhill and I developed a weight problem.

I was a comfort eater. Food helped me to deal with life’s challenges. After I got divorced, I felt so isolated that I ate more and more.

I realised I had a problem and I tried to lose weight many times. Every day was a new diet. I’d eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, but by the evening I was tucking into a huge meal and snacking on family-sized bags of peanuts, crisps and Maltesers.

My fat was slowly killing me.

As I grew in size, my health problems increased. I was borderline diabetic. I had to wear a special mask when I slept because of my obstructive sleep apnoea, which stopped me breathing for several seconds at a time. I took pills for my high blood pressure and gout. My fat was slowly killing me.

I couldn’t walk anywhere. When I went shopping, I had to park my car right outside the shop. Even in my flat I didn’t move about unless I had to. It got so bad that when I had to go to the kitchen, I would plan what I needed for the rest of the day, so I didn’t have to make a second trip.

I lived in fear of falling over and not being able to get back up, so I used a walking stick. I couldn’t bend down to put my socks on, so I had bare feet in my shoes, which I had to pre-lace because I couldn’t get down to tie them. My seatbelt didn’t fit in the car and my belly rubbed against the steering wheel when I drove.

Within 13 months, I had lost 20st 4lbs.*

There came a point when I knew I had to take drastic action. I joined a weight loss group with counselling using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) techniques. My counsellor helped me to explore and understand the reasons why I overate. In my first week, I lost 20lbs.*

As the weight came off, my physical restrictions started to fall away. It was really exciting and spurred me on..

My health has dramatically improved and my doctor has reduced all of my medication. Now I can practically race up the stairs and I no longer need my walking stick. My daughter Chloe was so inspired by what I was doing that she joined in and now she’s lost 5st*. She’s getting married in the spring and now we’re both going to be in shape to walk down the aisle.

Drew in the press

MailOnline – Obese father loses 20st* to walk daughter down the aisle

Broccoli & Brains – When does obesity become a disability?

*Each of our client’s results and stories are unique to them and their experience of LighterLife. Your own results will be personal to you and may vary.

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