YOU could say this Worthing man is a shadow of his former self.
For Ralton Stewart, 36, shed more than 10 stone in one year after he vowed he would stay healthy for his wife and two children.
Ralton, who lives in Offington Drive with wife Karen, 37, and their two children, Conor, eight, and Jessica, three, dropped from 23st 7lb to 13st 2lb after he started attending Weight Watchers classes at St Charles ‘Catholic Church, in Chesswood Road, in August, 2010.
He said: “Losing weight was always something on my ‘to do’ list but there was just one day where I got up and thought ‘I’m going to do this’. It was more for my family than anything, they were my main motivation. I wanted to be a healthy dad for my kids, and be there for them when they grow up.”
When Ralton started to slim down his 46-inch waist, he took up mountain biking with his former neighbour to help with the weight loss.
He said: “For years, my neighbour Stewart regularly asked me to go mountain biking with him and, for years, I declined, because I was in no shape to tackle hills and rocky terrain. But when the weight started to shift I took him up on his offer. Now I’m addicted, I love it so much.
“Stewart was my motivation, like a personal trainer. Before long I was cycling 70 miles a week. I would get up early, sometimes at 4.30am, and cycle for an hour and a half. I’d be home in time for breakfast with Karen and the children. In the evenings, instead of watching television, I’d ride for an hour.”
Ralton said the weight-loss was easier than he anticipated. “It’s a lifestyle change really,” he said. “I could eat what I wanted, I just needed to make my portions smaller. And because I was doing so much exercise, I could still treat myself. I feel so much better in myself, and I can do more now.”