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May 17, 2017
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May 17, 2017

Paul Nugent

WINNER AUSTRALIA Slimmer of the Year 2017
WINNER Queensland
Weight Loss: 72kg
Consultant: Tamara Lynam

I am a recently-separated 52 year old father of 4 boys. My wife and I actually separated just weeks into the Plan. I have been overweight for over 30 years and tried numerous diets over the years, without much success.

Friends and family had voiced concerns over my weight and the medical problems associated with it but I would just laugh them off thinking I was invincible. When it became difficult to even walk to the letterbox without becoming out of breath, I knew I had a problem and had to do something about it.

I became scared about missing out on seeing my boys grow up and have children of their own. Socially, I was always the clown at the party but I hid my true emotions behind this façade, full of self-loathing. I even had to give up long haul truck driving as I didn’t pass my medical due to the sleep apnoea. I was an insulin-dependent type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis. My brother-in-law had also suffered from similar conditions and he ended up on dialysis followed by a stroke. He died at the young age of 58, and I was petrified that I would end up the same.

My own father had suffered a stroke in his early 60’s and I had nursed him for 3 years before he passed away. I knew I had to change or I would go down the same road as him. I started noticing this other driver who was literally shrinking before my eyes. I actually thought he must be terminally ill as I had never known anyone dropping weight like he was. Eventually, I got up the courage to ask him if he was okay. He told me he had never felt better! He had managed to lose over 60 kg with Cambridge Weight plan and his Consultant Tamara. It was then that I thought maybe there was a chance for me too and that’s when I felt the first glimmer of hope.

In under a year, I have managed to lose 70 kg and my medical conditions are now a thing of the past. Even my doctor can’t believe the change and does a double take every time I walk into his surgery! I haven’t felt this good in over 30 years and tying my shoelaces is now a breeze! As for being out of breath going to the letterbox – I am now regularly walking 8-14 km around our local lake and I love being able to get out and play footy with my two younger boys! Plus, I now have my job back as a truck driver.

I can’t explain how much my Consultant Tamara has helped me – without her I wouldn’t where I am today. She was my biggest support – my best friend, my sister, my daughter, my mother. The best way I can really describe her is to call her my guardian angel. She went above and beyond in everything she did and I thank my lucky stars the day I met her.