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Woodingdean man loses a third of his bodyweight after holiday snap shame

The Argus: Andy today Andy today

A Woodingdean man who weighed 21-and-a-half stone was shocked into slimming after seeing a holiday snap where he “looked like a pea in a pod”.

Single Andy Payne, of Woodingdean, knew it was time to shed the pounds after being horrified by a picture of himself on a family holiday to Rome around eight years ago.

The early deaths of his father, David, 55, and grandfather, Albert – known as Ed – in his 50s, also prompted him to lose weight.

Now he tips the scales at 13-and-a-half stone and he is a personal trainer helping others to lose weight.

Mr Payne, who is set to turn 33 later this week, revealed how at his biggest he had to buy specially-imported jeans with a 48inch waist from North America.

He said: “I come from a family of big people. My father died of a heart attack aged 55. His father also died of a heart attack.

“I started my journey to lose weigh eight or so years ago. We went on a holiday to Rome as a family.

“I was wearing a light coloured tee-shirt. I looked like a pea in a pod – I was out of proportion.”

Mr Payne, who is 5ft 11ins tall, told how he had previously always held gym memberships, believing the fee would force him into losing weight, but never actually stepped foot in the sports centre.

“I paid the membership but did nothing,” he admitted.

“I was aware of the limitations of being big – I would buy clothes at High and Mighty – a specialist shop – and jeans from America. Now people don’t recognise me.

“I was very passionate about food and I wanted to be a chef. It was a constant feeding of hunger.

“Now I have a love of good clean food. I love good quality vegetables and clean meat.

“I know it sounds extreme but I would rather die than be fat again.”

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4:00pm Wed 5 Mar 14

tom servo says...

Doesn't look much like Rome to me.... well done Argus, another fail to add to your list.
Doesn't look much like Rome to me.... well done Argus, another fail to add to your list. tom servo
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6:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Sunroom says...

I didn't realise the argus takes on free advertising from personal trainers!
I didn't realise the argus takes on free advertising from personal trainers! Sunroom
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7:57pm Wed 5 Mar 14

adam666 says...

tom servo wrote:
Doesn't look much like Rome to me.... well done Argus, another fail to add to your list.
He hated that picture so much that it motivated him to lose all that weight. He probably didn't even keep it and if he did then he certainly didn't want all of The Argus's readers having a chuckle at his expense.
Nowadays with the internet bringing everything closer to us being fat isn't such a problem when it comes to buying clothes. No need to send off to America or creep into High and Mighty anymore for large sizes, when high street names like M&S can kit you out from the comfort of your front room.
Well done Andy!
[quote][p][bold]tom servo[/bold] wrote: Doesn't look much like Rome to me.... well done Argus, another fail to add to your list.[/p][/quote]He hated that picture so much that it motivated him to lose all that weight. He probably didn't even keep it and if he did then he certainly didn't want all of The Argus's readers having a chuckle at his expense. Nowadays with the internet bringing everything closer to us being fat isn't such a problem when it comes to buying clothes. No need to send off to America or creep into High and Mighty anymore for large sizes, when high street names like M&S can kit you out from the comfort of your front room. Well done Andy! adam666
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11:17pm Wed 5 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Sunroom wrote:
I didn't realise the argus takes on free advertising from personal trainers!
i was just think that ,i wonder if they could do me a free ad for me window cleaning round
[quote][p][bold]Sunroom[/bold] wrote: I didn't realise the argus takes on free advertising from personal trainers![/p][/quote]i was just think that ,i wonder if they could do me a free ad for me window cleaning round whatevernext2013
  • Score: -9

9:50am Thu 6 Mar 14

clivebrown says...

Is that the Colloseum in the background?
Is that the Colloseum in the background? clivebrown
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9:08pm Thu 6 Mar 14

notaconspiracy says...

Those Gondolas are huge!
Those Gondolas are huge! notaconspiracy
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10:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

scuba1 says...

More importantly my auntie had a builder at her home in hove today doing some work , then he had a heart attack , when the paramedics arrived they told her she had saved his life , she was a bag of nerves but all turned out well , so why isn't this story in the paper rather than this old shizzle ?
More importantly my auntie had a builder at her home in hove today doing some work , then he had a heart attack , when the paramedics arrived they told her she had saved his life , she was a bag of nerves but all turned out well , so why isn't this story in the paper rather than this old shizzle ? scuba1
  • Score: -1

9:09am Fri 7 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

scuba1 wrote:
More importantly my auntie had a builder at her home in hove today doing some work , then he had a heart attack , when the paramedics arrived they told her she had saved his life , she was a bag of nerves but all turned out well , so why isn't this story in the paper rather than this old shizzle ?
Kudos to your auntie!
[quote][p][bold]scuba1[/bold] wrote: More importantly my auntie had a builder at her home in hove today doing some work , then he had a heart attack , when the paramedics arrived they told her she had saved his life , she was a bag of nerves but all turned out well , so why isn't this story in the paper rather than this old shizzle ?[/p][/quote]Kudos to your auntie! mimseycal
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