Cancer, kidney donation and the death of a family member. When trying to lose weight, you can’t ask for three bigger obstacles than these, but Glen Macdonald has somehow managed to get his body back in shape.
Losing nearly 14 stone, Glen is an inspiration for anyone who is looking to transform their body.
Here is his story.
• 187kg down to 97.1kg
• Body fat now approx 21%
Why did you decide to transform your body?
My story started 4 years ago when I was going to donate a kidney to my father. I went to the Freeman Hospital, where I sit now funny enough, and when I went on the scales I was 187kg. They told me even if I didn’t do the op I needed a diet. So home I went and thought “stuff it, I am going to do this for me and my dad!”
What was your training was like?
I trained 30 minutes a day in my thermal clothes in my conservatory; especially good in the summertime. I used to run 30 mins a day in there, sweating up something rotten! I also bought a rowing machine and used that as much as possible whilst in there
What was your diet like?
I always stuck to my diet etc and when I got to 18 stone I made the hard choice that the op would not benefit my father or me as his health was too bad to go for an op.
When I broke the news to him he never wanted to talk to me again, and called me selfish for not trying the op even though medically he couldn’t anyway. He died a few months later and I carried on with my diet and still do to this day!
Breakfast : I eat porridge in the morning with some fruit.
Lunch : I have either fish or chicken with eggs or veg
Dinner : The same as lunch!
Drinks : Throughout the day I drink plenty of water.
Snacks : I eat nuts or rice cakes for good fats, and also for the low calories in the rice cakes.
What supplements did you use?
How has your lifestyle changed?
I can now do so much more with my children, like go for long walks with the dogs,or go swimming. I’m also able to buy clothes that I actually like, and it’s amazing to see what I used to have to wear.
What challenges did you face?
Everybody I knew said I wouldn’t/couldn’t do it because I was so overweight (and loved biscuits) but the fact my father needed a kidney sharpish made me train even harder.
I was then diagnosed as having testicular cancer and the tumour and the testical were removed last Friday. I use a gym now and train 5 times a week doing weight lifting and strength training with the help of my training partner and friend who works in the gym.
How do you feel about your transformation?
I feel great in myself and I find I am more confident in walking around in certain clothes I never thought once I’d be able to wear.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans are to keep training, eat clean and to encourage anybody who doesn’t think they can do it. I feel that I’m a good example.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
Yes! Anybody that says they don’t have time to change or go to the gym: think about how much time it takes you to pick up the phone and order your pizza. A lot longer than going in the kitchen and doing a healthy meal yourself.
And one final thing!
We are delighted to announce that after Glen got in touch with us on Friday, he has been given the all clear after his op. So we wish him well for the future and you can to via twitter.