A Warwick man who has lost more than a third of his previous weight has turned his life around so much that he is taking part in a half marathon in a few months’ time.
Edd Terrey, who used to weigh more than 21 stone and had a 44 inch waist, has shed an impressive eight and a half stone since he decided to shape up around nine years ago.
But the 33-year-old, who works has head of children and young people services for the charity Midland Mencap, did not lose weight by going on a diet - what he did do was introduce regular exercise into his daily life and started making healthier choices about what he ate.
Edd said: “I saw photos of myself at a party and that’s the point where it clicked. I realised how sick I was of being so unhealthy - of getting out breath walking short distances and of not being able to find any clothes that fitted me.
“After a trip to the doctors and hearing some difficult home truths, I decided I needed to make a change.
“Weight loss is all about sustainability. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not about a change in diet – it’s about a change in lifestyle. If you’d told 24-year-old me that I’d be running a half marathon one day I would not have believed you.”
Edd is taking out time over the summer to train for a triathlon, before he takes on the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run in October. By taking part in the half marathon, he is fundraising for Midland Mencap. The charity provides support for people with learning disabilities, including helping people to plan and organise their own personal support, providing home-based care and personal assistants, providing short break respite services and day activities and helping people find college and work placements. The organisation also supports the carers and families of those with learning disabilities.
To sponsor Edd, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MidlandMencap15
To find out more about the charity, visit midlandmencap.blogspot.co.uk