Jim's story – knee pain
When Jim Dunwoody got to the age of 65 his increasing weight and decreasing fitness levels forced him to take drastic action. At just 5ft 7ins tall, he weighed in at 16½ stone and he was feeling more and more pain in his left knee.
'I was square and squat and I knew I was too heavy for my knees; the pain never stopped me walking but it was constant and nagging,' says Jim, a retired company director from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.
He finally decided to take action to lose weight and get fit in the New Year of 2008. 'The main reason was that my brother was found to have cancer of the liver but because it was operated on early it was a success,' he explains.
'It was a huge relief but it brought me up sharp. I was 65, in the process of selling my house, my business and my boat; a whole life change. And here was I, coming into official retirement fat and unfit – it was ridiculous.'
Jim started to attend to his local Slimmers’ World. 'It was a catalyst for me – having to be weighed publicly every week and everyone in the group knowing if you have gained or lost pounds was my incentive. I found it worked very well for me.'
At the same time Jim started to exercise, starting at three miles a day, up to his current regime of eight brisk miles a day, at 5am every morning.
'I used to have a problem walking, but now I’m pain-free.'
A year and a half after starting his weight loss and exercise regime, Jim has lost four stone and is now a trim 12½ stone. 'It’s been terrific,' he says. 'Losing weight and exercising worked well together – the one encouraged the other. As I lost weight the pain in my knee gradually reduced, and it’s practically gone now.'
There has been another benefit from his new healthier lifestyle – he has stopped snoring much to the delight of his wife. He adds: 'I was a walking nightmare – now I’m a walking role model!'