A grandfather who lost an incredible seven stone despite breaking his back has scooped several awards for his amazing efforts.
Steve Carnell, 55, joined his local Slimming World group at Charnos Hall in January 2012 tipping the scales at 20 stone.
The dad-of-four wanted to lose five stone after realising he had been ignoring his weight problem for years.
He said: “It suddenly dawned on me that my clothing size was getting out of hand so I decided that I had to do something about it.”
In his first week Steve lost 3.5lbs and carried on making good progress. By July he had lost four stone and in October Steve had reached his five stone loss target but his success had encouraged him to lose even more weight so he started out to lose another two stone.
He was on target to shed the pounds but until January this year when a sledging trip with his family went horrifically wrong.
Steve said: “I set off down a big hill, the one no one else was going down, the next thing I know I was in mid air.
“I bounced to the bottom landing in a heap with excruciating pain in my back.”
Steve was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre where doctors told him he had broken his back.
But eleven days later and after an operation to put pins and rods in his back he was home.
He said: “Things weren’t very upbeat in my head, however, we all have our cross to bear so two weeks after my accident I was back at Slimming World and I hadn’t put any weight and in fact got my six stone award in February.”
By August this year Steve had shed an amzing seven stone and was crowned Greatest Loser 2013.
He said: “I couldn’t have done it withouth the fantastic support of my wife Esther, my family, the group and Steph.”
Group leader, Steph Henshaw, said: “Steve is absolutely fantastic and is such an important member of our group. He’s an inspiration and always shares his experiences and passion and of course his top tips.”