Struggling with mobility after sustaining a serious injury, 48-year-old Chris Nelson sheds nine stone in one year and now hopes to do a half marathon to inspire others.
Chris Nelson is a design engianeer working in Newcastle but originally from South Lanarkshire, Scotland. In April 2015, Chris was in a car accident which left him with soft tissue injuries of his spine, neck and lower back. A few months later, in July, Chris fell down a two feet deep sink hole in a park, breaking his left knee, requiring surgery.
“I limped around for over a year afterwards with mobility issues and still experience pain today. My poor mobility led to chronic pain which resulted in significant progressive weight gain over the next few years.
“I was then diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea in 2017 and was prescribed treatment of breathing apparatus.”
In November 2017, at his peak, Chris weighed 23 stone 10lbs. He had a poor fitness level, higher blood pressure than normal and other weight related issues. By the end of 2017, Chris decided he needed to start taking control of his weight and so in January 2018, he began his health and fitness improvement journey in a bid to change his life for the better.
The first changes Chris made involved his diet: “I switched from fried food with buttered toast to healthier low sugar, high fibre wholegrain cereals mixed with dried fruit for breakfast.
“I also made adjustments to lunch and dinner and cut out mid meal treats almost entirely, apart from fresh fruit.”
Chris also gave up alcohol in June 2018. Through making these changes to his diet, eating healthily on a lower calorie diet and with normal daily activity like walking during his lunch breaks, Chris managed to reduce his weight down to 18 stone 5lbs by early July 2018. Chris reached a point where he felt he’d be able to undertake more exercise and so joined Xercise4Less Gyms, enrolled in his first transformation camp and began One-to-One personal training sessions.
“At the age of 48, I joined a gym for the first time to rebuild lost muscle, gain strength and improve my fitness and body shape.
“After just one transformation camp, I lost 15lbs and reduced my waistline around the navel by 10cm!”
At his most recent transformation camp, and with the help of his PT Karl McGuire, he has lost an amazing 32lbs, further reduced his waist measurement by another 10cm and increased body muscle mass by using a mix of cardio exercise and regular weight training. Chris has entered the New Year nine stone 4lbs lighter than in 2018 and feels great, weighing 14 stone 6lbs.
“I’m not entirely pain free from my past injury but many of my other health issues are resolved. I feel a lot fitter, physically stronger and generally happier within myself.
“I couldn’t have done it without the genuine support and expert advice from my PT Karl, he motivated me to work harder when he knew I could but also protected me from overexertion.” “Joining Xercise4Less Gyms, signing up for a transformation camp then PT sessions was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”
Chris now wants to use his experiences to inspire others to make a change to their lives: “The key is just to believe in yourself and go for it, enjoy it and always keep positive. His goal for 2019 is to hopefully sign himself up for a running event in 2019, raising money for a good charitable cause.
“If things improve with my leg, I would love to ultimately enter the Simplyhealth Great North Run in Newcastle.”