A Derbyshire lollipop man has revealed how he has lost nearly three stone at the age of 75.
Geoff Marsden often felt lethargic and was struggling to cope with aches and pains, after weighing in at his heaviest of 17st 9lbs back in January.
Geoff, the lollipop man at Mundy CofE Junior School, in Heanor, felt like he was only going to get bigger as he regularly snacked on biscuits and cakes.
But after getting the motivation needed to lose weight, the grandad-of-seven made big changes to his diet, and has now slimmed down to 14st 13.5lbs.
Geoff, who retired from his career as a gas engineer in 2012, looked back on the problems he faced at the start of this year.
He said: “I was becoming very lethargic, hefty and feeling as if I was Mr Blobby.
“I was feeling all the aches and pains, and I couldn’t deal with it very well.
“I’d never felt like that before because I had a very active job – I was a gas man, up and down stairs all the time.
“My partner got me some new size 40 trousers last year. Within a few months, they were too small for me and I was on size 44 trousers.
“I was eating lots of biscuits, enjoying cakes, and just getting bigger and bigger.”
Geoff decided to join Michelle Selby’s Slimming World group in Heanor in mid-January.
He has since lost nearly three stone after making big changes to his diet and taking up doing more regular exercise.
Geoff, who has been working as a lollipop man since November, last year, said: “I cut out the chocolate biscuits, cake and butter, and I started to notice it was making a big difference.
“I grow all my own fruit and vegetables, like tomatoes and cucumbers, so that has been a bit of a blessing, not having to go out and buy them.
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“Me and my partner have cut down on our portion sizes too. I just treat myself occasionally now, and have a bar of chocolate once a fortnight or something like that.
“I take my dog for a walk every morning, and I’ve always done that for years and years.
“But I’ve also got myself an exercise bike, and gradually built up from doing 15 minutes to 25 minutes every two days.
“I’ve become fitter, I’ve become lighter, and my legs don’t ache at all after exercising.”
Geoff offered up some advice to anyone who is thinking of trying to lose weight, highlighting the importance of staying dedicated, even if the weight does not come off straight away.
He said: “You have got to stick at when you are…