His new year’s resolution was to lose weight – and 12 months later Kit Harper-Allen has lost more than seven stones.
And he’s still going strong.
At his heaviest, Kit, of Hall Gate Lane, Stalmine, weighed 19 stones and eight pounds and had a 42ins waistline.
Now, after a year of dieting and exercise, he’s a healthy 12 stone four and wears 32ins trousers.
And it’s all down to his friend and former boxer Jack Arnfield.
Kit, 24, said: “I was speaking to him around Christmas time and just decided that I wanted to lose weight.
“Jack had just opened up his gym so I said I’d start going once a week and he sorted me out a diet plan. Once I started noticing I’d lost weight it spurred me on to go to the gym more often.”
Kit is now at the gym up to three times a week, and spends his free time running.
At his unhealthiest, Kit admits he was eating take-away food three nights a week.
“It wasn’t anything healthy either,” he said.
“I’ve been overweight most of my life. I’d eat lots of snacks of crisps and chocolate and I’d only drink fizzy pop – it was pretty awful.
“But now I’ve completely changed my lifestyle. I still have a take-away once a week to treat myself, but I’ll work out harder in the week so I can enjoy it.
“And I’ve completely cut out fizzy drinks.”
Kit, a mechanic, puts his success down to having his friend to spur him on.
He added: “I think with Jack putting a diet and exercise plan together for me means I’m letting him down as well as myself if I fail. That’s what’s kept me going because I want to make him proud.”
Even though he’s lost the weight, Kit says he has every intention to continue with the healthy eating and gym sessions.
Jack, who owns Arnfield Gymnasium on Back Reads Road, Blackpool, said: “Kit has changed his life completely.
“I’m so proud of him. I know he’s tried diets before but they’ve not worked for him. My diet and exercise plan has worked for him, but it’s down to Kit really. He’s gone from a large man who’s health was in jeopardy with bad knees to someone who’s so fit he gives everyone else at the gym a run for their money.”
Jack, also 24, said he used his own training as a boxer to create Kit’s plan.
“He’s my success story,” he added.