A couple once branded “too fat to work” have celebrated losing a combined 20 stone by renewing their wedding vows in Blackpool.
When Steve Beer – who found fame when he appeared alongside wife Michelle on Channel 5’s ‘Too fat to work’ programme – said “til death do us part” last year, little did he know his obesity meant that might not be very long.
But after collapsing at his wedding reception and being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot, he decided it was time to turn his life around.
The couple both went on a boot camp-style weight loss course and spurred on by their new-found fitness they headed North to renew their vows.
Steve, who lives with his wife in Plymouth, Devon, said: “It’s been really tough but we are trying to sort our lives our and start from the beginning.
“At my wedding, I was taken ill with a blood clot on my lung so after what we’ve done lately we thought we would renew our vows.”
At least we are doing something about our lives and losing the weight to sort ourselves out.Steve Beer
As regular visitors to the resort who come every year to see friends, Blackpool was the obvious choice for the ceremony.
The pair reaffirmed their love for each other at Festival House, on the Promenade, before a reception – including a “mostly healthy” buffet – at the Stanley Road Working Men’s Club.
Steve added: “It was a really good ceremony – we were looked after very well.”
Since returning home from their Fat Off, Fit On boot camp, the couple have kept up the hard work with five work-outs a week.
Steve, who is 5ft 5ins tall, weighed in at 32 stone before he started exercising and, according to his trainers, could only stand for a “few seconds” before he became breathless.
He now weighs 21 stone and has his sights set on his target weight of 12 stone.
Michelle has lost almost 10 stone since the start of the year and at 14 stone has just four more to shed before she reaches her target weight.
But since attracting wide-spread criticism after their TV appearance for spending their benefits on their £3,000 wedding, the unemployed couple insist they are turning their lives around.
Steve said: “At least we are doing something about our lives and losing the weight to sort ourselves out.
“I am searching for employment at this moment in time.”
Later this month, the couple plan to take part in the Great North Run, a half marathon in Newcastle.