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Man of the match

Meet our slimming champions Danny, Tom and Ollie, who’ve lost an inspirational 48st between them and completely transformed their lives…

‘I’m the man I was meant to be’


Slimming World’s Man of the Year, Reverend Danny Crosby, 45, is a Minister for the Unitarian Church and lives in Altrincham, Cheshire. He’s 6ft ½in tall and weighs 12st 3lbs, having lost 8st 1lb at Janet Cullen’s group in Altrincham, where he’s a target member

The pats on the belly were the thing that finally got to me. I was at my nephew Joe’s wedding reception – I’d dressed in a sharp new suit and, looking in the mirror that morning, had thought I looked OK. Even the best tailoring I could afford couldn’t disguise my 44in waist, though. Part of me knew I was overweight. Yet that evening, it was as if for the first time ever, I understood how big I really was. My heart pounding, I excused myself from the room and stood sobbing in the pitch-dark car park. Nobody had meant to upset me – I knew I was loved. I’d just realised what everyone else already knew: that I wasn’t a big, strong man. I was a big, overweight man. When all the tears were gone, I did the thing I always did in dark times – I started to pray. And I soon realised what I was going to do... For the second time in my life, I was going to walk into a room full of strangers and admit I needed help. In 2003, I’d managed to quit drinking. Would Slimming World help me to change my unhealthy eating habits?

As a skinny child, I’d always wanted to weigh more. I was born with a spine problem, where the nerves that affect the movement of my back hadn’t formed properly. I saw myself as a weedy-looking kid, who walked with a shuffling gait. I couldn’t run or play footy like my friends, and was nicknamed ‘penguin’. My teens and early 20s were very unhappy. I’d grown out of some of my back problems so walking around was easier, but I never developed a healthy self-esteem. I left school without qualifications, drank far too much, joined a punk band, and struggled with what I wanted from life. Eventually I became a mature student at the University of Manchester, where the lifestyle – beer, takeaways and junk food – meant that for the first time I gained weight. By the time I graduated with a degree in politics and modern history, I had a 36in waist. Rather than being alarmed, though, I was pleased. Now I had the bigger body I’d always wanted.

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About Slimming World

Give yourself the gift of weight loss this Christmas with the November/December issue of Slimming World magazine... Featuring amazing real-life transformations, fab and filling recipes, and tips and advice to see you celebrate the festive season in slimming-friendly style. If a cracking weight loss is top of your wish list this Christmas, then we’re here to help. We’ve packed the new issue with ways to help you get through this frantic time of year, keep your weight loss on track and enjoy yourself, too. From ideas for filling your freezer with hearty slimming food and strategies for surviving stress, through to a guide to enjoying party-season tipples without giving your slimdown a hangover, we’ve got it covered. There’s also sleigh-loads of inspiration. Our party girls, Chantelle, Kathryn and Sarah, tell us how losing weight gave them their sparkle back in their 30s, 40s and 50s, while Slimming World’s Man of the Year, Danny, shares his emotional journey – after losing 8st he feels like the man he was always meant to be. And there are six more seasonal weight-loss stories to enjoy. Total weight loss in the issue? An incredible 83st. Plus: a super-tasty seven-day menu plan; the season’s hottest fragrances for men; and our top tech-y fitness finds. ‘App’y Christmas!