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‘I’m fitter than ever at 50!’

Losing more than 4½st didn’t just save Richard Line’s career, it supercharged every part of his life…and now he’s even taking triathlons in his stride

RICHARD WEARS: Jumper, Ted Baker. Polo shirt, Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant at Debenhams. Jeans, St George by Duffer at Debenhams. Shoes, Next


Richard Line, 50, is a police sergeant and lives in Biddulph, Staffordshire, with his wife, Karen. He has two children, Rebecca, 27, and Michael, 25, and two grandchildren

Height: 6ft 4ins

Starting weight: 18st 2lbs

Weight now: 13st 6½lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 4st 9½lbs

Richard is a member of Karen Line’s Slimming World group in Biddulph

September 2011 18st 2lbs

I’m on a weekend away with my wife, Karen. I should be enjoying a well-earned break. Yet something’s been weighing heavily on my mind.

I’d been mulling it over all morning as Karen and I wandered around the local shops. When we got back to the hotel room and I lowered myself onto the bed, she took one look at me and could tell something was wrong. ‘It’s these new fitness tests they’re introducing for work,’ I said. ‘I know it’s a couple of years away, but I honestly don’t think I’ll pass like this. I’m so much bigger than when I first joined the force and I do no exercise…if I’m not fit enough, I could lose my job.’

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About Slimming World

July’s Slimming World magazine is the ultimate motivation issue! Be inspired by four super slimmers who feel 10 years younger since losing more than 21st between them, then get your own slimdown started with our 7-day eating plan. Stuck in a recipe rut? Shake things up with our lightened-up Italian classics and clever iced desserts. And discover how both mindfulness and music could bring something new to your weight-loss campaign. We’re here to help you freshen up your focus and achieve your weight-loss dreams.