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KING of the hills

At more than 23st, there was only so far Karl Rowe could cycle. Could losing weight help him conquer the rides that had once defeated him?

KARL WEARS: Jacket and top, both Marks & Spencer. Jeans, Gap. Shoes, Next

SNAPSHOT

Karl Rowe, 51, is a bus driver and lives in Killingworth, Newcastle, with his wife, Sheila. They have two grown-up children and three grandchildren

Height: 6ft 4ins

Starting weight: 23st 2lbs

Weight now: 15st 4lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 7st 12lbs

Karl is a member of Rachel Falcus’s Slimming World group in Killingworth

Killingworth to Newcastle town centre, June 2011 19st 3lbs

I pushed down my foot on the pedal of my bike and slowly set off to work. Another push and another… Already I was starting to pant and I hadn’t even got to the end of the road.

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About Slimming World

Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim
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