A MAN who has struggled with his weight has come up with a way to fight the flab – by getting on his bike and raising money for charity.
Daniel Francis, of Anglesey Road, Burton, first featured in the Mail in 2010 after dropping from 27 stone to 18 stone.
However, his weight soon started to fluctuate, and in bid to keep the pounds off he decided to launch a renewed health kick.
As part of his bid to keep fit he will be taking on a cycle challenge later this month in aid of Diabete UK.
He said: “Since the Mail ran a story on me, I continued to lose weight until I hit just under 16 stone then complacency set in and I let it slide back up to 20.
“At this point, I developed gallstones and had to go on a health kick again and am now back to 16-and-a-half stone.
“I haven’t had the gallstones out yet as my health has improved so much but I am trying to get as slim as possible before going for the operation in the future.
“In August, I challenged myself to take part in Ian Leech’s charity bike ride in memory of his daughter Mel, as featured within the paper.
“I was proud to be the first one to complete the event – it wasn’t a race but the old me wouldn’t have completed it at all.
“This led to me to look to my next challenge which will be an 18-mile bike ride around and through Delamere Forest in Cheshire on September 22.
“While a shorter route than Ian’s event, it should be a much harder route and I am cycling 60 to 90 miles a week around Burton in preparation.
“It is described as a very physical challenge and while it’s a shorter distance than the recent ride I undertook, the conditions should make it more challenging.
“I am doing this ride for Diabetes UK, for obvious reasons when you read my history.
“After completing this challenge, I am planning to take part in a 52-mile cycle in Manchester next June and then emulate Ian’s current heroics by targeting a London to Paris cycle ride in 2015.”
“When I was diagnosed as being a Type 2 diabetic in 2009, I was 27 stone and getting heavier by the month.
“Having been fat and later obese since the age of seven, I had barely known anything about eating well or exercising but being told by a doctor that you will be dead by 35 is one of those life changing events.
“I have proven I can beat this problem now - please help me to make what I do worthwhile for those that need it and sponsor me.”
To sponsor Daniel, head online to www.justgiving.com/daniel-francis13