Paul Harrison would sit alone in his living room with empty cans of lager, chocolate bar wrappers and two finished bags of crisps.
The dad was overweight and sick of being a slob so decided one day to kick-start his weight loss journey.
He and his partner Louise joined a gym and ditched their unhealthy lifestyles for good.
Then 16 weeks later, Paul, 41, had lost 46lbs, dropping from 16st 12lbs to 13st 8lbs.
Now the whole family must go for a healthy walk together before the kids are allowed to play the Xbox.
“I was sick of being a slob”
Paul, a floor layer, from Astley near Wigan, said: “I was sick of being a slob. I just used to live on fast food.
“I was always eating on the go – if I was hungry I would pull in at a petrol station and grab a chocolate bar and a bag of crisps to keep me going till I got home.
“I was just snacking all the time, drinking too much, going out a lot.
“If the football was on I would get six cans of lager, for no reason other than the football was on telly. I realised that I had to change.”
He added: “I try to aim for 15,000 steps a day. You don’t realise that if you lounge round the house at the weekend it can get to 2pm and you will only have done 2,000 steps.
“So now I make sure we get out on lots of walks. The kids always say they want to play on the Xbox but they aren’t allowed to go on it unless they’ve been on the walk.
“We’ve also bought a dog as well, so that gets us out even more.”
“We don’t need to go to the pub any more to socialise and it has saved us money. It has completely changed our lives.”
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