Amusement parks are one of the greatest forms of entertainment because it brings families together for an outing that lasts a lifetime. Many people, young an old, enjoy the thrills and noises associated with theme parks, taking wild rides on roller coasters which have death-defying drops and fast speeds. However, there has always been height and weight restriction associated with them and sometimes when you're the person being denied it can become embarrassing as you're asked to leave the line.
This is exactly what happened with a British father who was asked to exit a line because of his weight while on an outing at a theme park with his children. From Fox News;
In May, 33-year-old Blake Lewis, along with his wife, Laura, 35, and their two children, Sophie, 5, and Toby, 6, headed out for a fun day at a theme park in Staffordshire. But when Lewis boarded a ride, he was mortified when the safety bar wouldn’t fit over his stomach. He was then asked to get off the ride for “health and safety reason,” SWNS, a British news agency, reports.
As humiliating as the incident was it set off a chain of events that emboldened Lewis to consider making a few lifestyle changes to help with his weight loss.
“My daughter Sophie didn’t understand why we couldn’t go on the ride because we had sat down alright. I knew I was big but when I couldn’t get the belt over my stomach I thought: ‘This doesn’t happen to people every day. Something is not right,'" he recalled. “We were told to get off and Sophie was upset because she had to wait while her brother went on the ride with her mum. There were a few tears,” he added.
Over the course of the next few months, Lewis took charge of his life to make health and fitness a top priority.
Soon after, Lewis put himself on a diet. He replaced junk food that often included burgers, fries, and chips with healthier options such as vegetables and lean meats. He claims he reduced his caloric intake from 5,000 calories to roughly 1,000 per day. In addition, he began to walk to his place of work, located roughly a mile and a half away from his home. He also set up a gym in his garage.
Now, Lewis is a completely different man with a brand new lease on life.
Eighteen months later, Lewis dropped just over half of his body weight, going from a 40-inch waist to a 32-inch one. "I saw myself as addicted to junk food, mainly savory things like pies, burgers, fries and [chips]. I could devour three to five thousand calories a day, sometimes more. But now, I’ve gone cold turkey. I don’t get the cravings anymore,” he said. “It’s all about the will power, being disciplined and cutting out the rubbish.”
And he has a message for all of those that wish to accomplish the same feat he did.
“I tell them to do what I did and Google healthy foods and recipes. The key is meal prepping,” he said. “Every Sunday, I’d prepare healthy meals and freeze them or put them in the fridge.”“Stick at it hard for the first few weeks then you’ll be encouraged when the pounds start coming off,” he continued. “I did it completely by myself. I’ve never been healthier.”
Lewis is truly an inspiration for all of those wanting to make weight loss a top goal for 2020 and beyond.