Powerlifting vicar drops six stone, as he stops accepting cakes from parish members
Reverend David Brae swapped pastries for protein and powerlifting, and dropped an impressive six stone.
The vicar revealed his weight had soared to 19 stone after an injury stopped him from playing his beloved rugby.
In the meantime, he got into a sweet trap of accepting all treats that came his way.
“A lot of the clergy have weight issues because it’s so easy to put it on. When I do house visits, host church fetes or even after a sermon, I’ll be inundated with cakes, treats and sweets," he told the Mirror.
“Everyone always wants to make that Father Ted joke, ‘Would you like another cup of tea, Father?’ It was funny the first few times but I soon started to see the effect it was having on my body," he added.
Realising something had to change, he vowed to get in shape and joined a gym.
Eighteen months into his lifestyle overhaul, he found a new passion for fitness and began to blog about his transformation.
On 'Ramblings of the Brae - A reflection on strength, fitness and faith', the reverend would laugh that members of his parish that he met in the gym would ask him to pray for their muscles to grow.
David is currently preparing to compete in a powerlifting competition - which causes his wife to "scream with laughter".
“I did feel a bit odd when I first stepped into the heavy weights area at the gym, no one really expects the local vicar to even be in the gym, let alone taking on powerlifting," he admitted.
“Within a couple of months I started to feel a dramatic difference in myself, I felt fitter, healthier, stronger and much less stressed," he said.
“My job is very demanding and takes up a huge amount of time. When I get to the gym it’s my time to release and let go of my day-to-day life. For me, exercise is extremely spiritual. Your body is a gift and you need to look after it in the best way that suits you. I think it’s a really positive message to go into the gym with and help you achieve your goals," he mused.
He concluded, “I don’t take myself too seriously at all, I’ve got T-shirts that say ‘Reps for Jesus’ and ‘Are you stronger than the vicar?’
David credits his success to online health retailer MuscleFood.com, who provide him with high-protein alternatives to his satisfy sweet tooth.