Sunday 30 April 2017

‘I saw myself on telly and I looked three sizes bigger than the person sitting next to me’- Spin presenter Thomas Crosse on tackling his 18st weight

Thomas Crosse shed 1st9lb in 12 weeks
Thomas Crosse shed 1st9lb in 12 weeks
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Irish radio personality Thomas Crosse has opened up about the humiliating circumstances that encouraged him to tackle his weight, which had crept up to almost 19 stone in just three years.

The early morning voice on Spin 103.8 revealed that it was a talking to from his dad that inspired him to overhaul his diet, after they watched back an episode of TV3’s Midday in which he appeared.

“I’ve been doing more and more work with TV3 and I was asked to go on Midday one afternoon,” he said.

“After I got off air, my dad gently said to me ‘You really need to take care of your weight’. I was angry and upset, but when I watched it back I could see that he was right. I looked three sizes bigger than the person sitting next to me. My dad was just concerned for me, and said it out of kindness.

Spin 103.8's Thomas Crosse recreates the Miss Bikini Ireland photoshoot
Spin 103.8's Thomas Crosse recreates the Miss Bikini Ireland photoshoot

The presenter, known as Crossy to his listeners, revealed that the creeping pounds were making it more difficult to find clothes that fit him. Ahead of a wedding at the beginning of the summer, Thomas revealed that the exercise of searching for a suit was particularly draining.

“About three months ago, my friend was getting married and I left it to the complete last minute to get a suit. I can really say it was one of the more humiliating days of my life. I went into a few shops and the people at the counter would almost immediately say they didn’t have my size, or they wouldn’t have anything in the shop to fit me. It was embarrassing but I needed that kick as well,” he said.

The radio star, who lives in Castleknock in Dublin, accepted a 12-week challenge with Nutramino, a sports nutrition brand, which has seen him drop from 18st9lb to 17st in three months.

Thomas admitted that the challenge has opened up his eyes to the damage he was doing to his body, when it came to diet.

“If my exercise was non-existent, my diet was completely out of control. I was waking up, and having a Red Bull almost first thing in the morning, and before the end of my radio show at 11, I could have had three cans of Diet Coke. I’d have breakfast rolls or chicken fillet rolls for lunch, and I’d have a takeaway almost every night of the week.

“Making my own dinner was almost unheard of. I’d have my chicken burger and chips but before that I’d have onion rings or a battered sausage for the drive home which was ridiculous. I was drinking a lot too, going out with different groups of friends each night, or having a glass of wine in the evening when I wasn’t.

The presenter, known as Crossy to his listeners, revealed that the creeping pounds were making it more difficult to find clothes that fit him
The presenter, known as Crossy to his listeners, revealed that the creeping pounds were making it more difficult to find clothes that fit him

“My diet has completely changed. I have never cooked before really, but I’m enjoying it. Obviously, there’s some things that aren’t great, I think quinoa is like sadness in a bowl, but I still eat it because I need to keep losing weight if I want to reach a goal of 14 stone,” he said.

Thomas revealed that he hopes to continue his fitness journey with a goal of reaching 14st. The Spin presenter admitted that he will attend two weddings this winter, but the experience of finding something to wear will be that bit easier.

“I have two weddings coming up, one in October, and one in South Africa in December. There’s going to be so many pictures of me in shorts on Facebook, people will be sick of me.

“I was always able to laugh at myself and joke about my weight, but there came a point where it just wasn’t funny. It was something that needed to be tackled and I’m delighted I’m, on the way to doing that now,” he said.

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