Postman gets stamp of approval after managing to shed six stone
A postman who would eat half a pan of bread while preparing dinner, has changed the way he eats and has shed more than six stone.
Colm Ryan (33) says there is no shame in men going to a weight-loss group. He was inspired to tackle his weight by his own dad, Martin, who lost five stone.
Colm, originally from Artane, Dublin, now lives with his partner Mary Galvin and their son Sean (5) in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
“I did not want to become a burden to Sean in a few years time because of my weight,” he explained.
Colm says that when he finished secondary school, in St David’s CSB, Artane, where he played gaelic and soccer, he “ate food just as I had done before but with the exercise having gone out the window”.
“I was way out of control with my eating. What encouraged me to try Slimming World was really my dad Martin. He was the main inspiration.”
Colm said his dad lost five stone after joining a group in Drogheda, so he joined a group in Ratoath, run by Teresa O’Driscoll.
He has since lost nearly one third of his body weight.
“Before, I would have half a sliced pan while I was cooking the dinner. Now I find that if I eat a couple of slices of freshly baked bread I feel really
He has dropped from 19 stone 3lbs to 12 stone 12lb and does cardio exercise classes.
“My biggest problem was that I would be cooking away and have a slice of bread and then another slice with butter on top.”
He said he had the habit of eating convenience food and “there were six or seven months where everything was processed. Cooking is now the main event in our home and I do a lot of it.”
He does not feel hungry and his portions of food are large but are full of veg and other healthy choices.
Colm says his love of food has been passed onto Sean.
“His eating habits have improved a lot too. Now I have a lot of food prepped and in the fridge such as carrot, broccoli and swede.”
Part of the reason Colm lost weight was for the sake of Sean.
“I am no use to him if I end up in a wheelchair at the age of 40 or 50. He was one of the main drivers of me losing weight. I realised how important a role I am in his life and I don’t want to be a burden to him.”
He joined Slimming World, Ratoath, in February this year and has just been chosen as their Mr Sleek of the Year.