A Higher Anglia practice driver and conductor have impressed 1000’s of rail staff to take care of their well being by sharing their weight reduction journey at an business occasion.
Dean Barnes, 37, a driver, and Al Collis, 35, a conductor, each work on the Higher Anglia routes out of Ipswich.
They teamed as much as reduce weight collectively and even launched a YouTube channel about their progress to maintain one another motivated and encourage others.
On 4 and 5 November they shared their story on the rail business’s Rail Wellbeing Reside occasion to encourage 9,000 different members to give attention to their very own well being and wellbeing.
Dean had reached round 16.5 stone and Al 20.5 stone in weight and, in conversations with one another, found that their weight was making them sad and turning into an issue for his or her well being and relationships.
Each had tried numerous diets for years with little success, however it had been made worse by Covid-19 and turning into much less busy at work.
Collectively they determined to they wanted to give attention to losing a few pounds and staying constructive, in order that they teamed to begin a YouTube and Twitter channel the place they might speak about their points with weight and the way they had been going to sort out them virtually of their on a regular basis lives.
Since August, Dean and Al have been utilizing their movies to inspire themselves and set challenges from setting private meal plans to operating 60 miles in a month, and even testing apps and expertise geared toward serving to them maintain match.
The movies are filmed as soon as every week in and round the place they stay and work.
They’re now 12 weeks right into a 52-week plan throughout which they hope to shed a minimum of 3 stone every.
Dean mentioned: “Driving a practice might be lonely, which is partly why I eat rather a lot at work. We’ve each acquired households and we determined we wanted to lose fats and get fitter however discovering a method of doing it the place we wouldn’t fail like we had prior to now so many occasions.
“The YouTube channel was actually Al’s thought and it was our method of getting us motivated and maintaining us accountable to losing a few pounds and thus far, fingers crossed, it appears to be working.
“Wellbeing is admittedly essential within the rail business, particularly throughout these making an attempt occasions with Covid and I hope our instance evokes others to sort out the problems that have an effect on them”.
Al mentioned: “Dean and I acquired fed up with our weight not happening after numerous makes an attempt individually so we made a pact with one another that we may grow to be match and wholesome for the sake of ourselves, our households and one another. The movies we make collectively are our experiences of making an attempt to reduce weight in the true world and there’s definitely no pretend glamour to what we do. To date, we’re on observe to attain our targets and with lots of of followers already, we hope to encourage others too.”