I didn't want to be a fat father; HUGH BALLOONED TO 22 STONE AFTER HE LEFT THE ARMY BUT WHEN HIS WIFE TOLD HIM SHE WAS PREGNANT HE DECIDED TO ACT.
WHEN Hugh Rose learned he was to be a dad for the first time he didn't want to be a fat father - so he set out to shed more than six stone.
His weight ballooned to nearly 22 stone after he left the Army to become a teacher.
"When I left the Scots Guards, I didn't realise that a change of job would lead to such a dramatic change to my weight," says Hugh, 32, from Aberdeen.
"I have always loved chocolate. When I left my active Army job I started tucking into takeaways, cake and fizzy drinks on top of my daily fix of six chocolate bars."
But it wasn't until his wife Sally announced she was pregnant that he decided to cut out the junk food diet and eat more healthily."I'd lost weight with Scottish Slimmers a few years back so I knew that it worked and started going to a class.
"I was the only guy but I didn't mind - all I cared about was losing weight so I could help Sally when the baby arrived."
As his primary school teacher wife's tummy grew with each passing month, Hugh's waist shrank as the pounds fell off.
"I started walking more as I got leaner and my health started improving.
"I'd been ill with chest pains on and off since leaving the Army. I hadn't been sleeping and had no energy so I was admitted to hospital when my chest pains got worse after I tried to go for a jog.
"I had an angiogram and was surprised but delighted when the test was clear." The health scare left him determined to do something about his weight so he could be around to see his child grow up.
"I was lucky to be alive. It made me think about what I had been doing to my body by filling it with a diet of fry-ups and chips." Sally, 27, supported Hugh in his bid to lose weight, but it was the prospect of becoming a dad that spurred him on.
"When Sally told me she was pregnant I thought, 'Right, this is it,'" says Hugh.
He lost 10lb during the first week and after that he lost two or three pounds a week. Six months after joining Scottish Slimmers, Hugh reached his target weight, losing 6 stone 9lb and slimming down from a waistline of 44in to 34in. .
Hugh's life has changed more than he could have imagined.
"We have a gorgeous son, Fraser, who is seven months old, and I am a member of a running club.
I've done crosscountry races and a 10k.
"So much has changed.
But the most important thing is that I'm a fit and healthy dad."
Contact Scottish Slimmers on 0800 36 26 36 or www.scottishslimmers.com
Name: Hugh Rose Age: 32 Occupation: student teacher From: Aberdeen Height: 6'3" Waist before: 44" Waist after: 34" Weight before: 21 stone 10lb Weight after: 15 stone 1lb Weight loss: 6 stone 9 lb
Breakfast: None Snack: Three butteries, chocolate, diet cola Lunch: Fried eggs, beans and toast, diet cola Snack: Chocolate, crisps Dinner: Burger, chips, beans and diet cola.