Super slimmer James loses 12 stone in a year after 'flash of inspiration'
JUST a few years ago, James Randell exceeded the upper weight limit on his bathroom scales and could barely ride a bike to the end of his street.
But the 28-year-old from Abbeymead has shed an astonishing 12 stone, half his weight, in little more than a year and now plans to ride 300 miles in just 24 hours.
James said: "I'd always been a big guy but being 6ft 5ins tall, one could say I carried my weight well. Playing video games and eating took up all of my spare time – boxes of cakes, those mini-flapjacks, bags of doughnuts, family-sized bags of crisps and exceptionally cheap cola. By the time I hit my 20s, I was maxing out the scales at 24 stone and gaining – by how much I could never tell since the scales didn't go any higher."
His life changed after an unexpected and still unexplained flash of inspiration at 2pm on an ordinary Sunday. Over the course of the next year or so, James went from a 50-inch to a 34-inch waist.
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"I still to this day have no idea why and how such a strong response gripped me," he said. "The next day, I bought my first mountain bike and signed up to the local gym. I cut my food intake massively and stopped eating all the junk food and drinks."
Now he is taking to the saddle to ride in the RIDE24 endurance race this weekend. It is run by children's charity Action Medical Research, and takes place at Thruxton Motor Circuit on Saturday and Sunday.
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