Hatfield man loses 10 stone in under a year

Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield, before (left) and after (right) his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield, before (left) and after (right) his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

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A Hatfield man has lost more than 10 stone over the last year following a health scare.

Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield, before his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield, before his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

Mike Jefferies, 57, lost 140 pounds in under a year after being inspired by his daughter’s weight loss and undergoing routine surgery to have his thyroid removed earlier in the year.

During the procedure it was discovered that things were more complicated than they had first appeared and it took the team of surgeons almost five hours to complete the operation.

During the rush to finish the surgery, Mike’s back was jarred causing him great pain when he came round from the operation.

As Mike had got his weight down before the surgery it meant that his back could be healed with intensive physiotherapy.

Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield,after his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield,after his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

Through the Hatfield Slimming World group, Mike was also introduced to the Slimming World Does Walk All Over Cancer initiative, which raises money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity was already close to Mike’s heart after they had supported his brother, Hank, during his battle with the disease.

Mike, an Area Buyer for webuyanycar.com, said: “When I learnt that I could help raise money for charity while working towards my weight loss goal, I felt even more motivated to get active.

“If it hadn’t been for my significant weight loss, my recovery back to full health after being in hospital could have been a very different story.”

Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield,after his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.Mike Jefferies, of Hatfield,after his 10 stone weight loss journey. Picture: Supplied.

The dad said that before losing the weight doing anything active was his idea of a “nightmare” and he would do anything to avoid putting on a pair of trainers.

Over the past year he has walked over 100 kilometres, raising £800 for the charity.

He has also encouraged 40 colleagues to join Slimming World and get involved with charity campaigns throughout the year.

Mike added: “The support from my family, friends and colleagues has been amazing and I plan to continue raising money for the charity and staying active for many years to come.”

Richard Evans, head of technical services at webuyanycar.com, said: “We’re immensely proud of Mike and his incredible achievement.

“It’s great to see that Mike has encouraged so many of the team to join him on his journey too.”

Mike completed his fourth charity walk on Saturday, September 1, and is already planning his next walk in October.

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