One of the great things about the Life! program are the tools it gives you to keep the good work going in the long term.

AlanAlan joined the Life! program as, despite leading an active working lifestyle as a farmer in Donald, he had gained some weight. “My health was good but I knew I was overweight. I was feeling a bit uncomfortable and noticed I wasn’t quite as supple when I was playing bowls. My wife and I were concerned about the possibility of my getting type 2 diabetes, so, all in all, it was time to do something.”

Alan found that the Life! program phone coaching option suited him. “My Life! coach fitted the calls in around me, which meant we were able to talk on Saturdays when I wasn’t working. The coaching was excellent, and my coach really knew her stuff.

“I appreciated the way she kept things simple, and we kept my plan to the basics of a combination of diet and exercise.”

Putting his Life! plan into action was a lot easier than Alan thought: “To be honest, it didn’t feel like I did a lot. I changed to having a smaller breakfast, and for other meals I cut down on meat and started eating more veg. That was it.

“As for exercise, my wife and I have upped our walking, and I’m back on a pushbike for the first time in 50 years. That felt really good. These days I exercise every morning before work, and now I miss it if I don’t do it. None of it feels like hard work.”

Focusing on the basics has worked for Alan: “I’ve lost two-and-a-half stone (15.8kg), which I am very happy about. Physically I feel really good. I drive and operate a lot of heavy machinery as part of my job, and now I find that I can move around a lot easier. I feel good about myself, too, and I’m very pleased with what I’ve done. My doctor’s pleased with me, too, and so is my wife!”

Alan is confident about maintaining his healthier lifestyle. “Temptation is always there for me – working on a farm, we’re surrounded by food: we grow it and we run sheep. But I’ve sustained the changes I’ve made through what I learnt on the Life! program. I bear in mind my coach’s ‘energy in, energy out’ mantra and that keeps me on the straight and narrow.

“What I loved about the Life! program is its simplicity… and the fact that it really works. I’d certainly recommend it to other people – in fact, I’ve just recommended it to my accountant!”