'Fare play': Bus man Tony sheds 5 stone
A DUBLIN bus driver alights from his bus five stone lighter these days.
Anthony Beakhurst (40) fits more snugly behind the wheel of his bus since slimming down from 17st 2lbs to 12 stone.
The father-of-two said advice that his over-eating was linked to his emotions helped him lose weight.
The Clondalkin busman said when he was a child he felt he was different and struggled to fit in.
"Like many chidren, I suffered bullying at school and was often told I was gay," he said.
"I had now developed this thinking that everybody was out to get me.
"I usually drove away potential partners with my own insecurities and lack of trust for other people," he added.
But his wife Deirdre is a rock in his life and they are married for more than 10 years, with two beautiful daughters Sophie and Grace, he said.
Anthony enrolled in a course two years ago where he discovered he was a "reward eater" linking eating with emotions.
"I followed a healthy eating plan for six-months and completed some homework ... I ate sensibly and walked every day," he said.
"I lost 8lbs alone in my first week and the pattern of weight loss continued, which just encouraged me.
"The more I lost the better I felt," he addded.
Anthony later took up cycling and is now enjoying outdoor activities, he said.
Today, he will be on his bicycle completing a Galway to Dublin charity cycle in aid of the Laurels Charity Crew which raises funds for the Children's Medical Research Foundation.
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