“I look at myself in the mirror and think ‘Oh my God, how embarrassing!'”
Eight years ago, Emlyn lost his 53 year old father to lung cancer. Losing his father at such a young age had a big effect on Emlyn and he does not want the same thing to happen to him. Emlyn wants to be there to see his Grandchildren grow up as his father didn’t have that opportunity.
His Dad was a climber and a member of the Mountain rescue team. As a tribute to his Father, Emlyn joined the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team seven years ago, but he admits that he is not fit enough to be a member.
“I’m really embarrassed. If I go up the mountain, I’m usually right at the back. I feel really unfit and overweight.”
Emlyn doesn’t feel fit enough to attend training sessions at the moment as he feels ashamed and doesn’t want anyone to make fun of his lack of fitness. He helps in the office, but his big goal is to be able to join the crew on calls and help rescue people on the mountains.
Emlyn also saves lives at his workplace and is training to be a paramedic. He has some trouble with fitness at times in this job and feels himself sweating as he deals with a patient. He tends to eat more during a shift and then again when he finishes. He might eat kebabs, pork pies, chocolate, along with a McDonalds about four times a week.
“My weight stops me doing a lot with my children. Even reading to them at night is awkward because I’m afraid I’ll break their bed under my weight. I look at myself in the mirror and I’m embarrassed to see that belly and bloated face. It doesn’t look great. ”
Emlyn would love to lose weight and feel fit. He wants to look better and find a healthy lifestyle the whole family can follow.