Now 33kg lighter: Health scare spurs weight loss
Eight months ago, Nigel Lines looked at a photo of himself on his wife's bedside table and decided "enough is enough".
The Bannockburn man had ballooned to 122 kilograms and was on his "death bed", having been diagnosed with two portal vein thrombosis blood clots.
"When you get into that rut, it's awful, it's absolutely awful. I had a cafe, was under a lot of stress and not prioritising properly and I became a teletubby without knowing it."
When he was diagnosed with the thrombosis condition, requiring hospital treatment and medication, it gave him the push to do something about his size.
The photo was the push he needed to change. "Basically I went right ‘enough is enough' and I went and set up a gym in my garage, got a bike, and started doing workouts every morning."
Not only did the kilos drop but so did the amount of medication he was on for the thrombosis.
"When I started losing weight I was feeling better and better. Then I went to the doctor and got an ultrasound and found out I was cleared and it's been clear since I have lost all the weight."
He cut out alcohol, gave up his one-pack-a-day smoking habit and changed his diet.
Obesity was a problem in New Zealand and people should not shy away from confronting it, he said.
"No-one sat there and said, ‘I am worried about your weight - you need to look at this' . . . if you can tell your mates not to drink and drive, or not to smoke because it's bad for you, obesity is the same.
"Yes, it might hurt someone's feelings, but you get over it and support them through it."
Now he's out to inspire others and has organised a 40 kilometre Winter Quest mountain bike event through Quest Farm vineyards, in Central Otago, on July 19.
"I am not giving up. I want to keep going and push it now, and it's really exciting how you can inspire and help someone else."