FFIT Cymru: five lives changed forever, with a staggering 13 stone total weight loss

By Raspberry Jim,

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Delighted leaders of S4C series FFIT Cymru are celebrating after losing a “life-changing” 13 stone between them in just eight weeks.

Staggering results were revealed about the five leaders’ improved health and fitness levels as they took to the scales for the last time in the S4C series finale, which is now available to watch along with the rest of the series online at s4c.cymru and other platforms.

Over the past two months viewers have tuned in as leaders Nic Davies, from Penygroes, Carmarthenshire; Mathew Thomas from Gaerwen; Catherine Lewis, from Caernarfon; Judith Owen, from Llanwnda; and Leon Welsby from Bridgend, have overhauled their health and fitness routines in a bid to transform their lives.

During that time, the leaders have received expert support from fitness trainer Rae Carpenter, psychologist Dr Ioan Rees, and nutritionist Sioned Quirke; with detailed plans shared online for everyone to follow.

Nic, Penygroes, Carmarthenshire

Nic, who works at Glangwili Hospital, has seen his weight plummet from 18 stone 4lbs to 15 stone 0.5lbs. His cholesterol levels have halved since the beginning of the series, and the fantastic news is he no longer needs to take tablets to combat high blood pressure. After enjoying the 5k parkrun challenge in week 7 of the challenge, he has now started training for this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon.

Leon, Bridgend

Meanwhile, Urdd youth worker Leon, from Bridgend, has lost a phenomenal 48% of his fat mass: a result which saw his weight plummet 3 stone 11.5lbs. Now weighing 17 stone 10.5 pounds, he has a much lower risk of having a heart attack, a very real threat due to family history. And he has completed what he set out to achieve, and will now be able to ride on the rollercoaster which he was previously turned away from because of his size.

Judith, Llanwnda, near Caernarfon

After years of health problems, former head teacher Judith was determined not to let Crohn’s disease hold her back any longer; it was time to get in shape. Not only has she shed the pounds – shrinking from 13 stone 1lb to 11 stone 8.5lbs – she also no longer needs to undergo an operation for a hernia. She has joined a weekly running club and her fitness age is now 10 years younger that at the beginning of the series… and is actually younger that her current age!

Catherine, Caernarfon

Young mother, and bride-to-be, Catherine had a crippling lack of self-confidence caused by her weight. She has lost a total of 2 stones and 2.5lbs, and over 12 inches from her hips, which has seen her grow in confidence, becoming more outgoing and active, which has seen massive benefits for her and her young daughter. This is a journey she vows to continue; with a wedding to plan, nothing will hold her back now!

Mathew, Gaerwen, Anglesey

The series saw proud dad-of-three Mathew return to the rugby field and training with boxing legend Joe Calzaghe! That certainly did the trick, and Mathew has caught the fitness bug once again. His fitness age is now 20 years younger than at the beginning of the series, with a total loss of 2 stones and 10 pounds and an impressive 10 inches off his waist. He’s also quit smoking, and the fresh air has reduced the age of his lungs by 10 years too!

FFIT Cymru presenter Lisa Gwilym, who also vowed to get active as part of the series, said: “I’d like to congratulate our fantastic five on their amazing weight loss results which are very well deserved.

“Their dedication and hard work has been absolutely inspirational to witness during the show’s run, and they’ve really thrown themselves into every aspect of the FFIT Cymru journey.

“We are thrilled to have spurred them on in their life changing weight loss transformation and we wish them every success for the future as they embark on happier, healthier lifestyles.”

The benefits to their health have been assessed during a series of tests at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, which were undertaken by the leaders at the start and at the end of the eight weeks.

Tomos Jones, PhD Researcher in Cardiovascular Physiology, who conducted the tests with the five leaders, said: “It is clear to see that the leaders have worked extremely hard over the last eight weeks. As well as completing a 5k run, the tests that they have undergone here at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, show an improved standard of fitness and an improvement in the state of their health.

“The leaders deserve a lot of credit for the success that they have achieved in their transformation and for inspiring others to do it for themselves.”

The entire FFIT Cymru series can be watched again as a box set, on demand, at s4c.cymru and other platforms.

FFIT Cymru will return for a second series in 2019, and if you’re interested in taking part, follow @ffitcymru on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch.

To follow FFIT Cymru’s nutrition and exercise plans, visit s4c.cymru/ffitcymru

Before and after weight and inches loss for each leader

 Nic

Start End
Weight 18st 4lb 15st 0.5lb

(-3st 3.5lb)

Waist 49″ 39”
Chest 54″ 42”
Right Arm 17.5” 14.5”
Left Arm 18” 14”
Right leg 27.5” 24”
Left leg 28” 25”
Hips 47” 39”

 

Leon

Start End
Weight 21st 8lb 17st 10.5lb

(-3st 11.5lb)

Waist 51 “ 40
Chest 51.5″ 43
Right Arm 16″ 14
Left Arm 15.5″ 13
Right leg 30″ 26.5
Left leg 30″ 26
Hips 49.5 41

 

Judith

Start End
Weight 13st 1lb 11st 8.5lb

(-1st 6.5lb)

Waist 41” 33.5”
Chest 44” 42”
Right Arm 14” 12.5”
Left Arm 14” 12”
Right leg 24.5” 22”
Left leg 24” 21.5”
Hips 43.5” 35”

 

Catherine

Start End
Weight 17st 5lb 15st 2.5lb

(-2st 2.5lb)

Waist 43.5″ 36”
Chest 47.5” 43”
Right Arm 16.5” 14.5”
Left Arm 16” 14”
Right leg 32” 27”
Left leg 34” 27.5”
Hips 53.6” 41”

 

Mathew

Start End
Weight 21st 2lb 18st 6lb
(-3st 8lb)
Waist 51.5” 42”
Chest 52.5” 47”
Right Arm 19.5” 17”
Left Arm 19.5” 17”
Right leg 31” 27”
Left leg 31” 28”
Hips 14.5” 41”

Greenaway Scott celebrates double associate director promotions

By Raspberry Jim,

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Leading business advisory firm Greenaway Scott has made two senior promotions as it celebrates its continued fast paced business growth in 2018.

The award-winning firm has promoted both Lorna Bolton and Leanne Thomas to the role of Associate Director this month.

Ms Bolton and Ms Thomas will assist the directors of the firm in managing and expanding Greenaway Scott’s Commercial and Intellectual Property and Corporate clients across the offices in Swansea, Cardiff, Oxford and London.

Miss Bolton joined Greenaway Scott in 2016 after obtaining extensive in-house commercial legal experience within the aviation and engineering industry.

With her practical skillset and experience she has already made a significant impact on the firm’s commercial contract portfolio.

Ms Thomas has been integral to the success of the firm’s landmark Swansea office since she joined in 2017.

During her time at the Swansea University-based office, she has completed many investment rounds and high value corporate transactions.

On their promotions, Commercial Director Rhian Osborne said the achievement was “extremely well deserved” after both women showed “fantastic dedication”.

She said: “We are thrilled to promote both Lorna and Leanne to the senior positions of Associate Director and we are sure they will continue to be hugely beneficial to Greenaway Scott going forwards.

“Both are highly valued members of staff who have shown the utmost passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to their roles here, so we look forward to seeing them develop and grow even further in the future.”

Their promotions come after the firm added eight new talents to the team earlier this year taking its headcount up to 36 from its standing start five years ago.

The firm, which specialises in offering tailored legal advice to business clients, has welcomed new starters across its Corporate Finance, Commercial Contracts, Employment and Commercial Property Teams.

Cardiff Bus supports 6th national Catch the Bus Week

By Raspberry Jim,

Untitled design-6People across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are being urged to swap their car for the bus to celebrate the 6th annual Catch the Bus Week.

The bus operator is taking part in the UK-wide initiative, which aims to promote the ease, comfort and environmental benefits of choosing sustainable bus travel.

The week, which runs from July 2nd to July 8th, will see operators across the country hosting public information sessions and events to help promote bus travel to non-bus users.

During the initiative Cardiff Bus will be taking part in the Your Bus Matters event, at Barry King Square, on Tuesday 3rd July from 10am to 2pm.The event, hosted by Bus Users Cymru, provides the chance to discuss timetables and services.

Then on Wednesday 4th July from 10am to 4pm the bus operator will be hosting a Cardiff Bus Roadshow, on Queen Street, to enable people to learn about the benefits of bus travel and receive a free goodie bag.

Commercial manager at Cardiff Bus Gareth Stevens said the initiative was a “fantastic way” to highlight the various benefits of bus travel.

He said: “We at Cardiff Bus are pleased to be supporting the 6th annual Catch the Bus Week.

“This event is vital in highlighting the numerous benefits of bus travel, so we would encourage people to come along and find out more.

“We look forward to getting out and speaking with our valued customers and getting feedback on our services.

“Come along, say hello and take a look at our latest vehicles which are modern, comfortable and WiFi enabled, helping you get the most out of your journey with us.”

The bus operator will also be giving away daily prizes via its Twitter and Facebook channels, including weekly and monthly bus tickets.

To find out more information about Catch the Bus Week and Cardiff Bus visit its website https://www.cardiffbus.com/