An obese man who was offended when he failed to push his 27th frame on a ride with Peppa Pig World has lost nearly half of his body weight – and won a girlfriend.
The consultant and team developer Ryan Lightfoot, 25, from Essex, grew up with bullying for his weight and was always referred to as "the fat man."
Because of these comments he felt insecure and he felt in a circle of consolation while eating. He consumed 6,000 calories a day, resulting in a maximum weight of 273 lbs – at that time he was a British XXXXXL.
It was not until a trip to Paultons Park in 2016, when he sat down on a ride and the belt was not fastened, that the humiliation spurred him to change his lifestyle – and he lost 13 stone in the room of two years.
Losing his weight also meant his self-esteem skyrocketed, and he's now in a relationship with Shani he met on Instagram.
Ryan Lightfoot, 25, of Essex, lost 14 pieces because he could not fit in the seat after an unfortunate incident in a Peppa Pig World asking him to leave
Originally, he weighed 27 stones, as shown, and said he got stuck in a cycle of consolation after becoming the subject of bullying, which called him "Bob," meaning "body odor child."
After losing weight, Ryan's self-esteem rose and he found love for a girl named Shani whom he met through Instagram, and he credits her for helping him believe in himself
Ryan said at school that he had been bullied, and his colleagues called him "Bob," which he called a "body odor child." he would also avoid looking at himself because he was so "saddened and disgusted" by his body.
In July of 2016, when he went to Peppa Pig World with his niece Ruby, Ryan and his family queued up for a ride, but when he sat down on the seat and tore the strap, he did not click.
A few equestrian hosts tried energetically to crush it, but they failed, and they had to ask him to leave.
"I felt so uncomfortable, and I could already see people looking at me and showing, and my fear was really starting to kick, but I swallowed it because of Ruby and continued with a brave face.
"But soon my fears became reality. The queue for this ride was the longest wait I've ever met. Pacemakers, sticky palms, sweat drops and still aware that people are around me.
Ryan had brought his day-to-day niece Ruby to Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park, but he froze when he had to leave the car and go back to the "giggling" riders
I finally sat down and pulled the strap down and could not bring it to a click. Two employees came over and tried energetically to push it down, but they failed and they had to ask me to leave the attraction.
The descent felt longer than the snake itself, as I had to pass each one, I could hear sniggers, see eyes, but I kept my head down and moved on.
"I was ashamed, including my family, when they could see how it bothered me, and the rest of the day was very bad mood.
"This was the moment when I started to think that once in my life I should be able to enjoy such things without worries and have my own family for days as such."
Although Ryan has lost 14 stones, he has left a lot of excess skin and says he is self conscious for a few days, but he reminds of the amazing journey I have made.
Ryan joined his local Slimming World, where he followed a strict diet and exercise plan. After losing 14, he said he was more confident and found the dating easier
Motivated to act Ryan joined his local Slimming World group, especially so that his niece could be proud of him.
Following a rigorous diet and exercise plan, Ryan managed to shrink to a healthy 14-pound 7-pound body and keep the size of the UK small. He consumes an average of 2,200 calories per day – which in his opinion is actually more than before.
In one of his Slimming World groups, he met his former tyrant and his mother, who happened to be a consultant. He took the highway, shook his hand and asked how he was doing, but his tyrant did not recognize him.
"I've always been a stereotypical, big guy, I seemed to be hippy and bubbly, but behind the laughter were grief and depression," Ryan said.
"I would eat because I was sad and I was sad because I ate, I had depression, anxiety, anxiety, food was the most prominent factor of all.
"I've been bullied a lot during my school days, but I still hear daily comments from strangers, colleagues, and my surroundings. these are the ones who tend to stick.
Bullies would call Ryan's name at school and he would also get comments from strangers. He said he was known as "the fat one", or people would say of his size, "that's just disgusting, his family must be so disappointed" and "I can not be near him, just looking at him makes me sick . " & # 39;
Ryan wanted his niece Ruby proud of him. He admitted that he had betrayed her because he thought he would never have children of his own
"The fear and voices in my head would always make me listen to what people had to say, looks they shared, fingers pointing, so I was always on high alert, especially since the verdict was my deepest Fear was.
"My nickname at school was Bob for years. One and a half years later I found out that this means B.O. (Body odor) Boy, who has upset me deeply.
"I knew that personal hygiene was a problem, and I often took a shower at least twice a day, but obviously it was not enough.
"Other comments included; "He's just fat", "Watch him wiggle while he's moving", "That's just disgusting, his family must be so disappointed", "I can not be near him, just looking at him makes me sick" ,
"But those who were the most involved turned to love," who would ever want to be there. "Love was something I always wanted to find, so this kind of commentary destroyed me.
Ryan exchanged a cycle of comforting food for a healthy lifestyle and said he had eaten more than before, but without garbage
Ryan said he was angry and disgusted when he saw me. He would avoid photos and mirrors because he would be upset about what he looked like
"I was sad and upset about my sight, I would avoid photos as much as possible, even mirrors were the enemy, just because I knew that if I saw myself, I would just get upset.
"The feeling was physically hard and emotional. I had difficulty moving, could not go up a single stair without sweating, terrible breathing and back pain, and I was humiliated. "
Ryan explained that he wanted to pamper her for the fourth birthday of his niece Ruby and take her and his family to Peppa Pig World in Paulton Park.
"I was completely out of my comfort zone and my heart was pounding as we walked through the gates.
"I would carefully analyze the attraction to see how likely it was that I had to go further and fear each time I took a step forward and tried."
Over two years, Ryan steadily lost almost half of his body weight. He said he met his former tyrant and his mother, who happened to be a counselor, but on the highway he shook his hand and asked how he was doing, but his tyrant did not recognize him
"The plan there has brought me to my success, the nutritional plan was simple, no calorie count, no withdrawal, no hunger.
"I was impressed. I have actually eaten more than before, but I have indulged in a healthy diet, made smart swaps, and made a lifestyle change rather than a diet.
"Losing weight had a big impact on my life. I lost my urge for film because I wanted to live rather than hide behind a screen. Therefore, my professional aspects have changed. Now I want others to feel so amazing I'm doing now.
"My mental problems have all disappeared and my self-esteem has increased. The health problems have disappeared, the fitness level is massively active, because he has done nothing.
"I admit, even though I'm lucky now, I still have moments when I'm self-conscious about my loose skin. But my skin is just a reminder of the amazing journey I've been to.
Ryan said about his weight loss (see above): "I think I get more attention now, but I do not think that's the way I look now, but more about my self-confidence and I find that flattering.
"Dating has become easier because I did not try to lie who I was, or pretend to be someone I'm not. I'm happy with who I am. So here is everything. the good the bad the ugly.
"I think I get more attention now, but I do not think that's what I look like now, but more because of my trust and I find that flattering.
"Last summer, I met a lovely lady on Instagram, Shani, and we've been an item ever since."
He said of his girlfriend: "Shani has helped me a lot with my trust. I was so used to receiving insults that it was hard for me to accept any compliments and appreciate the man I became.
"Shani gives me an incredible feeling about myself and my own abilities and overall makes me a stronger version of me. She believes in me so much that now I believe more in myself than ever before.
Ryan said he has lost so much weight that people from his past do not recognize him.
"I've seen it a few times, talking to people I've known in person for over six years, and then wondering who I am or if I know you."