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Steve Hooper

All Stars Of The Month At BEFIT

BEFIT selects one individual each month as the BEFIT All Star. These individuals have shown great improvement in their health and fitness and embody what our gym and community is all about!

Steve Hooper

“Once upon a time, long long ago in a far off land called En-Ger-Land, there lived a little boy named Hoops. While out with friends one day Hoops discovered an enchanted potion called Bee-Yur….Ahhh Beer, I love beer. I’m English, we have a wealth of beautifully made home grown brews and I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. The more a person drinks, the bigger a person gets and the more alcohol tolerant a person gets. It’s a badge of honour to have ‘hollow legs’ in England. 6 to 10 pints a night became the norm and I would walk out of the bar looking as sober as I walked in. Then I would get a midnight curry, pizza or Chinese and off to bed. For work I used to spend half my time on planes, in hire cars, drinking with customers and eating late night fast food in hotel rooms. The rest of the time I was sat at a computer planning the next trip. In 2001 at 350++ lbs (My scales didn’t go any higher) I was diagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes. I could no longer control my mood, body temperature or even my bladder. I was in a bad way. Doctors gave me a cocktail of drugs, doom and gloom stories, and sent me to dietician courses. This worked, it pretty much scared 50lbs off me within the first year. I started eating healthier, walking at lunch times, using hotel gym equipment etc. I was self-motivated and on the right track. Then complacency slowly started to whisper in my ear… 1 beer won’t hurt Hoops… Have a burger and fries for lunch and skip dinner Hoops… And the weight started creeping back up. Yoyo diets were pretty much my life for the next 10 years. I would lose 20 lbs one year gain 15 the next and so on. All the time my diabetes was getting worse. The pills were slowly getting less effective to the point I had to move on to insulin. I HATE NEEDLES!!!! One night I was sat in my local bar and overheard the staff talking about a group that was presenting an award earlier that night to the biggest loser. Next day I Googled biggest loser Langley and came up with a local outfit The Bootcamp Effect. I read through a few stars of the month comments and thought… ‘maybe this is the solution I am looking for’. Yes for the first 2 weeks you ache, yes it can be tough (You are never asked to do more than you are capable of). The great thing is that you are surrounded by the most supporting group you will ever meet. Not just the trainers your fellow campers too. It’s a team effort and we are all in it together. It’s a pleasure to get out the office and be surrounded by positive, smiling, motivated people. I grew to love it, I started competing against myself, setting goals and trying to beat them. So here I am now, down 49lbs since New Year. Blood pressure is normal, cholesterol is low and NO MORE DIABETES!!! The only drugs I take are vitamin supplements. I eat more sensibly and waaaay more than when I was bigger. I’ve also killed Beer. Well almost, I have a few when I hit a goal but no longer have hollow legs, I get wobbly after 2. Mentally, I am happier, positive, more tolerant and think more clearly about what I want out of life. It’s all pretty amazing. I set myself a 10 month goal and reached it after 4 months. My new goal is to get down to less than 190lbs, a number I previously thought only existed in fairytales.”

May 2014