Half the man he used to be – Bournemouth’s Paul Gillman loses more than 11 stone

Bournemouth Echo: TRIM AND PROPER: Paul Gillman lost 11.5 stone and is now a fitness instructor TRIM AND PROPER: Paul Gillman lost 11.5 stone and is now a fitness instructor

HE’S literally half the man he used to be. For Paul Gillman has lost 11 and a half stone in weight and is now a personal fitness instructor.

But Paul, 36, who is based at The Bulldog Gym in Bournemouth, says he never liked sport at school.

“I was always the kid with the note to get out of PE.

“I used to like watching sport, but not doing sport. I was a computer games addict. I would love to meet my PE teacher again now – he would be amazed.”

Paul who used to run a shoe repair business before his dramatic career change, said he had battled with his weight all his life.

“I had always been big for as long as I could remember.

“I was always the biggest kid in the class. My school trousers were a 48-inch waist.”

He added: “I was in a vicious circle because when I became depressed about my size I would binge eat.

“I tried every diet and slimming club, but every time I lost some weight, I would end up putting it back on again with interest.”

At his heaviest Paul weighed 23 and a half stone – then four years ago Paul decided to turn his life around for good.

“I was 32 and I decided I wanted to change my life before I got too old so I joined a gym.

“It was so hard at first – I literally couldn’t run more than 100m without getting out of breath.”

Now Paul runs half marathons and has around 18 clients.

“I want to help as many people as possible. I think people feel comfortable with me because I understand what they are going through. But it’s not about a diet – it’s a lifestyle change.”

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11:14am Fri 31 Jan 14

webgremlin says...

Great achievement Paul, well done!
Great achievement Paul, well done! webgremlin
  • Score: 28

11:20am Fri 31 Jan 14

Huey says...

Well done indeed! Inspirational.
Well done indeed! Inspirational. Huey
  • Score: 28

12:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

Well Done Paul, great result for you, Maybe it should be a condition of people overweight not working but claiming all the benefits to join a Gym and might make them feel better and try and get work.!! Im not sugesting people who are in ill health, but the lazey ones who can manage mcdonalds, and will never intend to do a days work in there lives.
Well Done Paul, great result for you, Maybe it should be a condition of people overweight not working but claiming all the benefits to join a Gym and might make them feel better and try and get work.!! Im not sugesting people who are in ill health, but the lazey ones who can manage mcdonalds, and will never intend to do a days work in there lives. bosco1
  • Score: 19

12:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ukdragon says...

Keep up the good work Gilly!

True inspiration - proof that you can get the weight off and keep it off!
Keep up the good work Gilly! True inspiration - proof that you can get the weight off and keep it off! ukdragon
  • Score: 15

1:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ASM says...

whats the secret gilly?
whats the secret gilly? ASM
  • Score: 9

5:04pm Fri 31 Jan 14

glennzilla says...

Well done Paul!
I know what a massive achievement this is as I, myself, have lost 10stone over the last 2yrs..........I may have to drop the 'zilla' part of my username!
Anyway, keep up the good work and your journey will be an inspiration to those you'll be teaching/training.
Well done Paul! I know what a massive achievement this is as I, myself, have lost 10stone over the last 2yrs..........I may have to drop the 'zilla' part of my username! Anyway, keep up the good work and your journey will be an inspiration to those you'll be teaching/training. glennzilla
  • Score: 10

6:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GAHmusic says...

Well done Paul, nice one, mind you losing the hair and beard is a great improvement too :-)
Well done Paul, nice one, mind you losing the hair and beard is a great improvement too :-) GAHmusic
  • Score: 9

6:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Huey says...

glennzilla wrote:
Well done Paul!
I know what a massive achievement this is as I, myself, have lost 10stone over the last 2yrs..........I may have to drop the 'zilla' part of my username!
Anyway, keep up the good work and your journey will be an inspiration to those you'll be teaching/training.
Good on ya
[quote][p][bold]glennzilla[/bold] wrote: Well done Paul! I know what a massive achievement this is as I, myself, have lost 10stone over the last 2yrs..........I may have to drop the 'zilla' part of my username! Anyway, keep up the good work and your journey will be an inspiration to those you'll be teaching/training.[/p][/quote]Good on ya Huey
  • Score: 7

7:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Paulfitnesstrainer says...

Thanks for everyones positive comments. It has now become my mission to help as many people as possible get fit, healthy, lose the weight and keep it off ! I am not only personal training but also I have set up bootcamp/style fitness classes at the Bulldog gym in town. they run 6.30am-7.15am mon-fri and 9.30am-10.15am mon, wed and fri. You can check it all out on Facebook by visiting my Paulfitness trainer page or my Absolute Fitness page.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this article, If it inspires anyone to go ahead and do the same whether that training is alone, with me or another trainer then thats great :)
Thanks for everyones positive comments. It has now become my mission to help as many people as possible get fit, healthy, lose the weight and keep it off ! I am not only personal training but also I have set up bootcamp/style fitness classes at the Bulldog gym in town. they run 6.30am-7.15am mon-fri and 9.30am-10.15am mon, wed and fri. You can check it all out on Facebook by visiting my Paulfitness trainer page or my Absolute Fitness page. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this article, If it inspires anyone to go ahead and do the same whether that training is alone, with me or another trainer then thats great :) Paulfitnesstrainer
  • Score: 18

7:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

linzi83 says...

Well done paul i know first hand what a fantastic trainer u are , u are commited to helping everyone of ur clients through there journey and i know we are all eternally greatful for the hard work and dedication u put into everything u do . I am over the moon with my weightloss and fitness as are many other clients i know. You deserve this fantastic article and alot more .
Well done paul i know first hand what a fantastic trainer u are , u are commited to helping everyone of ur clients through there journey and i know we are all eternally greatful for the hard work and dedication u put into everything u do . I am over the moon with my weightloss and fitness as are many other clients i know. You deserve this fantastic article and alot more . linzi83
  • Score: 6

10:11pm Fri 31 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Nice one!

And NOT a responsibility dodging NHS gastric band in sight - it can be and should always be done this way.
Nice one! And NOT a responsibility dodging NHS gastric band in sight - it can be and should always be done this way. muscliffman
  • Score: 8

6:44am Sat 1 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

Well done thats amazing certainly an inspiration to us all exercise is always good and just walking instead of riding around in cars is a start.
Well done thats amazing certainly an inspiration to us all exercise is always good and just walking instead of riding around in cars is a start. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 4

10:51pm Sat 1 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

Dust.
It's very low in fat.
Dust. It's very low in fat. power_ranger
  • Score: 1

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