AVID Limerick Leader readers will remember the story of a young Limerick man who appeared in the paper two months ago, aiming to lose a massive 10 stone in weight.
Tom Oâ€™Neill, a former security guard, stands at six foot and weighed 26 stone in October.
Now, thanks to a weight loss programme from Limerick based fitness specialists System 10, Mr Oâ€™Neill has lost over two and a half stone in five weeks.
Living in Steamboat Quay with his fiancee Joanne, Mr Oâ€™ Neill is bidding to reach his target weight in time for his wedding in 2013.
â€œItâ€™s tough going, but itâ€™s bringing me the right places. My aim is to lose the weight, and once I lose it, to keep it off. I had grown out of all of my clothes so I decided to take some action. Iâ€™m getting married in two years as well so I want to lose the weight for the wedding,â€ Mr Oâ€™Neill explained.
Mr Oâ€™Neill also plans to run the Limerick City Marathon next year, an added incentive for him to slim down.
His target weight is 16 stone, which would be a difference of 10 stone from what he weighed prior to the programme.
â€œIâ€™m eating a lot healthier, and Iâ€™m so motivated now that I donâ€™t see it as much of a sacrifice. Iâ€™m concsious now of what I eat,â€ he said.
He has been undergoing an intense fitness programme under the stewardship of System 10 trainer David McDonagh, with early morning sessions and a weekly food plan.
â€œDavid has been great. He really helps you to keep motivated and itâ€™s a great feeling when people tell you they can see the difference already.
â€œThey keep telling me Iâ€™m losing it off my face though, itâ€™s not there I need to lose it at all!â€ Mr Oâ€™Neill joked.