Rayleigh man drops 11 stone by walking

Echo: Slim – Mike (centre) with dad Mick and step mum Linda. Slim – Mike (centre) with dad Mick and step mum Linda.

A 24-STONE man walked off almost half his body weight in a battle to overcome his sweet tooth.

Mike Cope, 30, from Rayleigh, has seen his weight plummet to just under 13 stone since he started to walk regularly.

On average, Mr Cope will do more than 50 miles a week, including at least three 14-mile round trips to see his mum in Southend.

For every hour Mr Cope walks, he burns off around 350 calories, so his walks are determined by what treats he has eaten the previous day. A 700-calorie treat will be balanced out with at least a two-hour walk the following day.

Mr Cope blames his sweet treat weakness on an addictive personality he inherited from his dad, Mick, 55.

During his heaviest days, Mr Cope, who suffers from a mild learning disability and can often have trouble communicating with people verbally, says he could put on six pounds in a night after scoffing cakes, cookies and crisps.

His dad said: “If he hits his target weight one day, he’ll probably have a lie-in and not do a walk.

“The benefit of walking is that it’s measurable. When Mike was big we signed him up to the gym, but when he got on the treadmill he just stood on the side of the machine.

“He finds doing the walking is worth the luxury of having a treat – it’s his trade-off.”

Mr Cope works in Asda in Rayleigh, and said work can sometimes be a struggle when the smell of the bakery wafts around the store.

Mr Cope’s story has caught the imagination of residents after a picture was posted on the popular Rayleigh community Facebook page.

Within days, there had been more than 1,000 likes and nearly 200 messages of support.

His dad said: “The response made me cry – I just blubbed. It was lovely to see how people see Mike. It was a real pleasure.”

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8:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

LSLA says...

I have known Mike for a long time now and is the friendliest person i have ever met. Well done, i see you walking everywhere. I remember you in your bigger days and how amazing do you look now! Really proud of all your hard work. Now that is how to lose weight sensibly! None of these tablets or shakes!
I have known Mike for a long time now and is the friendliest person i have ever met. Well done, i see you walking everywhere. I remember you in your bigger days and how amazing do you look now! Really proud of all your hard work. Now that is how to lose weight sensibly! None of these tablets or shakes! LSLA

8:05am Fri 6 Dec 13

Talking Cures says...

An inspirational story I o so hope he is able to keep it off and his skin has retracted at the same time rather than having to be surgically removed at a later date.

http://talkingcures.
co.uk/Skin.html

Peter Smith Talking Cures
An inspirational story I o so hope he is able to keep it off and his skin has retracted at the same time rather than having to be surgically removed at a later date. http://talkingcures. co.uk/Skin.html Peter Smith Talking Cures Talking Cures

8:17am Fri 6 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

We affectionately labelled this fella 'Trolley Wally' years ago and have seen him walking all over the place. Often wondering where he was going and why he was so far from where we knew he worked.

Know we know. Wish I had his determination and resolve

Well done !
We affectionately labelled this fella 'Trolley Wally' years ago and have seen him walking all over the place. Often wondering where he was going and why he was so far from where we knew he worked. Know we know. Wish I had his determination and resolve Well done ! Rochford Rob

8:58am Fri 6 Dec 13

supermadmax says...

Good, now he should try jog / walking, then jogging then target a 1/2 or full marathon.

There are many obese echo readers ( I know because my fair views on fatties are often reported) Take note of this great story and stop refusing to do something about your condition, don't put it off till after christmas, do it now!
Good, now he should try jog / walking, then jogging then target a 1/2 or full marathon. There are many obese echo readers ( I know because my fair views on fatties are often reported) Take note of this great story and stop refusing to do something about your condition, don't put it off till after christmas, do it now! supermadmax

10:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

whataday says...

I wish I could motivate myself to do what he has done and have the conviction to continue doing so. Well done
I wish I could motivate myself to do what he has done and have the conviction to continue doing so. Well done whataday

10:13am Fri 6 Dec 13

heartbeat says...

Fantastic! You must be so proud of yourself, not many people manage what you've done. Just carry on doing what you're doing and eating sensibly, good healthy food not junk. It's obviously working for you.
Fantastic! You must be so proud of yourself, not many people manage what you've done. Just carry on doing what you're doing and eating sensibly, good healthy food not junk. It's obviously working for you. heartbeat

10:14am Fri 6 Dec 13

MitchLive says...

Well done and I know exactly how he feels - I was the same and done the same! 5 or so years ago I was chunky 21 stone and I took up walking, walked from Rayleigh to Southend every Saturday and Sunday regardless of the weather, cut out all the stoogy food and the weight just dropped off. Went from a 46" waist down to 36" and feel so much better for it now! People thought I was ill or something as I lost so much so quickly. Still do it now, out the door at 6.30am but now take my baby son in his pram with me. So well done Mike and keep it up.
Well done and I know exactly how he feels - I was the same and done the same! 5 or so years ago I was chunky 21 stone and I took up walking, walked from Rayleigh to Southend every Saturday and Sunday regardless of the weather, cut out all the stoogy food and the weight just dropped off. Went from a 46" waist down to 36" and feel so much better for it now! People thought I was ill or something as I lost so much so quickly. Still do it now, out the door at 6.30am but now take my baby son in his pram with me. So well done Mike and keep it up. MitchLive

11:23am Fri 6 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Well done mate keep up the walking.
Well done mate keep up the walking. Howard Cháse

8:32pm Fri 6 Dec 13

robb789 says...

The question must be asked why is he walking around with 11 stones in his pockets, that's just plain weird to me and secondly if he keeps losing them around Rayleigh then put them in a bag or get some trousers with zipped pockets.
The question must be asked why is he walking around with 11 stones in his pockets, that's just plain weird to me and secondly if he keeps losing them around Rayleigh then put them in a bag or get some trousers with zipped pockets. robb789

10:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

returnoftheleftie says...

Talking Cures wrote:
An inspirational story I o so hope he is able to keep it off and his skin has retracted at the same time rather than having to be surgically removed at a later date.

http://talkingcures.

co.uk/Skin.html

Peter Smith Talking Cures
"all illness, Pain and Fatigue are a creation of the Mind/Brain caused by Childhood Trauma"

I have seen some crazies on here, but daaarn.....
[quote][p][bold]Talking Cures[/bold] wrote: An inspirational story I o so hope he is able to keep it off and his skin has retracted at the same time rather than having to be surgically removed at a later date. http://talkingcures. co.uk/Skin.html Peter Smith Talking Cures[/p][/quote]"all illness, Pain and Fatigue are a creation of the Mind/Brain caused by Childhood Trauma" I have seen some crazies on here, but daaarn..... returnoftheleftie

11:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

Excellent article on this man, well done to him and all that he has achieved.

I would wager that he has found a new lease of life and long may it continue for him. Very inspirational!
Excellent article on this man, well done to him and all that he has achieved. I would wager that he has found a new lease of life and long may it continue for him. Very inspirational! _Lotus_

1:01am Sat 7 Dec 13

smiffy22 says...

robb789 wrote:
The question must be asked why is he walking around with 11 stones in his pockets, that's just plain weird to me and secondly if he keeps losing them around Rayleigh then put them in a bag or get some trousers with zipped pockets.
Don't be daft, he's obviously digging a tunnel somewhere. Dropping the stones discretely from bags concealed in his pockets as he walks.
I'm showing my age now...
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]robb789[/bold] wrote: The question must be asked why is he walking around with 11 stones in his pockets, that's just plain weird to me and secondly if he keeps losing them around Rayleigh then put them in a bag or get some trousers with zipped pockets.[/p][/quote]Don't be daft, he's obviously digging a tunnel somewhere. Dropping the stones discretely from bags concealed in his pockets as he walks. I'm showing my age now... Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22

2:13am Sat 7 Dec 13

BettySwollox says...

Mike is one of the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet. His smile is contagious and I couldn't be happier for him. Well done Mike, you should feel so proud of yourself :D x
Mike is one of the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet. His smile is contagious and I couldn't be happier for him. Well done Mike, you should feel so proud of yourself :D x BettySwollox

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