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Celebrity Health - Jono Coleman
Jono Coleman
Jono is committed to fitness
London-born Jonathan "Jono" Coleman was raised in Sydney and has had a successful radio and TV career in both Australia and the UK.

Earlier in his career, he turned down a role in Ramsay Street, because he believed the show Neighbours would never become a hit. But he went on to appear on rival soap Home and Away.

In the UK, he had his own radio shows at Virgin, Heart 106.2 and BBC London 94.9. He recently returned to live in Australia to care for his elderly mother.

In January 2004, Jono joined the second series of Celebrity Fit Club in a bid to lose weight and raise money for charity.

He lost six stone and won the competition, raising a total of 20,000.

In January 2004, Jono released a fitness book Get It Off With Jono.

HOW DID YOU FIRST REALISE SOMETHING WAS WRONG?

I was really beginning to struggle in regards to my fitness levels.

I got tired very easily and found it was hard to get motivated. I used to get out of breath walking up the stairs or walking the kids to school.

If you're overweight don't just sit back and expect a miracle
Jono Coleman

I used to think: "I don't want to do this, I can not be bothered."

Feeling this bad really brought me down.

It triggered me to think about my weight as a serious issue. I realised I needed to do something to improve my health - at that stage I weighed 22 and a half stone (142.8kg).

HOW DID YOU GET DIAGNOSED?

With these thoughts in my mind, I was roped into doing Celebrity Fit Club a few years back and as part of the show you have to undergo a full medical.

Jono Coleman
Jono lost over six stone (38.1 kg)

During this health check I revealed to doctors that my father and my grandmother had both died from heart attacks.

The doctors looked at this combined with my weight and warned me I was at serious risk of heart disease and premature death if I did not change my ways.

They advised that if I wanted to see my kids grow up, I needed to overhaul my lifestyle - improve my diet and start exercising. It was a case of: "Do it or die."

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE DIAGNOSIS?

I was quite shocked to hear this from a doctor.

I mean, it was not my wife or my mates half-jokingly suggesting I needed to lose some off the beer-belly.

This was coming from a medical practitioner who was basically saying that if I didn't get my act together, I'd be lucky to see the kids graduate!

It shocked me into doing something about my health.

WHAT WAS YOUR TREATMENT?

Basically, a complete lifestyle change.

I had to learn how to eat more healthily, not just diet.

I introduced permanent changes to what I eat and then I got active - and I mean doing something every day, not just when I felt like it.

Before I knew it, healthy eating and exercise became routine and it's just like cleaning my teeth now.

I'm down to about 16 stones (101.6kg) and am working to get a bit more off yet.

HOW DID YOU FEEL DURING THE TREATMENT?

It was a challenge at first, but now it's become second nature to me. If for some reason I don't do my morning walk, I really miss it.

My treatment is far from over though - it's very much ongoing.

It's a condition that needs my continued attention and will do for the rest of my life.

HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?

I feel so much better and happier as a result of my new lifestyle and it's not just the weight loss, but the fact that my efforts are also showing on the inside.

I recently had a check-up and the results were great. My blood pressure is good and my cholesterol levels are down.

This encourages me to continue my efforts as I can see the rewards both inside and out.

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO OTHER PEOPLE WITH THE SAME CONDITION?

If you're overweight don't just sit back and expect a miracle.

You need to take action and the sooner the better. Think about longevity and the bigger picture - do you want to be around to see your kids grow up?

Go to your doctor or get in touch with a group like the British Heart Foundation who can tell you the facts about being overweight and give you some advice on how to get started with exercise.

You don't have to join a gym or hire a personal trainer.

It really is as simple as doing the vacuuming, pruning the bushes or playing footie with the kids, so long as it's regular.

If you have a spare 30 minutes don't sit around and watch TV, get out and go for a walk! You will feel better and notice little differences in just weeks, and within months you'll see some major change.

Believe me, it's worth the effort!

Jono talks about his condition to promote the work of the British Heart Foundation.


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