Former Epping mayor loses two stone in one month in charity fundraising bid

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

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A former mayor has lost two stone in just one month as he raises money for a children’s charity.

Ben Murphy, ex-mayor of Epping Forest, has already collected £3,000 for the Dream Factory, which grants the wishes of severely ill children.

The money raised by Mr Murphy as he aims to complete a challenge to lose five stone between January 1 and August 30 will pay for two families to visit Euro Disney in Paris.

He said: “The results show a great start to the challenge and I remain very focused on my end goal and beyond.

“The past four weeks have been about completely restructuring my lifestyle and changing my attitude and reaction to a whole range of day-to-day scenarios.

“I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from friends, family and members of the local community.

"Of course there have been slip-ups along the way. I went rogue at a friend’s wedding two weeks ago and ended up drinking a large amount of wine which resulted in me working extra hard to burn off the calories the next day with an atrocious hang-over.”

Avril Mills, Dream Factory founder, said: “I wish to thank everyone who has generously donated as part of Ben’s challenge.

“I can assure you that this money is already helping to make wishes come true for some of the very poorly children we are working with.”

Donations can be made online at http://www.justgiving.com/TheMurf or by ringing the charity on 020 8501 1234.

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9:59am Mon 4 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much.

This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick.

Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake.
I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much. This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick. Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake. Cornbeefur
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11:13am Mon 4 Feb 13

BenMurphy says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much. This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick. Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake.
@Conbeefur - Just to confirm, I am following a diet set-out by specialist dieticians and monitored closely by medical professionals. This isn't a fad diet, but rather a healthy diet which includes the introduction of exercise, as you suggest in your post.
I'm grateful for your interest though and hope you would consider supporting such a fantastic charity.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much. This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick. Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake.[/p][/quote]@Conbeefur - Just to confirm, I am following a diet set-out by specialist dieticians and monitored closely by medical professionals. This isn't a fad diet, but rather a healthy diet which includes the introduction of exercise, as you suggest in your post. I'm grateful for your interest though and hope you would consider supporting such a fantastic charity. BenMurphy
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12:38pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

BenMurphy wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much. This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick. Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake.
@Conbeefur - Just to confirm, I am following a diet set-out by specialist dieticians and monitored closely by medical professionals. This isn't a fad diet, but rather a healthy diet which includes the introduction of exercise, as you suggest in your post.
I'm grateful for your interest though and hope you would consider supporting such a fantastic charity.
Glad to hear and I will of course be pleased to make a donation.
[quote][p][bold]BenMurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I did not realise the chain around his neck weighed that much. This is far too much to lose in such a short period of time and I urge all who read this tale to adopt a more sensible eating plan in order that one aims for about 2 lb a week weight loss as when you drastically lose weight quickly it is usually back on as quick. Also if dieting one must move more and maybe go to Zumbas classes and jump around or dance like twist and shake.[/p][/quote]@Conbeefur - Just to confirm, I am following a diet set-out by specialist dieticians and monitored closely by medical professionals. This isn't a fad diet, but rather a healthy diet which includes the introduction of exercise, as you suggest in your post. I'm grateful for your interest though and hope you would consider supporting such a fantastic charity.[/p][/quote]Glad to hear and I will of course be pleased to make a donation. Cornbeefur
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