WINNER: Truckie Daniel Vorbach is pretty chuffed at having lost 18kg following the Swap It, Don’t Stop It campaign. The measuring tape did not fit around his waist before he lost weight.
WINNER: Truckie Daniel Vorbach is pretty chuffed at having lost 18kg following the Swap It, Don’t Stop It campaign. The measuring tape did not fit around his waist before he lost weight. Rob Williams

Gut-busting effort

YOU have to give him points for dedication - even when flooding rain fell on Ipswich, truckie Daniel Vorbach continued his regular walks.

He was on a mission to lose weight and gain health as part of the Queensland Times 12-week Swap It, Don't Swap It challenge.

 

Truckie Daniel Vorbach, only shortly after starting the program (he had lost six kilos after starting the QT's Swap It Don't Stop It challenge).
Truckie Daniel Vorbach, only shortly after starting the program (he had lost six kilos after starting the QT's Swap It Don't Stop It challenge). Carly Morrissey

And the result - a staggering 20kg weight loss and 11cm off his waist.  He posted the updated weight loss on his facebook page over the weekend.

 

Mr Vorbach proves that just because you drive a truck and do "ridiculous" hours doesn't mean you can't get healthy.

Instead of stopping for fast food, he took prepared meals with him in the truck.

Granted his wife made them, but a single truckie could buy Light and Easy or cook healthy meals at home and take them on the road.

All up Mr Vorbach lost 59.5cm from various parts of his body, which has seen him throw out all his old 7xl shirts to make way for the new 5xl ones he can now fit into.

He has been losing weight with his wife, who completed the Michelle Bridges program at the same time. The healthy meals they shared and regular exercises saw her lose 13.8kg.

"I don't have an ultimate goal," he told Big Rigs last week.

Instead, he sets small, achievable goals. His next is a 4xl shirt.

Mr Vorbach said he would probably get a tattoo to mark the transformation.

"To remind myself I'm never again going back there."

Getting motivated to move every day was easy, Mr Vorbach said, but controlling the cravings, not so much.

But a treat every now and again stopped any binges.

The couple walked together every day, and Mr Vorbach was given a gym membership to use while completing the challenge. He also was given 10 Jamie Oliver cooking classes.

"I'm feeling a million bucks," he said.

And judging by the smile on his face, all the regular exercise has been paying off.

Daniel Vorbach after losing 18kg, he has now lost 20kg and plans on continuing his weight loss journey.
Daniel Vorbach after losing 18kg, he has now lost 20kg and plans on continuing his weight loss journey. Carly Morrissey

 

"I've got so much more energy."

The main thing that changed his attitude to food and exercise was learning from his wife, the program and the cooking classes. He now knows about healthy cooking, and which foods he thought were healthy and really weren't. And now he's active every day, nothing is too far: "I used to drive to the shop to buy milk. Now I walk."

He's not giving up now that he's had a taste of success.

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