AN inspirational GREENOCK dad has lost five stone and gained £1,000 for charity after challenging himself to give up alcohol.

Youth worker Chris Paul is halfway through living up to his promise of having a healthier 2019, after a vow to raise money for a children's charity.

He ditched drink and has embrace a whole new lifestyle since his booze ban.

After turning 30 the Greenock man topped the scales at 20 stones and he decided it was time for drastic action.

Chris, of Cupar Drive, said: "I was scunnered with hangovers and being overweight.

"I needed to do something about it.

"Now I have lost weight I have found energy I never had before.

"It has had such a positive impact on my mental health and everything.

"I used to be too tired to go out the back door and play football with my son.

"Now we go cycling and I play five-a-sides again."

After Chris and his charity mission featured in the Tele six months ago, Chris was contacted by former school friend Lee Watson, who is now a personal trainer.

Chris said: "Lee offered to donate £5 for every pound I lost if I took part in one of his six week programmes.

"His sessions helped so much and it made me think about everything, my diet and exercise.

"Now I go to the gym three or four times a week - I had never been in a gym before."

Since then he has completed a 10k, taken part in the Kiltwalk and has more plans for another run later in the year.

He also took part in the March for Men, in aid of prostate cancer awareness, with his father-in-law Alistair Johnston.

New man Chris has also signed up for a cycle to work scheme to continue his fitness regime.

The devoted dad Chris is loving all the extra active time he now spends with son Zack, nine, and daughter Aria, five.

He added: "It is also a big year for my wife Maxine, a nurse.

"She is training to be health visitor and I just felt she needed my support as well.

"I have also saved so much money as well."

The people who have sponsored Chris have pledged £1,000 to Children in Poverty Inverclyde, set up by local businessman Pat Burke to offer holiday breaks for families struggling to get by.

Chris said: "I hope my total will go up.

"A lot of people have pledged money when I finish the year.

"The work Pat does is incredible and it's lovely to think that children will benefit from a holiday.

"I knew if I made a promise to raise money for charity I would see it through.

"It has been challenging at times - especially in those first couple of months when you are out at social events and people say 'just have a drink'.

"But it gets easier and my time is spent with my family.

"I don't think I will go back to the lifestyle I had before, I feel so much better now."