Cette année a été incroyablement difficile pour tout le monde, qu'il s'agisse de perdre des êtres chers, de lutter contre la séparation des membres de la famille et même de perdre des emplois.

Mais une autre chose que beaucoup d'entre nous ont trouvée difficile est de gérer notre poids et notre santé.

En raison de Covid-19, les gymnases, les clubs sportifs et les piscines ont tous fermé pendant des mois et beaucoup d'entre nous ont été invités à travailler à domicile.

Cela signifiait que beaucoup d'entre nous ont cessé de faire l'exercice régulier que nous ferions normalement, comme marcher pour se rendre au travail ou aller jouer au football le week-end.

Cependant, le temps supplémentaire pour certains signifie qu'ils ont pu passer plus de temps à préparer des repas à partir de zéro et à tirer le meilleur parti de leur exercice horaire à l'extérieur en été.

Malgré la fermeture des réunions Slimming World et WW, les groupes de perte de poids sont devenus virtuels, permettant aux membres de rester sur la bonne voie.

Donc, si vous avez besoin de motivation, jetez un œil à ces 44 slimmers d'été ci-dessous.

Avez-vous une histoire de perte de poids à partager? Contactez-nous à katie.timms@reachplc.com.

Pour trouver votre groupe le plus proche, appelez le 0344 897 8000 ou visitez le site www.slimmingworld.co.uk Pour toute question d'ordre général, appelez le 0344 892 0400.

Ruth faux




Ruth a perdu un énorme 5,5e depuis qu'elle a rejoint le groupe Slimming World de Jo Wright à Woolwell en janvier de cette année.

Elle a déclaré: «J'ai été étonnée de voir à quel point j'ai réussi jusqu'à présent cette année et tout cela grâce à Jo et à son incroyable groupe, je sais que j'aurais abandonné s'ils n'avaient pas été là pour me soutenir.

«Une grande partie de cela pour moi était le verrouillage. Je souffre de diabète de type 2 parce que je ne suis pas capable de garder mon poids sous contrôle et cela me fait courir un risque plus élevé de complications graves si je devais attraper Covid-19.

«Toute la situation a été une véritable motivation pour moi, j'aurais pu l'utiliser comme excuse pour manger confortablement et faire une pause, mais j'ai décidé que je me devais, ainsi qu'aux autres, de tout faire pour être en bonne santé et, espérons-le, attraper mon diabète. sous contrôle.

“J'ai profité au maximum de l'heure à l'extérieur chaque jour et je suis sorti me promener chaque jour et j'ai essayé de continuer.”




En septembre de cette année, Ruth a reçu le prix de la femme de l'année de son groupe.

«J'étais plutôt gênée mais très fière d'en avoir un», a-t-elle déclaré.

«C'était un rappel incroyable de tout ce que j'ai accompli cette année et du fait que je peux le faire et continuer mon voyage et perdre le reste du poids.

“Je n'aurais absolument pas pu le faire sans Jo et le groupe Woolwell.”

Ruth a dit qu'elle se concentre maintenant sur les “victoires sans échelle”.

Elle a déclaré: “Même si je n'ai pas perdu de poids, j'ai changé de forme. J'ai abandonné une autre taille de robe et je me suis maintenant mise dans le nouveau jean skinny taille 16 que j'ai acheté, en espérant avoir besoin de perdre plus avant de pouvoir rentrer et des vêtements qui ne sont pas ajustés depuis des années maintenant.

«Ma forme physique s'est améliorée et je peux maintenant faire beaucoup plus que je ne le pouvais avant, ce qui est génial. Je me sens tellement en meilleure santé et plus heureuse en moi et je suis très fière de ce que j'ai accompli cette année.

“Je suis déterminé à continuer et à atteindre mon objectif en 2021. Je sais qu'avec le soutien de Jo et de mon groupe, je peux atteindre mes objectifs.”

Sarah Bryant



Sarah Bryant a rejoint Slimming World en décembre 2018 alors qu'elle se sentait “grosse, moche, sans valeur et sans attrait”.

Deux ans plus tard, elle a vu beaucoup de changements dans sa vie, y compris une énorme perte de poids de cinq pierres.

Elle a déclaré: “Je suis allée pour la première fois au groupe Sam's Slimming World à Plympton avec mon amie Shana. Je me sentais de la merde dans ma peau. Je me sentais grosse, moche, sans valeur et sans attrait et je l'ai juste vue comme un moyen de passer une soirée loin des enfants. et le stress de la maison.

“SW et le groupe du lundi soir m'ont progressivement donné confiance et estime de moi. Pour cela, je suis éternellement reconnaissant.”

Sarah a déclaré que le groupe l'avait vue «traverser les moments difficiles», y compris lorsqu'elle a quitté son mari.

«Les dames sur le bureau pour lesquelles je suis tombée en panne m'ont emmenée dans le couloir arrière et m'ont donné une épaule sur laquelle pleurer», a-t-elle déclaré.

«Ce genre de soutien n'a pas de prix! En raison de problèmes de garde d'enfants, j'ai dû changer de groupe.

“J'étais triste à ce sujet car j'avais appris à connaître tout le monde là-bas et ils connaissaient mon parcours.”

Sarah a ensuite rejoint le groupe de Jo à Woolwell et a continué son voyage.

Elle a déclaré: «Mon parcours a été cahoteux, avec des moments de gains semaine après semaine, mais j'ai continué à persévérer et à ne pas me battre contre les gains pendant une partie difficile de ma vie.

«Devenir mère célibataire de deux jeunes enfants et devoir abandonner ma carrière de scientifique biomédical pour devenir une aide à temps plein pour mon fils gravement handicapé.

“Avance rapide de 18 mois, 5ème perte de poids, atteignant même la cible pendant le verrouillage et je suis maintenant super confiant, avoir un suivi insta de 35k, avoir un incroyable (super chaud, pas que je sois un petit ami biaisé) mais le meilleur. …. JE SUIS HEUREUX!”

Sarah a partagé ses recettes et son parcours avec d'autres membres de la communauté Slimming World sur Instagram.

Abbie Browne



Abbie Browne, de Liskeard, a du mal avec son poids depuis qu'elle est adolescente.

Elle a essayé de suivre un régime au fil des ans mais, comme beaucoup d'entre nous, elle a eu du mal à s'en tenir au plan.

Mais après avoir été inspirée par une image d'une “grosse poupée Barbie” après le verrouillage et avec l'aide de son groupe WW local et de son mari solidaire, elle perd du poids.

«J'ai déjà été membre de la WW et d'autres clubs de perte de poids, j'ai eu un peu de succès mais je ne suis jamais resté fidèle à cela», a déclaré Abbie.

«Je suis un mangeur d'émotions et lorsque des défis surgissent dans la vie, je mange mes émotions plutôt que de les affronter. Cependant, une semaine après le verrouillage, j'ai vu une image en ligne qui m'a vraiment frappé.

«C’était une photo d’une poupée Barbie normale et d’une grosse poupée Barbie qui sortait de ses vêtements avec la légende« Barbie avant et après le verrouillage ».

«C'était un vrai moment d'ampoule pour moi! Je ne voulais pas sortir de ce verrouillage plus en surpoids que je ne l'étais déjà et j'ai réalisé que c'était l'occasion idéale pour moi de faire les changements de style de vie dont j'avais besoin».

Abbie avait rejoint WW, anciennement connu sous le nom de Weight Watchers, en octobre 2019 et perdait du poids très lentement.

Mais pendant le verrouillage, le super mince a perdu une pierre en seulement cinq semaines.

Elle a déclaré: «Lorsque le verrouillage a commencé, j'avais hâte de rejoindre mon atelier 'virtuel' local en ligne à Liskeard. J'ai décidé de rejoindre mon ancien entraîneur et c'était génial de voir beaucoup de visages familiers sur l'écran de zoom et d'entendre mon ancienne entraîneure Laura Carson diriger l'atelier Nous nous sommes tous impliqués, avons échangé les meilleurs conseils et parlé de tout ce que nous ferions normalement dans un atelier en face à face.

«Je suis très organisé et je planifie et pré-suivi tous mes repas de la semaine. Je note les points qui me restent après avoir suivi mes repas et me suis préparé une petite boîte à collations pour que je sache que je peux toujours avoir les choses que j'aime tous les jours. Si ce n’est pas dans la boîte, je ne peux pas l’avoir!

«Pour moi, c'est transformationnel. Dans le passé, mon excuse pour ne pas perdre de poids était que j'aimais sortir avec mes amis et prendre un café, déjeuner et dîner.

“Je ne bois pas beaucoup d'alcool de toute façon, donc ce n'était pas un problème. Nous avons beaucoup d'amis et de membres de la famille adorables qui nous invitent à dîner, mais dans les maisons des autres, j'ai toujours eu du mal à m'en tenir à mes points. Maintenant, personne n'est autorisé. pour socialiser, je ne peux plus utiliser cela comme excuse et le poids commence à tomber.

Lisez son histoire complète ici.

Sarah Ricketts



Sarah Ricketts

Sarah Ricketts est entrée pour la première fois dans son groupe local Slimming World en janvier 2020.

Elle a dit qu'elle “se sentait très seule” et qu'elle était “gênée” par son poids.

“Ma première pesée m'a complètement choquée alors que je pesais le plus lourd que j'aie jamais eu – 21 pierres 6,5 livres”, a-t-elle déclaré.

«Ce fut le plus grand choc de ma vie de sortir de là avec des émotions mitigées, honteux de ce que je m'étais laissé devenir mais tellement heureux que j'ai fait les premiers pas pour perdre du poids.

“Mon poids ne m'avait jamais vraiment dérangé d'apparence, j'ai toujours été une personne joyeuse et pétillante, mais je ne pouvais pas supporter de me faire prendre en photo ou de regarder celles qui avaient été prises de moi et je savais qu'au fond de moi ma santé était affectée mon poids.”

Sarah admet que son voyage a été “rendu beaucoup plus difficile” par le verrouillage, mais elle savait qu'elle devait rester sur la bonne voie en utilisant les réunions Zoom.

«Cela m'a vraiment aidé plus que je ne le pense», a-t-elle déclaré.

«Cela n'a pas été facile, mais chaque semaine, j'ai tout donné et je n'ai encore jamais gagné en 48 semaines.

«La semaine de Noël, j’ai récupéré mon certificat de huit pierres dont je suis vraiment fier. Je n’ai pas encore atteint mon objectif, mais je suis déterminé à y arriver et je sais qu’avec l’aide d’Emma et de mon groupe, je le ferai.

«J'ai vraiment apprécié tous les repas familiaux, ce qui facilite beaucoup les choses lorsque vous êtes une maman occupée. Notre préférée de la famille est la tarte maison faite à la manière du monde minceur. Mes enfants et mon mari aiment aussi essayer toutes les recettes.

«Ma famille et mes amis ont remarqué un regain de confiance en moi, je commence à aimer ce que je vois me regarder maintenant. Je ne pourrais pas y arriver sans le soutien et l'amitié du groupe et de mon consultant.

«Ma vie a complètement changé, je peux maintenant profiter de longues promenades et activités avec mon mari et mes deux enfants.

«La chose la plus agréable mais aussi la plus triste de perdre du poids est que ma fille a dit que maman, je peux maintenant vous serrer correctement dans mes bras, cela m'a fait pleurer.

“C'est de loin la meilleure décision que j'aie jamais prise et j'aimerais seulement trouver mon charmant groupe plus tôt.”

Mark Smith



Inspirational – Mark Smith a perdu 9 pierres 4 lb depuis juin dernier

Plymouth, papa de deux enfants, Mark Smith s'est un jour décrit comme une «patate de canapé».

Poussant près de 24 pierres, l'homme de Pennycross, Mark, avait du mal à monter les escaliers, se sentait constamment brisé et avait même du mal à avoir assez d'énergie pour jouer avec ses merveilleux jeunes enfants.

Il voulait désespérément être en meilleure santé – mais il ne pensait pas pouvoir le faire.

Mais maintenant, à peine 15 mois après s'être lancé le défi de perdre du poids et de devenir en bonne santé, Mark est prêt à parcourir 570 km à vélo, après avoir perdu 59 kg (9 pierres 4 lb) grâce à une alimentation saine et à l'exercice.

Mark, 44 ans, dit que son parcours de perte de poids a été un «marathon pas un sprint» et a certainement été difficile à certains moments.

Mais finalement, perdre du poids et devenir plus actif a changé tous les aspects de sa vie pour le mieux.

“Il n'y a pas un seul aspect de ma vie qui n'a pas eu un effet d'entraînement positif de la perte de poids”, a-t-il déclaré.

Tout a commencé lorsqu'une conversation fortuite avec un collègue au travail a conduit Mark à réaliser que le groupe de soutien populaire pour la perte de poids Slimming World “n'est pas seulement pour les femmes.”

Mark, qui voulait perdre du poids pendant un certain temps mais ne pensait pas pouvoir le faire, a décidé de franchir le pas et a rejoint le groupe SW à Peverell en juin 2019 pour aider à démarrer son parcours vers la remise en forme.

Au début de son voyage, il avait besoin de perdre du poids pour avoir l'endurance et la force nécessaires pour être actif – mais il avait également besoin de devenir actif pour perdre du poids.

Ainsi, pendant les premiers mois de son plan, Mark s'est concentré sur son régime alimentaire, avant de rejoindre finalement le gymnase en septembre 2019.

Il a rapidement sorti son vieux vélo de montagne et s'est lancé dans une longue balade à vélo avec son cousin, et s'est depuis passionné pour devenir «plus en forme et plus rapide» à chaque cycle.

Bien qu'il y ait certainement de bons et de mauvais jours dans le parcours de perte de poids de quelqu'un, si quelqu'un passe une mauvaise journée, il lui suffit de prendre un moment pour se réinitialiser, apprendre de son comportement et passer à autre chose, dit Mark.

Depuis septembre, Mark a vraiment amélioré sa force et son endurance et continue de faire de l'exercice autant qu'il le peut (tout en étant mari, papa et en travaillant deux emplois), pour rester en forme.

Lisez son histoire complète, ici.

Chloé Scott




Chloe Scott de St Blazey est entrée pour la première fois dans son groupe local Slimming World en janvier et en l'espace d'un an, elle a perdu neuf pierres (58 kg) qui, selon elle, ont transformé sa vie.

La mère de deux enfants de 29 ans a déclaré: «Quand je suis entrée dans le monde minceur, j'avais peur mais j'étais déterminée à faire un changement pour moi et ma famille. J'étais le plus grand que j'aie jamais été et après une longue bataille contre la dépression postnatale, je me suis tourné vers la nourriture pour me réconforter. Je n'avais aucun espace mental pour prendre soin de moi parce que chaque jour était passé à survivre.

«Mais je savais après avoir vu de terribles photos de Noël que je devais me donner la priorité ou que mes enfants grandiraient sans maman.

«Quand j'ai fait pencher la balance à presque 22 pierres, je ne pouvais même pas me résoudre à pleurer parce que je savais que c'était la dernière fois que je voyais ce nombre. Je ne voulais pas me justifier, je voulais juste le changer. “

Pour la première fois depuis des années, Chloé rentra chez elle et élabora un plan de repas et, plus important encore, s'y colla. Elle a changé son régime alimentaire pour que les repas en famille soient plus variés, a augmenté sa routine d'exercice, y compris la marche pour aller à l'école au lieu de conduire, faire de longues promenades en famille le week-end et même commencé à courir.




Elle a dit qu'avant de commencer avec Slimming World, si elle avait eu une mauvaise journée, elle s'effondrerait sur le canapé devant la télévision avec un plat à emporter, alors que maintenant elle est plus susceptible de mettre de la musique et de se promener pour effacer sa tête.

«Cette année a été si terrible à bien des égards, mais j'étais déterminée à ce qu'à une époque où nous ne pouvions pas contrôler grand-chose au monde, je pouvais encore contrôler mon parcours de perte de poids», a-t-elle ajouté. «Je savais que si je mangeais mon chemin à travers le verrouillage de Covid, je serais de retour là où j'ai commencé, ou peut-être même pire. J'ai pris le temps supplémentaire de faire participer les enfants à des chasses au trésor pour me garder en mouvement et aussi pour essayer de nouveaux repas.

«J'ai vraiment apprécié les réunions de zoom, et mon mari me pesait avant le travail un mercredi, ce qui me tiendrait responsable en sachant que lui et les enfants verraient la balance.

Pour Chloé, son plus grand succès est de savoir qu'elle peut encore plus apprécier d'être avec ses enfants.

«Avant de commencer le monde minceur, j'étais calme et n'aimais pas être approchée parce que j'étais gênée», a-t-elle déclaré. «Mon mariage était difficile parce que je m'étais totalement perdu physiquement et émotionnellement. J'étais terrifié à l'idée d'emmener les enfants des jours au cas où je ne pourrais pas entrer dans les manèges ou les gens me regarderaient. Mais je savais que ce n’était pas vraiment moi. J'ai toujours aimé marcher et m'amuser. Mais j’avais perdu mon chemin.

«Dire que Slimming World a changé ma vie est un euphémisme. Au cours de l'été, j'ai emmené les enfants les jours où j'ai pu prendre les devants et ne pas regarder de côté et je peux certainement m'intégrer dans les manèges. Nous sommes allés en vacances en famille et je l'ai apprécié sans crainte et je suis même rentré à la maison avec une perte de poids.

«Ma santé mentale s'est améliorée au point que j'ai cessé de prendre tous mes médicaments et, par conséquent, mon mariage est dans un bien meilleur endroit. Je me sens enfin comme moi et mes enfants ont la maman qu'ils méritent. “

Pour en savoir plus sur l'histoire de Chloé, cliquez ici.

Joanne et Scott Mason



Après une perte de poids combinée de 13,5 lb avec l'aide de leur groupe local Slimming World à Brixham, Joanne et Scott Mason ont atteint les demi-finales du concours Couple of the Year 2019 de l'organisation avec seulement 17 autres couples du Royaume-Uni et d'Irlande. .

Joanne et Scott pensent que le secret de leur succès était de se soutenir mutuellement à la maison, ainsi que chaque semaine dans leur groupe Slimming World.

Joanne, 48 ans, qui est passée de 15 à 9 livres, a déclaré: «Je savais que mon poids était un problème et que je devenais de plus en plus mal à l'aise dans ma propre peau, mais je ne savais pas vraiment par où commencer. perdre du poids.

«Le moment de l'ampoule est venu lorsque Scott m'a dit qu'il n'était pas satisfait de son poids aussi. Nous avions entendu de grandes choses à propos de Slimming World, et cela semblait être la solution idéale pour nous.

“Nous savions que nous avions besoin de l'encouragement d'un groupe chaque semaine et que nous nous soutiendrions mutuellement en cours de route également.”

Scott, 45 ans, qui est passé du 16e 3,5 lb au 12e 9 lb, a ajouté: «Cela a été un énorme soulagement une fois que j'ai réalisé que Joanne voulait aussi perdre du poids, car je savais qu'en se soutenant mutuellement pour faire des choix plus sains, cela nous donnerait. à la fois un avenir meilleur et il a absolument – nous avons une toute nouvelle vie. “

Lisez leur histoire complète ici.

Megun Blunden



Megan a rejoint le groupe Slimming World de Caroline Sweet à Plympton l'année dernière pendant la semaine entre Noël et le Nouvel An, dans le but de se remettre en robe.

Elle a déclaré: “La robe rouge sur la gauche était ma” seule chose à me remettre “. Maintenant, j'avais 19 ans sur cette première photo.

«Quand j'ai commencé mon voyage, j'étais tellement déterminé à retrouver cette silhouette. À mi-chemin de mon voyage, j'ai réalisé que j'avais maintenant 26 ans et que je ne retrouverai plus jamais ce corps, et ça va.

«Mes priorités sont passées de« devenir maigre »à« perdre du poids et vivre une vie plus saine ». La deuxième photo a été prise alors que j'avais 24 ans. J'étais si heureuse et je me sentais très confiante, mais je voulais toujours être la fille du la gauche.

«Aujourd'hui, pour la première fois en 7 ans, j’ai réussi à me remettre dans la robe‘ LA ’, à la refermer complètement et à respirer encore.

“Je ne pensais certainement pas y revenir un jour, et je ne pensais pas non plus que je me sentirais mieux dedans que je ne l'ai fait la première fois.”

Tamsin Cole



Tamsin avant sa perte de poids

Une femme autiste de Plymouth qui a perdu 5 livres et 7 livres encourage les autres à réaliser leurs rêves.

Tamsin Cole a rejoint «à contrecœur» Slimming World en mars 2018 et admet que tout n'était pas simple au début, mais elle est maintenant plus heureuse que jamais.

L'entraîneur de la jeune femme de 29 ans, Mandy Coles, a déclaré que Tamsin était “l'un des membres les plus incroyables” qu'elle ait jamais rencontrés et qu'elle adorait regarder sa transformation, non seulement en poids, mais aussi dans sa personnalité.

Mandy a déclaré que Tamsin avait débuté dans le groupe “très renfermé” mais “n'aurait pas pu être plus fière” de la voir gagner en confiance, l'aidant à atteindre la finale régionale de la femme de l'année 2019.

Tamsin a déclaré: «Je veux que les personnes autistes sachent que même si le changement est difficile, étrange et stressant, si vous avez le bon consultant et une famille très solidaire, il est très possible de réaliser votre rêve de perte de poids.

“Même si je ne suis pas encore tout à fait à mon objectif, je vis pratiquement mon rêve de perte de poids et je tiens à remercier tous ceux qui m'ont aidé.”



Tamsin après sa perte de poids

Tamsin espère atteindre la 10e place puis maintenir son poids à partir de là.

Elle a dit qu'elle pensait que la partie la plus difficile de la perte de poids serait de rester à l'écart du chocolat, mais a constaté qu'il y avait une série de facteurs qui rendaient la tâche difficile.

Tamsin a déclaré: “Je pensais que la chose la plus difficile allait être ma consommation de chocolat car je suis un peu un chocoholic mais ce n'était pas le cas.

“Le plus dur pour moi en essayant de respecter mon plan, c'est quand j'ai à peine l'argent pour acheter la nourriture dont j'ai besoin pour respecter le plan, ou quand ma dépression frappe et que je ne veux tout simplement pas manger, mais j'essaie de me débrouiller mangez quelque chose car je ne veux pas empirer les choses.

«La meilleure chose à propos de toute l'expérience est que tout le monde est dans le bateau, donc personne ne porte de jugement et cela aide que Mandy ait été si patiente avec moi et mon autisme.

“Je me sens bien de savoir que je peux désormais porter des vêtements plus petits et bien paraître, j'ai aussi beaucoup plus confiance en moi.”

Tamsin a l'aide et le soutien de sa mère et de ses sœurs qui sont également membres du groupe de perte de poids.

Elle aime aussi pouvoir jouer avec ses nièces et neveux depuis qu'elle a perdu du poids et dit qu'elle peut «les chasser et jouer à des jeux avec eux maintenant».

Tamsin a changé son alimentation du chocolat, de la pizza, des boissons gazeuses et des desserts sucrés aux produits Quorn, aux poivrons, aux pâtes et au poulet.

Elle a dit: «Avant, je pensais que j'avais juste besoin de manger plus sainement et d'éliminer la malbouffe, mais ce n'est pas que vous ayez juste besoin d'optimiser la nourriture et cela m'a appris à contrôler ma consommation de chocolat.

“Être sur Slimming World et perdre le poids que j'ai fait, m'a donné la confiance nécessaire pour me raser la tête pour la charité Sue Ryder.”

Lisez l'histoire de Tamsin, ici.

Jemma Jones



Jemma Jones avant et après sa perte de poids incroyable de 6 kg

Une mère de cinq enfants de Plymouth a jeté un énorme six et demi pierre, ce qui a eu un effet drastique sur sa santé mentale.

Il y a un peu plus d'un an, Jemma Jones était une “recluse complète” et a essayé de se “cacher” sous des vêtements amples, en faisant tout son possible pour éviter d'être vue par des amis ou de la famille.

Les 32 ans

old a dit qu'elle était aux prises avec des sentiments suicidaires car elle n'était pas contente de ce qu'elle avait l'air ou ressentait d'elle-même.

En janvier 2019, Jemma a décidé de commencer son parcours santé et a rejoint Slimming World, afin de l'aider à transmettre des habitudes saines à ses enfants.

Elle a déclaré: “J'ai cinq enfants et les avoir me rend d'autant plus déterminé à réussir, tout en leur enseignant des valeurs nutritionnelles afin qu'ils ne souffrent pas d'obésité, espérons-le.”

Avant de rejoindre le groupe de perte de poids, Jemma se gorgeait de plats à emporter et de malbouffe et ne participait à aucun exercice, mais maintenant elle s'en tient à son plan et mange avec modération, mais n'est pas limitée aux choix alimentaires qu'elle fait.

Elle a dit: “Si je peux le faire, n'importe qui le peut. Si vous pouvez le rêver, vous pouvez le faire.

«Ce n’est pas seulement un régime, c’est un style de vie et pour moi c’est une question de soins personnels.

«Je mange tout avec modération. Je ne fais pas d’entraînement en tant que tel, mais je suis plus capable de marcher sur une bonne distance et de me déplacer plus librement.»



Jemma Jones a perdu plus de cinq pierres

Jemma assiste au groupe de Lauren Fidler chaque semaine à Mount Gould et a déclaré qu'être entourée d'autres personnes qui effectuent des voyages similaires la gardait motivée et inspirée.

Elle a déclaré: «La meilleure chose est d'entendre les histoires de réussite des autres et de croire en moi grâce à l'inspiration des autres.

“Je sens que je peux atteindre un objectif que je me suis fixé et je gagne lentement en confiance et en confiance en moi.”

Jemma a maintenant surmonté la dépression et la crédite de sa perte de poids.

Elle a ajouté: «J'ai complètement changé ma vie, avec beaucoup de détermination, je peux honnêtement dire que je suis la plus heureuse que j'ai jamais été.

«Il y a un an, j'étais complètement reclus et j'ai essayé de me cacher sous des vêtements amples dans l'espoir de ne pas être vu, maintenant je peux porter une robe moulante et me sentir fabuleuse.

«Je ne suis plus la recluse suicidaire que j'étais autrefois, je suis confiante et heureuse.

“Le groupe me permet vraiment de continuer chaque semaine et m'offre une bouée de sauvetage pendant le verrouillage.”

Sean Lyons



Sean Lyons a perdu du poids

Un chef de Plymouth au bon cœur est parti en mission pour perdre plus de trois pierres afin de pouvoir collecter des fonds pour une œuvre de bienfaisance.

Sean Lyons était déterminé à aider à collecter des fonds pour l'organisme de bienfaisance pour la santé mentale Mind et à participer à une plongée en groupe, mais on lui a dit qu'il était trop lourd pour participer.

On a dit à Sean qu'il devrait perdre du poids avant de pouvoir s'inscrire, et sa mère lui a alors recommandé de rejoindre Slimming World.

L'homme de 50 ans, qui travaille comme chef et veilleur de nuit à St Elizabeth's House à Plympton, a déclaré qu'il “avait la tentation quotidienne” de préparer et de servir des petits-déjeuners cuisinés et des thés à la crème de luxe, mais avec l'aide de Slimming World, il a réussi à rester sur la bonne voie.

Sean a déclaré qu'il “avait d'abord eu du mal à rester à l'écart de ces tentations” mais avec le soutien de sa mère et du groupe, il a lentement fait les changements qui l'ont aidé à voir des résultats étonnants.

Il a fait de petits changements comme remplacer les boissons riches en sucre par des boissons sans sucre et sans sucre et parvient toujours à «profiter pleinement d'un steak juteux».

Il a déclaré: “Ce sont vraiment les petits changements et le soutien et l'inspiration du groupe qui m'ont aidé à perdre du poids sans me sentir affamé, coupable ou privé.”

Sean a dit qu'il avait «aller aux collations», comme des œufs durs, du jambon et du bacon sans graisse, pour l'aider à se sentir rassasié et éviter la tentation pendant la cuisson au travail.

En neuf mois seulement après avoir rejoint Slimming World, Sean a perdu la quantité de poids nécessaire pour lui permettre de participer au saut.

Lisez l'histoire complète de Sean ici.

Philip Adams



Phil a perdu 3 livres de 7 livres en un peu moins d'un an et demi
Phil a perdu 3 livres de 7 livres en un peu moins d'un an et demi

Lorsque Phillip Adams a appris la bouleversante nouvelle que sa leucémie était devenue terminale, il savait qu'il devait radicalement changer son mode de vie.

Phil était déterminé à voir ses petits-enfants grandir et passer encore de nombreuses années avec l'amour de sa vie, Marceil.

Non seulement Phil luttait contre le cancer, il pesait 16 livres et souffrait d'une multitude d'autres problèmes de santé, notamment rhumatoïde et arthrose, qui étaient sans aucun doute aggravés par son poids et lui causant une douleur considérable.

Les choses sont devenues encore plus sérieuses lorsque l'homme de 62 ans a appris qu'il avait besoin d'une arthroplastie de la hanche, mais qu'il était trop en surpoids pour subir l'opération et devait perdre du poids.

Mais Phil résilient a perdu 3 livres de 7 livres en un peu moins d'un an et demi, avec l'aide de Slimming World.

Phil a maintenant été couronné «homme de l'année» d'Ernesettle, ce qui pourrait le propulser en demi-finale de la compétition nationale minceur mondiale.

Phil a déclaré: «Au fond, je n'étais pas satisfait de mon poids depuis un certain temps, mais il m'a fallu beaucoup de temps pour y faire face. Puis, lorsque je me suis avoué que je voulais perdre du poids, je ne voulais toujours pas demander de l’aide.

“J'ai réalisé que c'était loin d'être faible, demander de l'aide demande de la force de caractère. Obtenir de l'aide pour faire des changements m'a donné un sentiment de confiance qui profite à tous les aspects de ma vie.”

Au fur et à mesure que le poids diminuait, Phil a découvert qu'il avait plus d'énergie et que sa santé a pris un énorme tournant, étant maintenant capable de faire plus qu'il ne l'avait fait depuis des années.

Il a pu subir une arthroplastie de la hanche et a maintenant commencé à profiter d'une meilleure qualité de vie.

Vous pouvez lire l'histoire complète de Phil, ici.

Jayne Cooves



Jayne avant et après

Il n'a fallu que deux mois à Jayne Cooves pour perdre 24 livres depuis qu'elle a rejoint le groupe de perte de poids après avoir vu l'image qui lui a fait sentir qu'elle avait «laissé tomber sa famille» avec son apparence.

La femme de 37 ans a rejoint le groupe Mandy Coles après avoir été inspirée par sa propre 12ème perte de poids.

Jayne pesait 18 livres et 11 livres lorsqu'elle a rejoint le groupe virtuel pendant le verrouillage et à peine huit semaines plus tard, elle est sur la bonne voie pour atteindre sa cible.

«Quand j'ai reçu notre photo professionnelle à distance sociale prise le jour de la victoire, je me suis regardé et j'ai senti que je laissais tomber ma famille avec mon apparence», a déclaré Jayne.

«Après avoir vu la photo, j'étais dégoûté de la taille que j'avais obtenue.

«J'ai été totalement inspiré par le voyage sensationnel de Mandy avec Slimming World.

“Je connais Mandy depuis plus de 25 ans et je l'ai vue lutter avec son poids, mais depuis son arrivée, elle a fait absolument fantastique, et je voulais une partie de cela.”

Depuis son arrivée, la mère de deux enfants a amélioré sa relation avec la nourriture et cela a également eu un effet positif sur sa famille, son mari perdant également du poids et ses fils de huit et 11 ans mangeant mieux.

«Ma relation avec la nourriture s'est considérablement améliorée», dit-elle.

“Je suis beaucoup plus convaincu que la nourriture que je mange n'est pas seulement délicieuse, mais qu'elle est bonne pour moi et ma famille.”

Mais le verrouillage a apporté ses défis.

Jayne a déclaré: «Mon plus jeune fils est autiste et le changement de routine et le fait de ramener l'école à la maison ont été un énorme défi.

“Il a vraiment eu du mal avec le changement. Ma façon habituelle de faire face est de manger réconfortant et c'est ce que mon mari et moi faisions au début et faire de mauvais choix alimentaires.

«Je savais que je devais faire quelque chose pour m'empêcher de tomber dans une spirale dangereuse de manger pour me réconforter, puis de mieux comprendre mon apparence et mes sentiments.

Maintenant, Jayne se sent confiante, énergique et élevée en raison des changements alimentaires.

«Je me sens vraiment positive», dit-elle.

«Slimming World ne coupe rien, donc je n'ai jamais l'impression de suivre un régime.

«Pour moi, je suis un mangeur d'émotions, mais j'ai appris à mieux contrôler cela et à faire de meilleurs choix.

“Je planifie aussi mes repas pour la semaine, donc je n'ai jamais faim. Mon mari n'arrête pas de dire aux gens que nous n'avons jamais aussi bien mangé. C'est génial.”

Lors d'une journée typique avant de rejoindre Slimming World, Jayne mangeait du pain grillé épais, du croustillant, du chocolat et tout ce qu'elle pouvait «enfourner pour plus de commodité».


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Maintenant, Jayne commence sa journée avec des fruits et des crêpes ou une omelette et pour le déjeuner a un wrap ou un rouleau de bacon.

Pour un repas du soir, la famille a une recette maison de Slimming World de l'application Slimming World.

Lisez l'histoire complète de Jayne ici.

Emma Hallas



Emma se sent maintenant plus confiante après avoir rejoint Slimming World

Une maman de Plymouth qui s'est sentie découragée après avoir porté une «tente» au mariage de son père a perdu un énorme 4e en seulement sept mois.

La femme de 32 ans souffrait également de courbatures en raison de sa taille, ce qui faisait des tâches de base, comme promener le chien, un grand défi.

Au début de cette année, Emma Hallas pesait 17 livres et a franchi le pas pour rejoindre Slimming World, ce qui l'a aidée à retrouver confiance en elle.

Elle pèse maintenant 13 livres 12 livres et est en bonne voie d'atteindre son poids cible de 12 livres.

«Lors du mariage de mon père l'année dernière, même si j'étais si excitée, je me suis sentie tellement mal à l'aise toute la journée», a-t-elle déclaré.

«Tout le monde portait de si beaux vêtements et je devais juste acheter une robe de type tente pour couvrir toutes mes bosses et bosses.

“C'était une belle journée mais j'ai lutté avec ma confiance en moi tout le week-end.”

Emma, ​​maman de deux enfants, a rejoint le groupe Peverell Slimming World en janvier et a radicalement changé son régime typique de biscuits, de pizzas et de gâteaux.



Emma est sur la bonne voie pour atteindre son objectif de poids

Elle a dit: «J'ai fait Slimming World dans le passé et je sais que le plan fonctionne vraiment si vous vous y tenez, ce qui me donne envie de retourner dans la famille et de perdre à nouveau du poids.

«Je me sens tellement plus confiant en moi, je suis tellement plus actif et je ne me sens pas gêné de sortir et de porter des vêtements plus ajustés.

«Avant le régime, j'achèterais volontiers des paquets de biscuits et les mangeais à mon bureau, j'en achèterais plus pendant ma pause déjeuner et en mangerais un autre paquet complet quand je rentrais à la maison.

“Je mangeais des gâteaux garnis de crème et je prenais une pizza presque tous les jours pour le dîner.”

Mais maintenant, Emma a commencé à cuisiner à partir de zéro et a trouvé un amour pour la cuisine maison.

Elle mange maintenant des aliments «rapides» le matin, comme du melon, des baies et du yogourt, ainsi que des pommes de terre en veste et de la salade pour le déjeuner.

Emma admet qu'elle apprécie toujours une pizza de temps en temps.

«Je peux faire des pizzas à partir de rien et les rendre amicales au Slimming World, je n'ai jamais l'impression de rater quelque chose», a-t-elle déclaré.

Emma a dû faire face à des défis tout au long du confinement, trouvant difficile de planifier ses repas.

«J’ai déjà essayé de faire le plan depuis chez moi et cela n’a pas fonctionné pour moi», a expliqué Emma.

«Mon incroyable consultant Vicki a créé une page Facebook avec tout le monde pour toute l'aide dont chacun a besoin et il y a des réunions Zoom hebdomadaires, qui sont toujours amusantes.

“Le simple fait de recevoir un SMS pour vous assurer que vous allez bien vous aide à rester motivé et à suivre votre plan.”

Lisez l'histoire complète d'Emma ici.

Neil Fenton



Neil Fenton s'est senti isolé avant de rejoindre Slimming World

Un homme qui croyait que Slimming World était pour les femmes a changé sa vie et aide maintenant les autres.

Neil Fenton's confidence plummeted as he went through a vicious cycle of restricting his food, falling off the wagon then feeling “like a failure”.

He struggled to walk without getting out of breath and hid his figure in baggy clothing, admitting that as his self-esteem lowered he felt “it began to cripple” his life.

His mum suggested he joined the weight loss group, but he was reluctant in the beginning.



Neil Fenton after his 2st weight loss

Neil said: “I felt really uncertain, I was desperate for help as I just felt so alone but I couldn’t help but wonder, isn’t this a diet for women?

“Would there be any other men there? Was I meant to be there?”

Neil said that the food plan that the weight loss group offer helped him stay on track to hit his targets and he was never left feeling hungry.

Neil has now trained as a consultant for Slimming World at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Now he is opening his own group in Southway in Plymouth at The Falstaff Inn on Saturday 16th November 2019 at 8.30am.

Norma Courage – 10st



Norma Courage before and after her 10st weight loss

A Plymouth gran reversed her diabetes after losing a whopping 10st after breaking her hairdresser's chair.

Norma Courage first joined weight loss group Slimming World. in Torpoint in 2007 weighing 21st 11.5lbs after two incidents which left her humiliated.

The first one left her unable to fit into the plane seat she had been allocated when going on a family holiday, and the second incident came after she visited the hairdresser and sat in the seat, and broke it.

“I often wonder what I would look like now, or even if I would still be here if it was not for that first step into a Slimming World Group,” the 73-year-old said.

Norma has gone from a size 28 to a size 14 and says her husband and her sons have never seen her as small as she is now.

She said: “I have been married for 53 years and my husband or my three boys have never seen me at this weight; I have lost 10 Stone and it has taken me a few years to do it.

“I used to be a diabetic but since I lost weight I am no longer a diabetic and have reversed the condition. I can also walk now and do things that I could only dream of before.

“When I was at my heaviest I would hate clothes shopping, but now I love it.”

The St Budeaux resident, who has 13 grandchildren, said attending the Torpoint group has helped keep her motivated and on track to her goal weight.




She said: “I started Slimming World, because I got on a plane and couldn't sit in the seat properly and I also went to the hairdressers and the chair broke.

“I just felt useless could not move and did not want a move. I did not want to go out and when I did I felt that people were always looking at me as I was so big.”

Norma said despite being in her 70s, losing weight has meant that she feels she is in her 30s again.

“I can walk anywhere feel good about myself and go into any shop and buy clothes it's a wonderful feeling,” she said.

“I am 73 years old now but I feel like 30, it's a wonderful feeling.”

Before starting her weight loss journey, Norma would eat a whole packet of Mars bars.

She said: “Before Slimming World I would eat anything.

“I would go to the shop and buy not one Mars bar but a packet of Mars bars. Anything that was more than one in a packet I would buy it and I would eat chocolate all day.

“Now I eat sensibly and if I do feel I need something different I will have it.

“I call them my treats, but I will make up for it other ways with my good healthy food. I never want to go back to those dark dark days again.”

Read Norma's full story, here.

Katie Boekestein – 3st 7lbs



Katie Boekestein said she was “eating her emotions” but has now managed to shed a whopping three-and-half stone

A young trainee doctor who said she was “eating her emotions” has managed to shed a whopping three-and-half stone.

Katie Boekestein admits she was never the girl that “hid behind her weight”.

But she remembers a time where she felt embarrassed after sitting on a white plastic chair, and it collapsed under her.

But the tipping point for the now 21-year-old was realising the state of her health in the summer of 2018.

“I was 19 with an obese BMI, I was sat in multiple lectures hearing all about how obesity and central adiposity enhanced many different disease processes and syndromes,” she explained.

“I decided this was not the path I wanted for my health and my body! It was affecting all parts of my life!

“My fitness, confidence and overall well-being was decreasing as I continued to put on weight during my first year of university.

“When I headed back to my family home, I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to change for my future.”



Katie before and after joining Slimming World

She joined a group in Birmingham, but after “flouncing between a few”, she settled with Lauren Fidler's Mount Gould Slimming World group.

“I decided to do Slimming world by myself to start off with, as my mum did it and was easy to just copy her!

“I started at 13st 3lbs. I carried most of my weight around my belly and I really didn’t like it.

“I then joined group at 12st 6lbs and got down to my target in nine months. Life then got in the way and I fluctuated a bit, not noticing I’d began to put on weight! One stone gain later, I needed to get it off to get back to target and that’s when I joined Lauren's group.”

Katie, who is a keen Netball player, has noticed a drastic improvement in her sporting ability and can now lift heavy weights.

She has plans to lose another 7lbs, but is not too focused on the numbers on the scale.

Katie said: “I’d love to get to 9st 3lbs to say that I’ve lost 4 st, however, I’m now going on what my body looks like. It’s not all about what the numbers say on the scales. I now have a toned belly.

“I feel so much happier, confident and bubbly. I feel that I’ve given myself the best chance for my future and hope that as my dietary and exercise knowledge increases, I’ll be able to help my future patients achieve similar things.

“I'm beginning to progress and I love what I’m able to achieve now. My relationship with food has completely changed! I was eating and drinking my emotions.

“My portion sizes were immense, I had loads of take-outs, meal deals and even ate a burger for breakfast.

“Everything now, I aim to make from scratch, I’ve always enjoyed cooking but now filling it with nutritious fruit and veg it’s much nicer.”



Katie Boekestein's incredible transformation

On a typical day before joining Slimming World, whilst revising, Katie would eat beans on toast with white bread and full fat cheese for breakfast, followed by a cookie or brownie and an apple and orange.

She would then have a meal deal, with crisps and diet coast, followed by a big portion of spaghetti bolognese, with full fat mince, shop bought sauce and garlic bread.

Now, she has porridge and fruit for breakfast, pasta, salad and cooked meats for lunch, homemade Slimming World curry for dinner with cauliflower rice.

She also snacks on low calorie crisp and fruit.

The lockdown period brought new challenges for Katie, but she felt with the “continuous support” from her group, she was able to stay on track.

Read more of Katie's story, here.

Tracey May



Tracey May before her weight loss
Tracey May before her weight loss

An inspirational slimmer who lost nearly 5st in less than six months has told how she has gone from barely ever leaving her home to finding a new zest for life at the age of 53 years old.

Tracey May, of Exeter, saw the pounds pile on after undergoing spinal surgery three years ago to remove a tumour.

Her recovery took many months and it began a pattern of living an inactive lifestyle which she struggled to break the heavier she got.

However, since completely changing her lifestyle in March she has lost almost a third of a body weight. She has gone from 15st 10lbs to 11st, and dropped from a size 20 to almost a size 12.

Read her full story, here.

Tamsin Fleming



Tamsin during her pregnancy and after

A Plymouth teaching assistant has reached her goal weight during lockdown, despite obstacles in her way.

Tamsin Fleming has been at home on maternity leave with her two young children and was concerned about having “access to food all day long”, but has found ways to keep herself on track.

The 30-year-old has been working her way through a vegetarian Slimming World recipe book, which not only keeps her busy, but has introduced tasty meals to her family.

Tamsin was pregnant for the majority of her Slimming World journey and has lost almost two stone.

She said: “I am astounded by how much Slimming World has helped me overcome my food obstacles and help me achieve what I set out to do.

“I was pregnant most of my Slimming World journey and this proved a lot better than I thought.

I gained 11.5lb in 9 months and lost 11lb my first week back!

“If I hadn't have stayed with the group, I would have gained a huge amount more and felt awful.

“Staying on plan, weighing in each week and pre-planning meals meant that I could still be in control of my eating whilst juggling what life had in store.”



Tamsin lost 11lbs in her first week back to Slimming World after giving birth

The mum-of-two said she consulted her midwife to check that she was allowed to continue sticking to her plan.

She said: “My midwife was happy for me to keep on plan as I wasn't losing weight rapidly and I was keeping healthy.

“Since having our daughter, I have tried to stick to healthy food and pre-plan weekly meals to help me keep on track.

“I have also joined the virtual SW group, allowing me to chat regularly with other members and my supportive consultant Tracy.”

Tamsin admits it “hasn't been easy”, but she has been “picked back up” by members on the virtual classes when she needs a boost.

She said: “They have helped me keep positive through the lockdown and pick myself back up when I have a gain. It hasn't been easy, especially through the lockdown and having two little children, but their support has been essential.

“Though there have been ups and downs, I still feel it was the best thing to do and couldn't be happier with my overall weight loss. It has also made me feel better since giving birth.

“I haven't had to try and lose a huge amount of weight whilst managing with a newborn, it would have added to the stress been detrimental to me. The number on the scales is smaller than it was, but also those non-scale victories have been important to me.

“I am able to walk more, have had to buy smaller jeans, can fit in dresses I haven't worn in years. Sometimes the visual things help you get yourself back on track too.”

Read Tamsin's full story, here.

Nicola Thomas-Botwood



Nicola has smashed her weight loss through lockdown

A retired Plymouth servicewoman has lost an incredible 2st 4.5lbs during lockdown, whilst self-isolating in South Wales with her father.

Nicola Thomas-Botwood moved to Wales to be with her father to care for him during the peak of the pandemic, which added extra difficulties to her weight loss.

But she set herself a target and smashed it, taking daily walks in the welsh mountains.

The 48-year-old even landed herself the gold body magic award and found the support from her friends and fellow members at Slimming World virtually, helped her reach her goal, even though she was in a different country.

She has even started running, which she found difficult in the beginning.

“Losing weight in lockdown was about thankfully having three things,” she said.

“A daily routine, access to a local fruit and vegetable shop and living in a rural area with great walks, right from my doorstep.

“Staying on target meant giving myself new challenges such as body magic and then successfully starting to run distance, which I had never done in my life.”

Nicola has now moved back home with her husband, which meant further challenges.

“Coming out of lockdown after I had reached my final target and moving back to live with my husband was challenging,” she said.

“I had to adapt my routine, try to relax eating to not lose more weight and find new fitness challenges.”

Nicola said she feels more positive about her health for the first time in years.

She said: “The best thing about my weight loss is the positive effect it has had on my health and stamina.

“After injury and illness leading to medical retirement, it is amazing ten years later to be this way.

“Thanks to Slimming World and all the support of my amazing group and husband, I have a real positive attitude to food and my shape.”

Karen Mayhew



Karen before her weight loss

A Plymouth mum feels better than ever after losing weight, which was prompted by an “idiot” who told her he did not date “fatties”.

Karen Mayhew said she was aware that she had gained some weight, but she was given a “kick up the bum” after a man asked her what she weighed.

The 43-year-old instantly knew the man was an “idiot”, but found that the comments gave her the motivation she needed to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Now Karen, a mother-of-one, has lost a whopping 1st 9lbs and is well on her way to achieving her goal of 10st.

“I knew I’d put on weight, but when a man told me he didn’t date ‘fatties’ after asking my weight, it gave me a kick up the bum,” she said.

“I know he was a completely idiot but strangely it helped.”



Karen Mayhew has lost 1st 9lb

Karen then decided that she wanted to “lose weight, feel healthier and gain confidence”, so took to Plymouth Gossip Girls to ask the best advice and tried-and-tested methods to shed some pounds.

Many people suggested joining Slimming World and dozens of people recommended Samantha Ball's group, who runs the Honicknowle meetings.

“I'm very happy now”, she said.

“I'm determined and confident.

“I can now fit into some of my favourite clothes that I couldn't previously.

“I'm a clothes size smaller and I can now exercise for 30-40 minutes easily.”

Karen said her heaviest weight, which is what she weighed when she first stepped foot into Samantha's group, was 12st 13lb.

She now weighs 11st 4lb and has hopes to reach a 10st target.

“I still have treats but now I understand how bad some can be, I find myself choosing better options,” she said.

Before Karen's diet consisted of sweets, chocolate, paninis, lots of bread, takeaways, crisps, cheese, wine as well as Malibu and full-fat coke.

Now, Karen has switched her diet to include more fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs pasta and sugar free drinks.

Her 12-year-old son also eats the same meals as her and it has helped introduce healthier eating habits.

En savoir plus ici.

Sara Shaw



Sara Shaw has lost six stone with Slimming World

It all started with a competition – and six stone later, Sara Shaw's life is completely different.

The mother-of-four, who previously wore a size 22 had been wanting to shed some weight after feeling “self-conscious” about her appearance.

But after entering and winning a competition to win six-weeks Slimming World membership, Sara decided she “had nothing to lose, apart from some weight” – and she has never looked back.

In just a year, Sara has lost a whopping 6st whilst regularly attending Mandy Cole's Eggbuckland group and is now wearing size 12 clothes.

“I would feel self-conscious taking my kids swimming or for days out,” Sara said,

“I would hate shopping for clothes, I would see clothes I liked but they didn’t go up to my size.

“Mandy was very encouraging when she gave me her new member talk. It was great to hear from someone who understood exactly what it was like to be a larger lady.

“She made me believe in myself that I could do this.”

The 41-year-old weighed 19st at her heaviest and “just accepted” that was how she was built.

“As my dress sizes crept up I knew I had to do something,” she said.

Now, she is loving her new image and has changed the way she eats, also incorporating exercise into her daily life.

She said: “It's odd as I know I’ve lost weight, but it takes time for your mind to change how you see yourself. Everyone around me has told me how much I have changed and getting those compliments is amazing.

“Slimming World has made me realise that I can have a full plate of food that I love and still lose weight by ensuring I eat the right foods and food optimise.”

Sara said “at first” she found it difficult during lockdown, but soon managed to get back on track.

She said: “At first it was harder to get fresh fruit and veg, pasta and store cupboard basics like it was for everyone but that has all settled down that people have stopped stockpiling.

“I was determined not to go back to how I was.

“I sit down once a week and write a meal plan so I know exactly what I need to be buying.

“We have four children so there are always sweets, biscuits or crisps around.

“I know I can have some if I want them by working it into my plan and using my syns though now I don’t reach for things like this if I do want anything to eat I will eat fruit instead as I’ve learnt fruit will fill me up for longer.”

Jeanette Murphy



Jeanette Murphy has lost 4st 7lbs
Jeanette Murphy has lost 4st 7lbs

A grandmother has wowed Slimming World consultants with her amazing willpower and determination.

Jeanette Murphy originally joined the weight loss group in 2017 to support her daughter, Caroline, who has been through a traumatic time, losing her partner when she was pregnant.

Unfortunately Caroline could not continue with the group due to illness and Jeanette became her carer and was forced with the decision to leave or continue with the group.

But despite caring for her 16-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte and her daughter Caroline, as well as coping with her own health issues, including epilepsy and osteo arthritis, she was determined to carry on achieving her weight loss goals.

Jeanette realised she was quite unfit and to keep up with Charlotte she needed to continue on her weight loss journey.

The 68-year-old has now been named Ernesettle Slimming World's diamond member of the year 2019 for losing 4st 7lbs in just over a year.

Jeanette has managed to maintain her weight and has become an inspiration to other members in the group.

Read Jeanette's full story here.

Bonnie Stainer



A before and after picture of Bonnie, (L) when she started her weight loss journey in December 2015 and what she looks like now (R)

A single mother from Devon – who lost more than seven stone after meeting pop idol Robbie Williams – has found the confidence to get back on the dating scene after taking part in a virtual blind date.

Bonnie Stainer, 35, who lacked in confidence after putting on a substantial amount of weight during her pregnancy, lost eight stone after singer-songwriter Robbie Williams brought her up onto stage during a concert in 2017.

The singer contacted Bonnie via an 'Instagram Live' over Christmas to check in on the inspirational solo-parent.

And last week Bonnie even found the confidence to take part in an online-virtual blind date after being contacted by entertainment website LadBible.

Bonnie, who has two children, said she used to “hide” at home prior to losing the weight as she hated the way she looked.

Unsure about returning to the dating scene, Bonnie who was once 231lbs, said: “I'm a single mum and I've not done anything like this in a really long time.

“It's been such a long time and I've been on a major weight loss journey of losing around 100lbs, I just never got the confidence back.

The mother of two, had been suffering with anxiety for a long period of time due to her appearance.

Bonnie said: “I used to go to work and come straight home, I'd never go out as I hated the way I looked.

“I started the weight-loss journey but mentally I was still really sad.”



Bonnie says talking to Robbie has motivated her to look for love

The 35-year old, who is a huge Robbie Williams fan, would try and avoid social events.

Bonnie said: “There was this Robbie Williams concert in Coventry that all my friends were going to.

“I wasn't even supposed to go but my friends dragged me.”

During the concert, the world-famous singer led Bonnie out of the crowd and took her up onto the stage.

Bonnie said: “He just hugged me and told me everything would be okay.

“I don't know how he knew how I was feeling but it's like he just did.

“Robbie reassuring me really was a turning point in this weight-loss journey, after that I thought I've just got to sort this out.”

Read her full story, here.

Katie Giddy-Pannell



GP Katie Giddy Pannell has undergone a dramatic transformation

A Plymouth GP has lost a whopping 5st 2lbs and is now able to share her own journey when motivating patients to lose weight.

Dr Katie Giddy-Pannell said due to her profession she “should know better” but with a vegan diet, a supportive exercise class, and Slimming World online, she has managed to shed some weight and control her lupus, a chronic health conditon.

The 41-year-old has undergone the dramatic transformation in just over a year and has seen drastic improvements to her health.

She said: “I was getting terrible debilitating back pain, out of breath, swollen legs. Just generally felt unhealthy, especially in the heat.I had no energy, no get up and go.

“Now, my health is better, less back pain and other joint pain, I have a chronic health condition called lupus, which is better controlled with my diet now, and the exercise.”

Katie said that sharing her weight loss journey with patients makes it easier for them to relate to her and helps motivate them.


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She said: “I'm a GP so I should know better but we're all humans and weight gain is so easy.

“Losing weight has made all the difference, I can be really confident when I'm encouraging patients to live a healthier lifestyle. I often share my own journey to try to help motivate them, even showing them 'before' photos.”

Katie advises anyone who wishes to lose weight to find an eating plan that suits them and to ensure that they do not make something up, as planning is key.

She said: “I would advise others to find an eating plan that suits them and stick to it, don't try to make it up, a small under-calculation in calories could mess up a lot of hard work. Eat loads of veg and group exercise is also important.”

Read more of Katie's story, here.

Sabrina Lee



Sabrina Lee before and after her weight loss

Less than a year ago, Sabrina Lee refused to eat out at restaurants in fear of not fitting in the seats.

She struggled to walk and rarely left the house in fear of being judged by others for her weight.

The 33-year-old was not just suffering physically but was battling with her mental health, admitting that her weight contributed to her “darkest moments”.

Sabrina had been unemployed for seven years and in February 2019 she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which frightened her into making drastic changes.

“I'd heard the horror stories about losing feet and going blind from uncontrolled diabetes. I decided that would not be me,” she said.

Sabrina weighed in at 28st 8lbs and wore size 32 clothing and she never cooked, relying on snacks and takeaways.

On a typical weekend she'd eat bowls of sugary cereal, four pieces of toast, crisps and snacks, followed by a large takeaway pizza and chicken.

She said: “I had no life at my heaviest weight. Never left the house and couldn't walk far. I'd avoid social situations worried about being judged or able to fit in the seats at restaurants.

“I'll never forget my darkest moments but it's hard to remember my life that way.

“I use those feelings to stay on track and never go back there.”

Sabrina said she “never thought she could lose this much weight” and feels like she has got her life back after 'reversing' her diabetes in just 10 months.

She now weighs 21st 6lbs and is a size 24, more motivated than ever to hit her 11st target.

Now, on a typical day, Sabrina will eat porridge, omelette with salad and chicken with brown rice and veg and sticks to a Slimming World plan.

Before starting her health journey, Sabrina had to have blood tests every three months and was prescribed metformin.

“At my last check up I was officially non-diabetic,” she said.

“I thought I could never lose this much weight and get my life back. I've been able to make my portions smaller and not struggle with hunger all day.”

Sabrina believes that her eight-year-old Staffy dog, Sam, has helped her shed the pounds.

Read Sabrina's story, here.

Chris Pridham



Together the Pridham family has lost 15 stone

Four years ago, Chris Pridham was excited to jet off on a holiday of a lifetime to Mexico, but it quickly turned into a nightmare when he struggled to get in his seat.

When he finally managed to do his seatbelt up he decided he would have to make some changes to his lifestyle, after holding everyone up on the breathless walk to the plane.

Chris said his experience at the airport “set the tone” for the whole holiday and due to his 24 stone weight, he could not partake in all of the activities with his partner and old friends.

He said: “When we boarded the plane I could hardly get my seat belt on and there was no way the table would go flat as my stomach was very firmly in the way. Arriving in Mexico was amazing as I’d never been anywhere quite like it but I found the heat and humidity so uncomfortable.

“However, I was determined to make the most of it and we booked ourselves on to an excursion to a medieval place. When we got there I realised it would be a challenge as I weighed in at over 24 stone and the terrain was steep and difficult to walk around.”

He said it was “a real kick in the teeth” when his friends suggested that he used a mobility scooter.

“After two weeks back at home I ended up in hospital with an infected mosquito bite and got sepsis and cellulitis. I was really ill from that and the extra weight didn’t help” Chris said.

He was spurred on to lose the weight after his partner “point black” refused to travel abroad with him again.

“It was a bit of a wake up call and when I recovered I said to my partner that I wanted to visit my daughter who lived and worked in New York.

“She refused point blank!!

“She said she couldn’t go through another airport and plane experience and said I had to lose weight if I wanted her to go with me.

“That was the shock I really needed and I went online to look up my nearest WW workshop. I found one in Saltash and signed up immediately.”

Chris said his coach, Gemma Medlicott has been “brilliant” in explaining the programme and he was able to understand the smart points system, which has now helped him lose more than six stone.

He said: “Basically, I was given a daily budget of smart points and every food had a value. It was up to me to balance my budget which I did and in a short space of time, I lost two stone and went to New York with my partner to visit my daughter.

“I could walk around and thought, this is brilliant.

“I love bread and before joining WW would have three or four slices of thick white bread with lashings of butter and marmalade for breakfast, a big sandwich for lunch and a huge dinner. I now start the day with fruit and yoghurt; at lunchtime I have two slices of granary bread with a boiled egg and salad; dinner is stir fry veg with left over roast meat.

“I eat a lot of salad and am never hungry!

“I don’t deny myself anything and have realised you have to have a bit of what you fancy otherwise you don’t stick to it.

“I always make sure I have enough smart points for a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and two glasses of scotch for later in the evening! I even track those in the morning so I know how many points I have left for the rest of the day.”

Chris said his partner is “delighted” by his transformation as now he can walk around, which was one of his “biggest struggles” before.

Read more of Chris' story here.

Matt Opie



Matt Opie has lost more than 4st

Three years ago, Matt Opie was taking around eight pills a day, taking bloods up to three times a day and having horrendous side effects.

He was suffering from dizzy spells, tingly feet and lips and finding himself getting up to go to the loo up to to TWELVE times a night.

The now 38-year-old said he was “shocked” to hear of the Type 2 diabetes diagnosis and did not even know how it was caused before visiting the doctor.

Now, the dad of one has found his life has “completely changed” after joining Slimming World and losing over 4st.

By December 2017, just four months after joining the weight loss group, Matt said he “completely different” in himself and visited his GP.

After a blood test, he was told that he had actually “reversed” his diabetes.

Matt, from Devonport, said: “When I was given the Type 2 diagnosis, I was a little shocked. I didn't even know how you got diabetes when I was told I had it.

“I had to take eight tablets a day. I has to test my blood some days two to three times a day.

“I would get up and straight away had to take four tablets and test my blood.

“It was quite a hard thing to manage having to do every day life as well as that.”



Matt and Naomi Opie after their weight loss

Matt lost the weight alongside wife Naomi and the pair reached the semi-finals of the Slimming World Couple of the Year 2019 competition along with only 17 other couples from across the UK and Ireland.

Matt said that he feels he contracted Type 2 diabetes due to “eating junk food” and admitted he would eat takeaways up to five times a week.

He said: “It was more the point that it was because I was eating junk food because it was easy. The easiest thing after a long day was to go to a takeaway.”

After four months of cleaning up his diet and introducing vegetables and fruit and home-cooking, he began to feel that he didn't need to take medication.

He said: “After a while, I felt at ease and stopped taking my medication. In December I was told I had reversed it. It means I can keep an eye on my son, rather than having to do my bloods.

“I don't get any dizzy spells, it's changed my life. It's the best thing I ever did. We still eat unhealthy food, but now we have it with healthy food too.”

You can read Matt and Naomi's full story, here.

Shaun Sandell



Shaun lost an epic 4st in lockdown

Shaun Sandell said he felt “ashamed and embarrassed” of how he looked after struggling with his weight for the last 13 years when he went to university.

At the beginning of the lockdown, the 32-year-old weighed 19st 10lbs and had a BMI of 37.8 and after seeing “countless news articles about how excess weight can lead to complications in the event of contracting coronavirus”, he knew it was time to improve his health.

“I have a young family, a one-year-old and a four-year-old,” he said.

“I became increasingly concerned about the impact that it may have on all of our lives.

“I was ashamed and embarrassed, but always put on a brave face and a bucket load of bravado. But in all honesty I was always very conscious of my size.”

Shaun, from Southway, said he also enjoys holidaying with his family in Florida and did not want to worry about weight restrictions.

He said: “We love to holiday in Florida, and there are some rides where restraints can sometimes feel a little 'close'.

“I want to continue enjoying these.”



Shaun Sandell said he felt “ashamed and embarrassed” of how he looked after struggling with his weight for the last 13 years when he went to university

When deciding to lose weight, Shaun called on his wife who has a degree in nutrition.

He said: “I made the decision to finally do something about my weight, but chose not to go down the Weight Watchers, Slimming World route and went solo.

“Well, my wife has a degree in nutrition, so she gave me some vital pointers. In a time where much of our liberties and privileges became much more restrictive, I made the decision to become much more active.

“I set myself a challenge of walking every day. I would walk seven to eight miles, pushing my youngest in the pushchair. I also started running, trying to hit 5 miles on a daily basis.

“Surprisingly, I found it remarkably easy and I completely changed my diet.”

Shaun said he completely cut out chips and potatoes which he was eating with every meal and limited his bread intake to one or two slices maximum per week.

“The running and walking soon got easier and all of a sudden clothes started to become too big,” he said.

“Now we find ourselves 13 weeks on from the start of lockdown and I now weigh 15st 9lbs, having hit 4 stone in weight loss in just 13 weeks.”

Shaun said he is “unbelievably proud” of losing the weight and now has a BMI of 29.8.

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Charlotte Kelly



Charlotte Kelly is now a WW consultant

Ten years ago Charlotte Kelly met the love of her life and jetted off on the trip of a lifetime travelling the world.

After spending a year together, experiencing new things and ticking off places from their bucket list, they decided they wanted to start a family.

The then 33-year-old suffered with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which “proved challenging” for the couple.

Throughout Charlotte's travels, she gained more weight and at her heaviest, weighed 17st 3lb.

Charlotte decided to sign up to a WW (Weight Watchers) group, in an attempt to lose weight to improve her fertility and lost just under three stone.

She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and hoped that the next time they tried to conceive, it would be the same, but instead Charlotte found herself “in an ever deepening black hole”.



Charlotte Kelly with her daughter

The pair “scrimped and saved, begged and borrowed” to self-fund three rounds of IVF.

She said: “It was nothing to do with the weight. It was my age. Unfortunately we were getting to the bottom of the barrel in eggs. The doctor told me I was too old and am running out of eggs.”

Charlotte made a promise to herself before the last round of IVF started, “in case of disappointment” – which prompted her to take on a new venture to keep herself busy.

She said: “I wanted to do something that I loved and was passionate about.

Charlotte was worried she would fail, but with some gentle reassurance from her sister and her coach, she filled in the form to become a consultant and has never looked back.

Charlotte's WW groups run at Redeemer Church on Monday evening's at 5.30pm, St Edward's Church Hall in Peverell on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm.

She also runs workshops in Liskeard at the Liskerrett Centre every Monday at 11am and 12.30pm and Polperro on Tuesday's at 11am.

Linda Kittle



Linda Kittle has lost more than 13 stone

Linda Kittle decided she needed to overhaul her diet for her health as when she ballooned to a size 24 she suffered from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

But after dropping NINE dress sizes, Linda says she doesn't suffer from the conditions and she has never felt better.

Weighing 21st 10lbs nine years ago, Linda started first started losing weight on her own by dieting and she managed to keep it off for around nine years, but she said she “got comfortable” and the weight slowly started to pile back on.

The 60-year-old was back at 15st 5lbs in January of 2018 and she was determined to improve her health and Linda joined the HonicknowleSlimming World group.

The slimming superstar was even awarded the “greatest loser” title and in just over a year and eight months, Linda has lost a whopping 7st 10lbs.

The mother of four said: “First I lost the weight on my own by just dieting and kept it off for nine years, but then I got comfortable and started slipping and went back to being big then I joined Slimming World and lost it again.

“I started at a size 24 and now I am a size four to six.

“When I was big I was a type 2 diabetic and had high blood pressure and now I have nothing I feel amazing.”

Read Linda's full story here.

Mandy Coles



Mandy Coles has lost a whopping 12.5 stone

Mandy Coles reached 24 stone at her heaviest weight but astonishingly she managed to shed the pounds and drop to an impressive 11.5 stone in just 14 months, after joining Slimming World.

Since losing the weight, Mandy's life has changed drastically and she is now helping others as a Slimming World consultant and whilst working with other slimmers, she has spotted a common problem with parents falling into the trap of weight gain.

Mandy believes there's a simple solution – taking time out – and now she is urging parents to take time for themselves to change their lives too.

She said she often meets parents who would just love to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, but they feel that their life as a busy parent is preventing them from making those changes.

Mandy explained that one of the greatest gifts she has gained as a result of her weight loss is the drive and physical ability to play with her six-year-old son.

She said: “Actually having the energy to be the mum I have always wanted to be is priceless and taking that time for me to go to group each week was worth every moment”.

Read Mandy's full story here.

Tracey Needham



Tracey Needham before and after her 7st loss

Many people who struggle with their weight dream of shedding the pounds, but often the hard part is keeping it off.

Dieters often find the pounds creeping back on once they have hit their target.

In January 2012, Tracey Needham weighed 19st and found her health and confidence suffering due to her weight, so she took the plunge and signed up to her first Slimming World class.

The mother-of-one lost a remarkable 7st in just under two years in November 2014 and today (2019), still remains the same weight.

She said: “I was nervous when I first walked through the door of my Slimming World group, but it was without doubt one of the best decisions I've ever made.

“My whole life is completely different. Before I lost weight I didn’t do any real exercise, Slimming World helped me to become much more active too and now I walk everywhere.”

Tracey said she was “determined” to keep the weight off.

She said: “My biggest challenge was my first year of being at target.

“I knew how to lose weight, but maintaining it is the scary part. Everyone says people gain weight back once they lose a significant amount, and I was determined to not let that happen to me.”

Read Tracey's story here.

Tanya Rawlings



Tanya Rawlings before and after her weight loss

Two years ago, Tanya Rawlings found herself struggling to walk and despising how she looked.

She gorged on crisps, sandwiches and would finish her children's leftovers – but would never eat a proper meal.

The 41-year-old became addicted to fizzy drinks and would drink a large amount of calories in a few minutes.

“I felt like a big, fat, gross person” the mother-of-five said.

She suffers from COPD and the extra weight was hindering her condition.

The tipping point came when she was unable to walk her youngest son to school as she struggled to breathe if she walked too far, which sometimes resulted in her having to be treated in hospital.



Tanya Rawlings now feels better than ever

But in June 2018, Tanya said enough was enough and was determined to shift the weight and joined the Honicknowle Slimming World group.

She has now gone from 17st to a slinky 11st 7lbs and said her whole life has improved.

But she doesn't just credit the weight loss group for improving her life, she believes she would not be here if she did not join the group.

Tanya said: “Six weeks ago I had an operation but it went wrong and I ended up with sepsis.

“If I didn’t go to Slimming World I don’t think I’d be here.

“I think if I was a lot more heavier like I used to be and I wasn’t as fit as I am now, I really don’t think I would be here now.

“It’s not just changed my life, it’s saved my life.”

Read Tanya's full story here.

Donna Williams



Donna Williams before and after her 4st 9lb weight loss

Donna Williams has struggled with her weight for years, trying diets and then binge-eating.

She used to joke to her friends that she was still battling with the baby weight – but the problem was the baby is now 44 years old.

The now 65-year-old vowed to honour her late father's memory and improve her health after watching him suffer during the last year of his life, which caused her to realise what impact being overweight can have on your health.

During lockdown, Donna has managed to lose 7lbs and in total, she is 4st 9lbs down, thanks to the help of WW.

In November 2018 Donna signed up to WW, having recently retired as a business manager at a primary school.

“I finally had time to devote to my own well-being and health,” she said.

Donna said she was greeted with a “warm welcome” by Jane Billson, who runs the Ivybridge group.

“I realised I been eating too much of the wrong things so made a few simple changes,” Donna said.



Donna Williams has lost 4st 9lbs

“I always used to skip breakfast which meant I was starving by lunchtime so I started the day with a big bowl of fruit and natural yoghurt.

“Instead of a pasty or sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, I chose salad, rice cakes and topped them with sliced chicken. All those foods are really low in points which left me lots for a lovely evening meal.

“I cooked everything from scratch using WW recipes and tweaking other recipes I’d been cooking for years. But instead of using fatty cuts of meat, I swapped to leaner ones and used lots of vegetables and herbs.

None of the taste was lost and I started to see the pounds melt away.”

Donna believes the WW programme “isn't just about food” and it encourages members to fit “more movement” into your day.

She said: “At my biggest, I could walk less than half a mile before I had to turn around and go home. Now, I pick up my son’s dog and clock up an average of 40 miles a week – I swear the dog’s legs are getting shorter as I walk him so far!!

“In my head, I still feel big so when I caught a glimpse of myself in a full length mirror the other day I had to take a second look. I posted a before and after picture of myself on our WW Facebook group.

“Seeing the two images next to each other made me realise how far I had come. Even my son couldn’t believe it as he sees me all the time and hadn’t noticed what a difference there was. I have lost 4st 9lbs so far and I can’t believe how much better I feel.”

Donna was apprehensive about losing weight when lockdown arrived, as face-to-face workshops were put on pause.

Read her story, here.

Pareasa Kingwell



Pareasa Kingwell

A mum who hated having her photograph taken is now feeling more confident than ever after losing an incredible four stone.

Pareasa Kingwell started her weight loss journey just under a year ago and has already seen a drastic improvement.

The mother-of-three first walked into Lorraine Wotton's WW (formerly Weight Watchers) class at the Unitarian Church in Notte Street, weighing 17 stone 12 pounds, after disliking how she looked in her holiday snaps.

Now, just 11 months later, Pareasa weighs 13 stone 11 pounds, and is more determined than ever to hit her targets.

The 38-year-old said: “I still have a long way to go, but doing WW has been the best thing, not just for me but my family too.

“It's so easy to follow and my children eat all the same food, so no need to cook separate meals for everyone.”

Pareasa said that at the time of starting her weight loss journey, she was having health difficulties and wanted to improve her fitness so we would be able to look after her children better.

Read her full story here.

Sophie Rice



Sophie Rice – Slimming World

A Plymouth woman has defied the odds and gone from being bed-bound and unable to speak to losing three dress sizes and running her own weightloss class.

Sophie Rice has overcome incredible obstacles to transform her body and mind with the help of Slimming World and has shared the secrets to her success with Plymouth Live.

But it certainly wasn't easy as after having suffered a massive seizure on September 9, 2017, Sophie was left unable to move or to speak.

She was taken to Derriford hospital, where the seizures continued, but no cause could be found. Sophie could no longer speak normally and needed 24-hour care.

Fortunately Sophie’s mother and brother stepped in to care for Sophie and her daughter, so she was allowed home from hospital.

The future seemed bleak with Sophie having seizures every day, housebound and confined to a wheelchair, not knowing whether she would ever recover.

Things took a turn for the better however, when in February 2018, an operation to relieve pressure in Sophie’s spine was a success. Sophie was delighted that her rehabilitation could start and she would be able to walk again.

Sophie’s happiness was marred however because during the time that Sophie had been housebound, she had gained weight and now hated the way she looked and had lost all of her confidence.

Over the next few months, with the help of the neuro-rehabilitation team, Sophie introduced body magic through walking as a way to build strength but also to have an overall healthier way of life.

With the help of speech therapy, Sophie’s speech improved, so she became able to join in conversations in the group.

After only 22 weeks of joining Slimming World, Sophie had reached her weight loss target of three stone and to top it off, was crowned the group’s Woman of the Year 2018.

She said: “I went from a size 18 to a size 12 and felt amazing in a bikini again. Slimming World has changed my life – I'm now able to cook again, family meals such as chicken and leek risotto and pitta pizza are still on the menu.

For Sophie's full story, click here.

Catherine Scawn



Cath's amazing transformation

A Plymouth mum was left so horrified by photographs of herself in her local newspaper that she shed a massive EIGHT stone.

Catherine Scawn bravely featured in the Plymouth Herald two years ago, to share how she had overcome a mental breakdown, but she was left shocked after she “hadn't realised how large she had become” until she saw the article.

At the time, the mum-of-three peaked at 19st 4lbs and wore a size 20 dress.

“It was no good overcoming one thing, to be at risk of dying from obesity,” Cath said.

“I had got to a stage where I didn’t like to be touched and couldn’t stand my reflection in the mirror.

“I needed to make a drastic change for my health, my children and my husband.”

he 42-year-old from Saltash, said she “made the decision to do something” about her weight having got her)mental health “back from the brink”.

Cath now weighs an incredible 11st 4lbs and can fit into a size 10.

The florist originally lost over 4st through using dietary supplements and weight management until she lost enough weight to qualify for surgery.



Catherine Scawn

Cath struggled to lose the weight in the set time-frame and get her BMI, which was previously 47, down to 30.

She was able to keep trying and decided to give a new meal replacement and nutritional supplements plan a try at 17st 10lbs.

Cath said before she began her weight loss journey, she used to eat a large breakfast and would “secretly eat” lunch and hide wrappers, then eat a large evening meal.

She would also finish what her children had left and would say it was OK because she “had not had lunch”.

“I did no exercise and didn’t drink enough and what I did drink was mostly carbonated soft drinks,” she said.

Cath has now cut out fizzy drinks, has a “sensible breakfast, light lunch, piece of fruit and a small evening meal”, along with plenty of water.

She also alternates between her meal replacement plan, which is a herbal tea before breakfast, replacement meal shake for breakfast, fruit, meal replacement shake for lunch, protein bar mid afternoon and a sensible evening meal, with lots of water throughout the day.

Cath said: “Both have enabled me to lose more weight; in total I’ve now lost 8st and I am currently at 11st 4lbs and size 10-12 and no longer feel I have to cut the labels out of my clothes to hide my size.”

Read Cath's full story, here.

Lauren Fidler




A young woman from Plymouth looks almost unrecognisable after losing a whopping SEVEN stone.

Lauren Fidler joined Slimming World in April 2017 after joining Peverell group and has now been nominated for the Young Slimmer of the year 2019 award.

The 21-year-old has revealed that the reason she thinks she has dropped from 17st 11.5lbs to 11st 1lbs is due to 'free food' allowing her to feel full.

Lauren joined the weight-loss group as she hated how she looked and felt “isolated” because of her weight, which also meant that she suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Her CFS “is currently in remission” thanks to her new healthy weight and life-style.

Lauren joined Slimming World and lost almost a stone in her first month and she was still able to eat some of her favourite foods and never felt hungry.

She thanks the staff and members at her group for changing her life and earlier this year she was able to graduate feeling confident and content.

Lauren went from a size 20 to a size eight and has since been horse riding and ran the Plymouth 10k, something she could only have dreamt of beforehand.

Lauren is now hoping to help others in the same way she was helped and opened her own Slimming World group in Mount Gould on November 11.

The group is held at Mount Gould Methodist Church every Monday at 5.30pm.

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Paul Eccles



Paul has lost 16lbs during lockdown

The pandemic has not stopped Paul Eccles from losing 16lbs in lockdown, staying focused on his weight loss journey whilst he has been furloughed from his job.

The 53-year-old originally joined the Ivybridge WW (Weight Watchers) group in 2013, but after leaving, he gained the weight he had previously lost and felt “annoyed”.

Paul rejoined in February last year and has had an epic weight loss during the lockdown, which has “helped regain focus”.

“I'm proud of the weight loss I have achieved so far”, he said.

“I crave less and portion better, I have a better understanding of what works for me and what doesn't.”

In total, Paul has lost just over two stone and hopes to lose around another two stone.

Before, on a typical day Paul would eat “too many carbs”, including potatoes, pasta, bread and rice and now he has swapped that for low carbs, lean food and replacing potatoes, pasta and rice with vegetables.

Paul said the “main challenge” lockdown has brought is to “not let lack of regular work routine” ruin his hard work to lose weight.

“To combat this I have set myself routines that include getting up at my usual time, getting dressed and doing housework at specific times”, Paul said.

Being on furlough means he has been able to make the most of his time, exercising outside as much as he can and cooking meals from scratch.

Paul believes that anyone losing weight should “not be too hard on themselves”.

He said: “Not everyone can get out and exercise and we all react differently to stressful situations. If you have a bad day, reset the following day.

“Don't throw the whole week away by saying I'll start again next week.”

He added: “Attend virtual meetings, seeing familiar faces and hearing those voices bring a touch of normality.

“There are great tips and inspirations to be had at the virtual meetings, along with the Facebook group and app.”

Read Paul's full story, here.

Louise Ings



Louise started her journey weighing 24 stone four pounds

As she stepped on the scales for the first-time in a long-time, 24-stone and four pounds flashed up at her.

Seeing the number on the scales was an “awful feeling” for Louise Ings, but she was determined to shed the weight for her health and a better family life.

The 48-year-old credits her weight loss to WW (formally known as Weight Watchers), which has helped her lose a whopping 12 stone in just 18-months.

Louise has gone from a size 30 to a slinky size 14 and has never felt better.

Karen O'Sullivan




Ever since Karen O'Sullivan was a teenager, she had been overweight, reaching 19st at her heaviest.

The mother-of-three said she remembers feeling “ashamed” of her health problems and there were occasions, such as a family holiday to Disney Floria, when she was not able to join in with her family on theme park rides.

Karen managed to settle her weight at around 14st, but later suffered a pulmonary embolism, where a blood vessel in the lungs is blocked by a blood clot, which can be caused by obesity and can have fatal consequences.

“I nearly died so young because of a selfish lifestyle, when I have three sons and a beautiful granddaughter to live for”, Karen said.

They key worker is now sharing her weight loss journey to inspire others to stay on track on their own journey during the coronavirus lockdown.

Karen, 43, is isolating alone due to her job, which has brought new challenges, as she gets a lot of support from her children and her sister, who joined WW with her in August last year.

Karen has now lost just under 5st and is aiming to shed more pounds in the coming months.




She said: “I was very lucky to survive. My lovely sister wanted to lose weight and suggested WW so we joined together.

“My sister is my hero, she supports me through everything and we both wanted to lose weight so doing this with her was the encouragement I needed.”

When Karen joined the group, she weighed 17st 0.5lb and now has lost a whopping 4st 11lb.

“I have been big for my entire adult life and almost all of my childhood”, she said.

Karen is now enjoying exercising and said she can even “run a little”, something she has “never been able to do”.

She has also been able to buy clothes “in any shop” now, which has given her the confidence to try new things.

Karen said the thing she “wanted most” was to make her family proud and be able to play with her granddaughter without becoming out of breath.

She said: “My sons are proud of me and that’s what I wanted most.

“They’ve missed a childhood of being active with me and even though they are grown, I can do things with them and do stuff with my granddaughter that I missed out on with them.

“She has just learned to ride a bike, so I want to buy one and go cycling with her when lockdown passes.”

Karen said she can now eat whatever she wants thanks to the WW plan.




She said: “Before, I never ate breakfast, I’d typically have a calorific meal deal that I’d grab during work and dinner would be a takeaway or something fast after a long day at work. Then I’d graze on junk food in the evening.

“Now I’ll start the day with fruit, cereal or poached eggs. Lunch is often a chicken salad or sandwiches made with thins and yogurt.

“Dinner is always cooked from scratch and I make sure it’s varied to stop myself getting bored.

“There’s always something new to try from WW app. I replaced wheat pasta with lentil pasta, rice for cauliflower rice and potatoes for carrot and swede mash or roasted parsnips.

“I use a WW air fryer to cook most things so food tastes great for a fraction of the calories.”

Karen said to keep on track during lockdown she pre-plans what she will eat during a day, which has helped her remain focused.

She suggests anyone struggling tries using a “snack box” to keep on track.

She said: “My coach suggested a pre-pointed snack box. Put all of your goodies in a box at the start of the day and that feels indulgent without overdoing it.

“Once the snacks are gone, they’re gone! Support is still at hand so use it! My coach is brilliant, very inspiring and relatable.”

Read Karen O'Sullivan's full story, here.

Rebecca Hele



Bex before her weight loss

A Plymouth woman says that Slimming World has changed her life and helped her deal with the death of her young child.

In 2013, Rebecca Hele had lost her confidence, was unhappy with her weight and was trying for a baby without success.

But 11 months after that, things couldn’t have been any more different for the then 30-year-old.

Bex joined Slimming World to support her mother, but soon found that weight was dropping off her. She was still eating plenty of her favourite foods but a more balanced diet and some understanding about food saw a body transformation she wasn’t expecting.



Bex after her weight loss

In just 11 months Bex lost three-and-a-half stone and in the same week that she discovered that she had reached her target weight, Bex found out that she was pregnant with her first child.

Sadly her second child, Jack, was born with a rare heart condition and passed away at just nine days old.

Bex continued to attend meetings where she found great comfort and support and is now helping and supporting others as she has trained as a consultant.

Read her full story here.

Have you lost weight during lockdown or have an inspirational story to share? Get in touch here.




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