The biggest Slimming World and Weight Watchers weight loss transformations of 2019


It’s the same every year – Christmas comes and delicious food is everywhere.

If you’ve had enough of Fat Santa’s, Christmas cake and Quality Street and are thinking about starting a healthy eating regime, or you just want to shed a few of the festive-pounds you put on, then look no further.

This list is filled with 28 individuals that are sure to give you some inspiration.

From wanting to lose weight for a sky-dive, to just wanting to be able to walk without getting out of breath, these fabulous slimmers have made weight loss look easy.

Scroll through the list of amazing transformations below.

If you have a weight loss story to share, get in touch via email at katie.timms@reachplc.com.

Tamsin Cole – 5st 7lb

Tamsin Cole

Tamsin Cole joined slimming world with her family in March 2018.

Tamsin has autism and when she first joined Slimming World she would sit on the floor in the back of the room with her family and wouldn’t speak to anyone.

Her consultant, Mandy Cole, said: “Tamsin had such low self esteem that she wouldn’t make eye contact and this went on for several months. As the months passed and Tamsin began losing weight it was a joy to watch her slowly, week-on-week raising her head and eventually finding the confidence to speak in group.

“Tamsin was nominated for Miss Slinky and I can remember worrying about her feeling worried about taking part but I needn’t have been worried.

“Tamsin was happy to participate and proudly marched to the front of the room to accept her award.”

She then went on to be nominated for Woman Of The Year 2019 and was successful in becoming a regional finalist.

Mandy added: “The transformation in Tamsin’s both physically and mentally is unrecognisable. Tamsin now sits proud in group every week and she has so much to say and share.

“Tamsin has lost a sensational 5st 7lbs and she truly is a different person. She is now passionate about sending the message to anyone suffering with learning difficulties or any form of autism that the Slimming World plan can help them to lose weight with plenty of support and resources to support additional needs.”

Rebecca Hele –  3st 5lbs

Bex lost three-and-a-half stone in 11 months

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.

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.

Lauren Fidler – 7st

Lauren Fidler has dropped from 17 stone 11.5lbs to 11 stone 1lb

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.

Read the full story here.

Sophie Rice – 3st

Sophie before and after her transformation

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.

Louise Ings – 12st


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.

Pareasa Kingwell – 4st 1lb

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.

Jeanette Murphy – 4st 7lb

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.

Charlotte Kelly – 3st 4lbs

Charlotte Kelly

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”.

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 – 13st


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.

Tanya Rawlings – 6st 7lbs


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.

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.

Sean Lyons – 3st


A kind-hearted Plymouth chef went on a mission to lose more than three stone so he could raise money for charity.

Sean Lyons was determined to help fundraise for the Mind mental health charity and take part in a group sky-dive, but he was told that he was too heavy to partake.

Sean was told that he would have to shed the pounds before he could sign up, and his mum then recommended that he joined Slimming World.

The 50-year-old, who works as a chef and night-porter at St Elizabeth’s House in Plympton, said he “has the daily temptation” of preparing and serving cooked breakfasts and luxury cream teas, but with the help of Slimming World he has managed to stay on the right path.

Sean said he “initially struggled to stay away from these temptaions” but with the support of his mum and the group, he slowly made the changes which helped him see amazing results.

He made small changes like swapping high sugar drinks to zero and sugar free drinks and still manages to “fully enjoy a juicy steak”.

He said: “It really is the small changes and the support and inspiration of the group, that helped me shed the pounds without feeling hungry, guilty or deprived.”

Sean said that he has “go to snacks”, like boiled eggs, ham and bacon with the fat removed, to help keep him feeling full and avoid the temptation whilst cooking at work.

In just nine months after joining Slimming World, Sean lost the required amount of weight to allow him to take part in the jump.

Read Sean’s full story here.

Mandy Coles – 12st


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 – 7st


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.

The Pridham’s – 15st

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

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.

A few years before, Chris had been best man at his nephew Gareth’s wedding.

Gareth had asked him to take on the role as his father, Chris’ brother had sadly passed away when he was only 60 years old.

Gareth and his wife Aimee had watched Chris’ transformation and were so impressed, they asked if they could come with him and join the same WW workshop.

They too found the flexibility and freedom the my WW programme offered them fantastic and a year later have lost nine stone between them which makes an astonishing difference of fifteen stone lost in total!

Read their full story here.

Philip Adams – 3st 7lbs


When Phillip Adams was given the earth-shattering news that his leukaemia had turned terminal, he knew he drastically needed to change his lifestyle.

Phil was determined to see his grandchildren grow up and spend many more years with the love of his life, Marceil.

Not only was Phil battling cancer, he weighed 16st 3lbs and had a multitude of other health problems, including Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, that were undoubtedly aggravated by his weight and causing him a considerable amount of pain.

Things became even more serious when the 62-year-old was told he needed hip replacement surgery, but he was too overweight to undergo the operation and needed to shed the pounds.

But resilient Phil has now lost 3st 7lbs in just under a year-and-a-half, with the help of Slimming World.

Phil has now been crowned Ernesettle’s ‘Man of the Year’, which could send him through to the semi-finals of the national Slimming World competition.

Phil said: “Deep down I’d been unhappy with my weight for some time but it took me a long time to face up to it. Then when I did admit to myself that I wanted to lose weight I still didn’t want to ask for help.

“I’ve realised that is far from being weak, asking for help takes strength of character. Getting support to make changes has given me a sense of confidence that is benefiting every aspect of my life.”

As the weight came off, Phil found he had more energy and his health took a huge turn around, now being able to do more than he had in years.

He was able to have his hip replacement surgery and has now started to enjoy a better quality of life.

You can read Phil’s full story, here.

Matt and Naomi Opie – 13st 4.5lbs


An inspirational couple from Plymouth are feeling on top of the world after losing 13st 4.5lbs combined – and narrowly missing out on winning a national Slimming World competition.

Naomi and Matt Opie slimmed down with the help of their local Slimming World group in Plymouth and reached the semi-finals of the organisation’s Couple of the Year 2019 competition along with only 17 other couples from across the UK and Ireland.

Naomi and Matt believe the secret of their success was getting support from one another at home as well as each week at their Slimming World group.

Naomi, 31, who slimmed from 18st to 8st 13lbs, says: “I knew that my weight was an issue and I was becoming more and more uncomfortable in my own skin, but I didn’t really know where to start when it came to losing weight.


“The lightbulb moment came when Matt told me he was unhappy with his weight too.

“We’d heard great things about Slimming World, and it seemed to be the perfect fit for us. We knew that we needed the encouragement of a group each week and that we’d support each other along the way too.”

Read their full story, here.

Katie Giddy-Pannell – 5st 2lbs


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.

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.

Tara Matthews – 5st 10lbs


After having two children in two years, Tara Matthews found herself “embarrassed” and “hiding from the camera” because she hated how she looked.

The 25-year-old had gone from weighing 8st to 14st and found herself conscious of her weight, referring to herself as “the fat friend of the group”.

Tara found herself eating “as much junk food as possible during and after” her pregnancies.

But the mother-of-two decided enough was enough when her youngest daughter, Kyah, turned three – because she could no longer use pregnancy as an excuse.

On New Year’s Day 2017, the mum, who grew up in Plympton, decided to cut out all junk food and alcohol.

Tara said: “By the end of 2016 I’d finally had enough of not fitting in my clothes and being the fat friend of the group.


“I was miserable, and my youngest daughter was now three so I couldn’t even blame it on baby weight anymore.

“After new year I cut out all junk food and alcohol, I downloaded an app to count the calories in food and I filled the kitchen with healthy food.”

She started to research healthy recipe and used Slimming World books for ideas so she could plan meals that also worked for her young family.

Instead of “drowning” food in oil and frying it, Tara started grilling meat and adding vegetables or salad to meals to keep herself full.

With her new lifestyle the weight started to drop off which kept her motivated.


By the summer of 2018, Tara had reached her lowest ever weight, but “felt that was too low” and worked on maintaining a healthy weight.

She said: “I’ve regained my confidence and am so much healthier. Looking back its embarrassing to see how much I’d let myself go and how bad my relationship with food had got, but I’m now proud to see how far I’ve come.”

Tara advises anyone who is wanting to lose weight to “have an item of clothing you want to be able to fit into and feel good in at the end of your journey”.

Read Tara’s full weight loss story, here.

Jenna Bell – 4st 12lbs


A mother-of-two from Saltash is now the cover girl of the Slimming World July 2019 issue after losing nearly five stone.

Hair and beauty salon owner, Jenna Bell, started her weight loss journey at 15st 7lbs, after she found herself “forcing” smiles when she was ‘making other women beautiful’, whilst unhappy with her own appearance.

When Jenna was at school, she represented Cornwall in cross-country running and never needed to watch what she was eating, but after she dropped sport, the weight began to pile on.

By the age of 19, she fell in love with her now fiancé, Adam, and began eating out, which resulted in Jenna feeling insecure about her weight.

Jenna said: “As I chatted away, cutting my client’s hair, I found myself forcing a smile – my job was to make people look beautiful, yet on the inside I felt anything but.

“There’s no avoiding mirrors when you work in a hair salon. But knowing I was at least 4st heavier than I wanted to be, I’d perfected the art of keeping my eyes away from my reflection and focusing purely on my clients.


“My smiles and lively banter hid an aching back and knees that were crying out to sit down.”

The 31-year-old now weighs 10st 9lbs and has now “fallen back in love with life”.

Once she joined Kelly Andrew’s group, which was also covered by Sophie Bennett, in Saltash, she started cooking from scratch and took pasta salads to work.

With the support of both Kelly and Sophie and other members of the group, Jenna was overjoyed to see her final target on the scales.

 


Jenna added: “Blinking back tears, I thought: ‘If they believe in me, I can believe in myself.’ I gave it 100 per cent that week and seeing my target weight of 10st 7lbs finally flash up on the scales was the best feeling in the world.

“I couldn’t stop myself from yelling, ‘I’ve done it!’. And as the other members hugged me and celebrated with me, I knew they, more than anyone else, knew just how much it meant.”

Jenna now runs her own group in at St Aidan’s Church, West Malling Avenue, Ernesettle, Plymouth, PL5 2SS, every Thursday at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Read Jenna’s full story, here.

Neil Fenton

A man who believed Slimming World was for women has changed his life and is now helping others.

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 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.

Lisa – 4st

Lisa attends Lesley Edghill’s group

Lisa joined Slimming World in January 2018 and within just five months, she hit her target shedding a whopping four stone.

Lisa said that the plan ensured that she never went hungry through food optimising three meals a day, drinking plenty of water and still having the odd takeaway.

She said that she couldn’t have done it without the support of her husband and the Crownhill Family Centre group.

Lesley Edghill, Lisa’s consultant, said: “What’s more Lisa is still a target member, attending group most weeks and keeping that weight off!”

Lesley runs groups at the Crownhill Family Centre on Monday at 9am and Elm Centre by Asda Tuesday 9.30am and 11.30am.

Kim Cole – 4st 5lb

Kim Cole

A grandmother of five has wowed everyone with her incredible determination and willpower.

Kim Cole joined Samantha Ball’s Slimming World group in September 2018 and has smashed her target of 4.5st.

The now 63-year-old said that she had been struggling with her weight for around 50 years, but she wasn’t officially classed as obese until she was in her 50s.

She said: “We had a sandwich bar for 10 years and it was too easy to snack on the pastries and not bother to cook healthy meals when I got home. 

“I had lost weight before but it always came back with more added on, I realise that I was dieting just so I could eat! 

“This is the first time I have felt that I can actually maintain this weight loss and I am looking forward to a healthy and young old age.”

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Paul- 5st 3lbs

Paul hit target in less than a year

In less than a year, Paul turned his life around by joining Slimming World.

He rocked up to the Ivybridge group and shed a whopping 5st 3.5lbs and is maintaining his weight by attending group.

His first goal was to lose the weight this year and his next goal is to run a 10k event next year, which he is now training for.

Gemma Hughes – 7st

Gemma Hughes looks remarkable after her 7st weight loss

A Plymouth mum who used to eat pasties and whole packs of biscuits has remarkably smashed her weight loss target and shed a whopping SEVEN stone in just over a year.

Gemma Hughes joined Slimming World in April 2018 and credits the weight loss group for helping her get her life back.

The mum-of-two said she used to “hide away from the world” because she didn’t want want to be seen.

But after putting in tremendous effort, Gemma now feels positive about her health and has a new-found confidence.

Starting at a size 24, Gemma followed the plan and stayed within her syns and tried to eat as much ‘speed food’ as she could, as well as walking at every opportunity.

She is now a size 10 and said she has “finally” changed her relationship with food and is now able to run around with her sons.

Read her full story here.

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Jemma Jones – 5st 4lbs

Jemma Jones

Jemma Jones has lost a whopping 5st 4lbs and has ‘completely turned her life around’ by joining Slimming World.

She joined Lauren Fidler’s group, who has been an inspiration to many members after losing more than half of her body weight.

Jemma said: “Well, I’ve turned my life completely around in the past 12 months, with al ot of determination I can honestly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

“A year ago I was a complete recluse and tried to hide myself under baggy clothes hoping not to be seen, now I can wear a figure hugging dress and feel fab.”

Do you have a weight loss story to share? Get in touch via email at katie.timms@reachplc.com.



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