A SUPER slimmer from a Whitchurch class is celebrating after watching her life go from “zilch to 200 per cent” by shedding nearly five and a half stones in just 37 weeks.
Barbara Lander, 52, from Woore, has gone from a dress size 22 to 12 with the help of friends, family and other members of Whitchurch’s Slimming World class in the Civic Centre.
She decided to act after a stark warning from her doctor, and despite some early misgivings, has thrown herself into losing weight and is delighted with the results.
“After a check-up at the doctor’s and being told I was obese and my blood pressure was still too high, I realised I really must do something about my weight," she said.
“The nurse at the surgery suggested I go along to Slimming World. To be honest, I wasn’t happy about the idea and believed group meetings weren’t really for me.
“My mum and sister had both joined Slimming World and are doing really well.
“Mum has lost two-and-a-half stone and my sister a stone-and-a-half.
“They reassured me it was easy to stick to the SW food optimising and the meetings were fun. With their encouragement I agreed to go along to get some help.”
Barbara, with her husband also encouraging her, joined in her first meeting on March 26 and has not looked back since.
And she thanked the level of support she receives at meetings.
She said: “I’m nearly at target and come to group every single week, knowing my weight is confidential, and knowing I’ve got the support I need to maintain my healthy weight once I’m at target.
“The extra easy plan is so flexible and easier than before. It’s a healthy way of eating that fits in with my lifestyle.
“Slimming World has completely changed my life but I really couldn’t have done it without the help of my mum and husband Malcolm, who encouraged me to go. I also love the fact that we cook one meal for my husband and I to enjoy. I can still treat myself to my favourite sweet and sour chicken without feeling guilty."
Tina Hayward, Barbara’s consultant, said: “I’m very proud of Barbara and so are her fellow members.
“She has blossomed into a more confident lady and each week she gives plenty of support to everyone.”
Anyone inspired by Barbara’s story can head to the Whitchurch Slimming World group, which runs every Thursday at 10am, midday, 5pm or 7pm at Whitchurch Civic Centre. For more information call Tina on 07894 225813 or visit www.slimmingworld.com