Maerwen Zinis, 65, from Brighouse, has lost a whopping seven stone.
Maerwen said: “I joined Slimming World as I needed a knee operation and the surgeon said at 18 stone 3lb, I would struggle to recover from such a major operation and referred me to Better Living in Calderdale, who gave me 12 weeks’ free membership to help me along my journey.
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“I joined my local Slimming World group in July 2019 in Brighouse on a Saturday morning. I knew I needed the help of group to support and encourage me all the way to my dream target weight.
“The consultant and the group were very welcoming and I knew from day one that I had a good chance to succeed with their help. I was blown away when I lost 9.5lb in my first week and words can’t describe how brilliant I felt. The books have some fabulous family favourite recipes which myself and my husband enjoy – the meals are so filling and delicious, I didn’t feel like I was on a diet at all.
“The Slimming World food optimising plan meant I could fill up on vast majority of free foods – normal every day foods like lean meat, fish, potatoes and vegetables – keeping high fat and sugary foods to a minimum, although no food is banned so you don’t feel deprived at all. Before joining I could only walk a short distance with the aid of a walking stick. Now I can walk up to four miles a day unaided.
“My family, Carol, my Slimming World consultant, and the group members have helped me achieve my goals and I can’t thank them enough. I couldn’t have done this without their help.”
Carol, who runs the Saturday morning group at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Brighouse, said: “I’m so proud of Maerwen and everything she has achieved. She is a massive inspiration in group, motoring all the way to her target weight, losing seven stone in just 15 months.”