A mum decided she needed to lose weight after seeing a holiday photo of herself in a big green T-shirt and jeans.
Sue Booth, a mum-of-two from Shepley, Huddersfield joined her local Slimming World group and lost an incredible five stones in just 12 months.
She dropped from 16 stones to 11 stone 4lbs and has kept the weight off.
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Now the super slimmer has been awarded the title of Diamond Member of the Year by Slimming World after setting a dazzling example of long-term weight loss.
The title is awarded to the group’s most inspirational team member.
Sue, who has four grandchildren and is now 62, joined the Shepley Slimming World group in January 2016 and lost 5st in one year.
Even more impressively, she’s kept the weight off ever since.
Sue, who works in customers services at Sainsbury’s in Huddersfield, decided to join Slimming World after seeing a holiday photo of herself in a green T-shirt which made her realise just how heavy she was.
Her efforts saw her drop from size 22/24 to 12/14.
She said: “Like most people, I’d tried to lose weight countless times counting calories and drinking shakes, yet nothing ever really seemed to stick.
“Slimming World was completely different because it was just so simple, there was no calorie counting and I could still enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals with my family while losing weight, which seemed like a miracle at the time!
“Previous weight-loss attempts left me feeling hungry – nowadays I probably eat more than ever.
“Slimming World isn’t a diet, it’s a way of life.
“With Slimming World the support that I needed was there right from day one, both from my consultant and the other members in the group.
Super slimmer Sue Booth from Shepley
“I picked up new ideas and recipes every week – I still do now, in fact – and I started to really believe that I could do it. And I did, because I’m still at my target weight.”
Sue began following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which encourages slimmers to fill up on healthy, satisfying foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat and fish so they lose weight without going hungry or feeling deprived.
Sue said: “With food optimizing there is so much choice and my husband (Garry) has the same meals as me as well.”
As the weight came off she decided to try increasing her activity levels.
Sue, who suffers from an underactive thyroid, began by going walking with her husband until being active was part of her routine.
Now she regularly walks even further than him which she believes has been important in helping her to maintain her weight loss.
Sue Booth from Shepley
After reaching her target weight in January 2017, Sue continued to attend the Shepley Slimming World group and believes without their unwavering support she would have struggled to keep the weight off.
Slimming World members who achieve their target, which they set themselves, can continue to attend their local group every week for free as long as they stay within 3lbs either side of their target weight.
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Sue added: “I’ve made so many friends that I can’t imagine not going to the group each week – it’s like my weekly night out with friends.
“Everyone inspired and supported me to achieve my target and now it’s my turn to do the same for other people, to show the same kindness, warmth and compassion that I was shown.
“Coming to group each week has kept me focused on my goal.”
Sue Booth from Shepley lost five stones – and has stayed slim
Jo Kain, who runs the Shepley Slimming World group, said: “At Slimming World we believe that losing weight and maintaining for the long term is the most under-recognised achievement in weight management – I’m so proud of Sue and the inspirational way in which she’s done this.
“It’s always great for new members to meet Sue and see just what’s possible at Slimming World.”
Dr Jacquie Lavin, Slimming world head of nutrition and scientific affairs, said: “At Slimming World, we want to help people lose weight and to maintain this weight loss in the long term – and this means offering a plan that’s easy to stick to and enjoyable, and is sustainable in the long term.
“Faddy diets may work in the short term by drastically cutting calorie intake, but a diet that isn’t practical – for instance, that needs endless monitoring or counting, leaves us feeling hungry or deprived of our favourite foods, or means we can’t eat in the same way as our friends and family – is going to be very difficult to keep up.”
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