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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Couple shed seven stones to get to diet competition final

A Carlisle couple shed nearly seven stones and reached the finals of a national dieting competition.

Wayne and Diane Threlkeld, of Denton Holme, lost six stones 11.5lbs between them, after spurring each other on and sharing healthy meals.

Wayne, 39, went from 15st 4lbs to 11st 9.5lbs. He said losing weight together had “made a big difference”.

“We were able to spur each other on every week and we were eating the same meals,” he said.

“We eat so much healthier now, we make everything ourselves instead of relying on convenience foods and it tastes so much nicer.”

He said the couple were a lot more active since losing weight and enjoyed spending time on their allotment and walking the dogs with their grandchildren.

Diane, 44, said their weight had crept up over the years. She dropped three stones 3lbs to reach 10st 11lbs.

“Like most people, our weight gain was quite gradual,” she said.

“Before we knew it our clothes were tight and our weight was getting us both down.”

She said a friend recommended a weight loss group – Slimming World in Denton Holme – and they decided to “give it a go”.

“It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made, not just for us but for our whole family,” she added. “We’ve got a healthier future together to look forward to as a result.”

Fellow group members at the club voted them Carlisle’s Slimming World Couple 2014 and they went through to the national finals in Derbyshire earlier this month.

Lynda Stock, who runs the club, said she was very proud of them. “I hope that their story inspires lots of other couples to make a change,” she said.

The couple didn’t win the national finals, coming second to a couple who lost more than 10st.

“We were delighted to be part of the finals but, if we’re honest, we already feel like we’ve won the biggest prize we could ever have wished for.

“Losing weight has completely changed our lives,” Diane said.

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