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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbrian mum and daughter's amazing diet success

A mother and daughter have lost a staggering 17 stone in weight between them.

Jenny and Michelle Proudman say they are now different women after shedding the pounds and can enjoy many more activities than before.

Michelle was determined to lose weight after seeing unflattering photographs of herself and, with the help and support of her mum, Jenny, they joined the LighterLife Weight Management group in Whitehaven together.

When they started, 49-year-old Jenny weighed 19st 3lb and Michelle 18st 9lb but the pair have achieved amazing results with Jenny losing 8st 7lb and Michelle hitting her lowest weight of 9st 11lb.

And the mother and daughter, from Workington, say that they couldn’t have done it without each other’s support.

Michelle said: “We couldn’t have got through it without pushing each other every step of the way.

“We went out together a lot and it was so much easier when we were both sticking to the food packs.

“My mum started just before me on the programme. I thought if she could do it then so can I. We helped each other.”

Both women admit that they were sceptical about the programme at first – not believing that it was possible to lose weight on a meal replacement programme and still maintain a healthy lifestyle, but they soon changed their minds.

“A friend from my work lost 9st on the programme,”said Jenny. “I saw the weight just dropping off her and I was so envious but I couldn’t believe that it could be healthy. After a bit of research I found out that it was.

“Seeing the transformation of people on the programme really pushed both me and Michelle to join up.”

Jenny said they enjoyed trips to the Go Ape adventure forest – a far cry from when she was thrown off a fairground ride because of her weight.

“I wanted the world to swallow me up but now we go all the time and absolutely love it,”she said.

“Our aim was to go to Go Ape and swing from the trees without worrying that the ropes wouldn’t be able to take us – we went and had so much fun!”

Michelle said: “It’s not just the really energetic activities we can now do, it’s the little things as well. We can do things like go to gigs and not worry about people staring at us and go camping, but also little things like painting our own toe nails and checking the mirrors in the car – things we didn’t even realise were so difficult before.

“Both myself and my mum have become addicted to shopping.

“Obviously after losing the weight we had to buy a completely new wardrobe – it was amazing that we could now shop anywhere rather than being restricted to shopping online.

“We can now buy clothes that we like rather that those that we can find to fit us.

“I find myself walking past windows and looking at myself. I still can’t believe that’s me.”

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