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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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How Cumbrian motorbike fan lost half her body weight

Motorbike enthusiast Kath Goodwin is literally half the woman she once was after shedding 69 inches of fat – going from a size 18 to 8.

The mum has just won a regional slimming award and will go forward to the national finals in London next month.

Kath, 49, was verging on morbidly obese when she joined Curves fitness club in April 2011.

She combined the regular exercise routine with an eating plan from her local Slimming World club, and has transformed her life.

In just over 12 months she has lost over four stones in weight, 69 inches and 12 per cent of her body fat. Her BMI (Body Mass Index) has also dropped from 33 to a healthy 23.

“I’ve never been big-boned. I’ve always been a size eight or a 10,” said Kath, of John Street, Workington, who is mum to 17-year-old Courtney.

“I put it on over a few years so I didn’t really notice it. All of a sudden I realised that even size 16 clothes were really tight on me – I should have moved up to an 18 but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

“It really hit me. I was walking up and down stairs and could feel the extra weight on my knees. I was getting bigger and bigger and couldn’t walk far. I thought I have to do something about this or I’m in line for a heart attack.”

Kath, who attends bike rallies across the UK, weighed 14 stones and two pounds when she joined the Curves women-only gym in Clay Flatts in Workington.

But thanks to three weekly sessions, combining a regular workout with Zumba fitness, and her Slimming World eating plan she was able to take back control of her figure.

She decided to cut out all the unhealthy snacks she used to love. And it all proved worth it when she reached her 10 stone target weight. She is now continuing to exercise and eat healthily to maintain that goal.

It was Samantha Ward, who runs Workington Curves, who entered Kath in the Curvette of the Year competition.

Judges were so impressed with her efforts that they named her as the regional winner. She will now represent the north of England in the national final.

“I could see the weight creeping on. Before I knew it I would’ve hit 15 stones. It was just ridiculous,” she said.

“Now when I look back at my fat pictures I can’t believe I let it get that far. I feel like a different person now.”

Kath will travel to London on September 14.

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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