Super slimmers Paula Sartain and her daughter Cheree, who between them have lost an amazing 10st 10lbs, have plenty to celebrate as 2013 draws to a close.
The determined pair, of Kensington Walk, Corby, have transformed their lives, improved their health and given their confidence a massive boost.
They joined the Slimming World group, which meets at the Church of the Epiphany in Elizabeth Street, on January 10 and since then they have never looked back.
Paula, 46, suffers from type 2 diabetes, which is caused by obesity, and started the year having two insulin injections a day. Since June she no longer needs the injections.
Along with Cheree, 24, a teaching assistant at Corby Primary Academy, the pair now have a healthier lifestyle which includes enjoying zumba, kettle bells and boxercise sessions.
Paula, who now weighs 12st 6lbs after losing 4st 12 lbs, said: “It all started when Cheree went on holiday to Turkey and couldn’t get the seatbelt on the plane done up. She was so embarrassed because she had to ask for an extension.
“I had lost a bit of weight and so we decided to join Slimming World together in January. We didn’t really have great expectations and thought we would lose a few pounds and that would be it.
“We were surprised how easy it was and we never felt deprived. Added to that, we had the support of the other group members and group consultant Sonia Mathieson who was amazing and was always there to give us support and encouragement.”
Cheree, who weighs 13st 2lbs after losing 5st 12lbs, now enjoys wearing fashionable jeans and mum Paula has a whole new wardrobe of flattering dresses.
Sonia, who runs the slimming group, which meets at 5.30pm and 7.30pm every Thursday, said: “Both Paula and Cheree are amazing and are always willing to support other members who need inspiration. They have completely changed their lives and I am incredibly proud of them.”
Paula, who has been supported by husband David and son Marc. 26, who have also both lost some weight, said: “Before I lost weight I worried about my health and Cheree’s health. Now we are both healthier and have confidence. It’s been a real lifestyle change for both of us and an incredible year.
A daily routine is the key to Paula’s success
A typical day for Paula starts with two Weetabix and skimmed milk for breakfast, a jacket potato with beans at lunchtime and a hearty dinner of chicken and vegetables.
She said: “You don’t have to count calories and you can have as much free foods, such as fruit and vegetables and meat with the fat taken off, as you like. The eating plan means we could have so many “syns” a day, so mine might be a couple of biscuits or a packet of crisps.
“Cheree is a chocoholic, so she keeps a box in the fridge as her syns. You can also enjoy a glass of wine.
“There are restrictions to the amount of dairy foods you can eat but we have never really struggled with the plan.”