A BURTON mum has used her children as motivation to lose weight – and has shed more than 100lbs.
Claire Annable weighed in at 17st 9 ½ lbs when she first joined a Weight Watchers group in Burton.
Two years later she had reached her goal of losing 86 ½ lbs and carried on to exceed her goal, losing a total of 100 ½ lbs and weighed 11st 3lb.
Mrs Annable said her children were her inspiration to lose the weight.
“I’d always been big at school and my size didn’t really bother me,” she told the Mail. “But one day, after we’d moved from a flat to a house, I was taking my little boy upstairs and just couldn’t do it and realised I was going to struggle with my kids.”
With her new found motivation, Mrs Annable began attending the Weight Watchers meetings with a friend, as well as managing her portion control and started exercising more to boost her weight gain after her first year.
She now regularly runs and even ran in the Great Birmingham Run, something she never thought she would do.
She added: “During my first year at Weight Watchers it was all about changing my eating habits - I was still concious of my size. But after a year I started running to step up the weight loss.
“I was never a runner at school – I wasn’t the athletic type. I played a few team sports like basketball because I was bigger.
“Running the Great Birmingham Run was one of my proudest moments.”
But she believes in still allowing herself to enjoy food
She said: “I think it’s all about what works for your body. Everyone’s different. It’s about knowing when to stop. Even now my weight goes up and down like everyone elses – I put on 3lb after a weekend away but I’m straight back on it and running now.”
Since reaching her goal Mrs Annable has taken up a position as a meeting leader herself, inspired by the support she received from her group meetings.
She said: “It’s one of the best things I have ever done. It’s an amazing feeling to watch everyone’s transformations.
“I tell my group if I can do it so anyone can, you just need the will power - it’s got to be something you want to do.”
Claire Annable’s group meet at Riverside Library, Burton, on Thursdays at 5.30pm.