08:59 Saturday 21 December 2013

Size 20 trousers was the 'final straw'

Written byHELEN KREFT

WEARING a pair of size 20 trousers was the final straw for Jo Gilmore, who has now lost four stone in just eight months and is setting up her own weight loss group.

The 36-year-old is now welcoming members to her new Slimming World group in Stapenhill on New Years Day after managing to change her life slimming from a size 20 to a size 12 and dropping further.

She said: “I have been a size 16 to 18 since I had my son, who is now seven.

“I had to get a new pair of trousers for work and they were a size 20 which was the final straw for me. It was just a horrible feeling and I hated myself.

“I have two children running around about, chasing after, and I was getting so out of breath, everything was a real effort and I was always tired.”

After the trouser incident in April, Mrs Gilmore, of Renshaw Drive, Newhall, then decided enough was enough and joined her local Slimming World class.

“It changes the way you eat, eating a lot healthier for both me and my family. I also like walking so I continued with that and I enrolled in the gym.

“Eventually you get hooked as you are losing a little bit of weight each week.”

So far, she has managed to lose four stone and four lbs – the equivalent of her seven-year-old son.

“It has improved my health absolutely no end and I am able to do so much more these days.

“Sometimes I still look to buy clothes which are size 16 or 18 until I stop and think. I still can’t believe it

“I can now fit in the bath. We have a narrow bath and I never had space. I can also go on the swings with my children and down the slides.”

“I also used to have migraines and have not had one since March.”

Her dieting hasn’t just affected Jo, but her husband Chris has also lost a few stone, and her healthier living means her children are no longer asking for crisps and chocolate, but yoghurts and fruit.

Jo will now be giving some of her secrets to others by launching her own class on New Years Day from 7.30pm, at Immanuel Church, in Hawthorn Crescent, Stapenhill.

She added: “My advice is don’t be afraid, believe in yourself to make a change.”

BEFORE

Breakfast: Sugary cereal and white toast with loads of butter and marmalade

Lunch: Sausage/fish finger sandwich with white bread and tomato sauce

Dinner: Ready meal, lasagne with oven chips and bread and butter

Snacks: biscuits, chocolate, crisps,

AFTER

Breakfast: fruit and yoghurt or scrambled egg, beans, tomatoes,

Lunch: pasta salad, cucumber, spinach, spring onion and chicken

Dinner: gammon grilled with all the fat removed. Egg cooked on fry light. Homemade chips made the slimming world way with fry light. Mushy peas.

Snacks: fruit, bananas grapes etc. crab sticks. Boiled eggs. Mikado sticks

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