Woman who was overweight for more than 15 years sheds seven stone in 88 weeks

17:28 12 November 2012



A WOMAN who was overweight for more than 15 years has shed an impressive seven stone in 88 weeks.

Mandy Ward from Tydd St Giles suffered from severe back pain and low self-esteem but she has turned her life around after joining a slimming group.

The building society manager is thrilled with her dramatic transformation.

She said: “Customers and colleagues have noted I look 20 years younger and are astounded at my willpower.”

Mandy tried dieting in the past but could not prevent herself from getting to the point where she was unable to buy clothes from regular High Street shops.

An embarassing incident on an aeroplane was the catalyst for her lifestyle change.

She said: “After failing to stick to a diet at home facing the humiliation of getting on an aeroplane to find the seatbelt wasn’t long enough proved too much to bear.

“My mother in law urged me to give Slimming World a go and I listened.”

Mandy is thankful to her slimming group for the support she has received since becoming a member in February 2011. She said: “I received a friendly welcome and I like that the group is never judgmental if you’ve had a bad week.

They are all really supportive.”

Mandy is still able to enjoy her food and often treats herself to a full english breakfast.

She said: “I enjoy a cooked breakfast most mornings... Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, beans, toast and orange juice!

“I can still eat out by making healthy choices or allow myself a bit extra if I need it.”

Vanessa Read, Mandy’s consultant at Leverington Slimming World, paid tribute to her star pupil.

She said: “Mandy is a hugely inspirational member of the group,

“We are all very proud of her determination to get to the target.”


More news stories

Yesterday, 12:25
Lewis Parker is recovering after a scooter accident at the skateboard bowl in West End Park, March

Schoolboy Lewis Parker was left unconscious and with a suspected fractured cheekbone after coming a ‘cropper’ at a concrete skateboard bowl in a March park.

Yesterday, 16:45
Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis, who lives near Peterborough, has had his touring caravan stolen in Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday, 09:09
Anglia In Bloom

Housing experts have identified Chatteris as one of the country’s most attractive towns – outside of London- for anyone wanting to ‘buy to let’.

Yesterday, 16:33
New Road Primary School pupils with their contributions for local food bank

Whittlesey pupils celebrated harvest festival with a whole school assembly with each class playing an important part with songs, poems and prayers.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition