A mum of twin toddlers and a woman who bounced back from a cyst on her brain have both been celebrating after winning awards for their incredible weight loss.
Jeanette Wheatley’s weight rocketed in 2014 after she was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst in her brain, which limited her movement.
But since joining Caistor Slimming World in January 2015, Jeanette has shed an impressive six-and-a-half stones - and has now been named as the group’s ‘greatest loser 2016’.
Becky Marriott, a mum to twin boys, joined the North Kelsey group when it opened its doors this January.
Already she has dropped one stone and nine pounds and won her group’s ‘greatest loser’ award.
Becky said: “I feel fantastic and can really feel the difference, feeling more active when running around with my boys.”
And Jeanette says losing weight has changed her life too.
She said: “I feel like a new woman since losing weight and getting to target at the end of January this year.
“In fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person.
“For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the biggest.
“I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now, I now even regularly attend the gym - I would never have even considered doing this a year ago.”
And Jeanette’s healthy diet has benefited her family too, with her son Jack losing two stones while supporting his mum.
Group leader Louise Steventon said: “The changes we’ve seen in Jeanette are incredible.
“I hope her success will inspire other people in Caistor and North kelsey and surrounding areas who’d like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and become happier and healthier to take action...you could feel like a completely new person just like Jeanette and Becky.”
Jeanette says she still enjoys all of her favourite meals but has learned how to make small changes like using lean meat or cooking with low calorie spray instead of oil or butter.
Jeanette said: “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad or obsessively counting every calorie you eat, but it’s not like that.
“I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’ – in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry.”