A big step in the right di­rec­tion

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Shirley Bar­tynek

Th­ese su­per slim­mers stepped up to a char­ity chal­lenge by rais­ing £1400 for Can­cer Re­search UK.

The 80-strong team from Hamil­ton, Both­well, Blan­tyre and Ud­dingston took part in a spon­sored 6km walk around the loch at Strath­clyde Park.

Slim­ming World’s Walk All Over Can­cer cam­paign chal­lenges mem­bers to raise vi­tal funds that will be used to help find a cure for can­cer.

And many of them would not have man­aged the dis­tance be­fore set­ting off on their per­sonal weight-loss jour­neys.

Sadie Mur­ray, who at­tends the Both­well Wed­nes­day evening group, has lost 6st 1lbs since join­ing in Au­gust 2015.

She man­aged the dis­tance even though she reck­oned that she ‘couldn’t run for a bus’ be­fore los­ing weight.

Sadie said: “Be­fore I lost the weight, an event like this would have felt com­pletely out of reach.

“I barely had the en­ergy to go about my day, let alone go for a walk and at times I felt trapped inside my body.

“I would never have thought I could do some­thing like this.

“Slim­ming World helped me break free from the shack­les I felt were hold­ing me back from liv­ing the life I dreamed of.

“From the moment I walked through the door of my group ev­ery­thing changed.

“I was wel­comed so warmly and in­stantly made to feel like I was worth some­thing again. Ev­ery­one in that room be­came a friend in sec­onds, and they still are.

“We are all there for the same rea­son – to lose weight and to help and sup­port each other to do the same.

“As the weight came off I found I had so much more en­ergy. The eat­ing plan means I can fill up on lots of tasty ev­ery­day food. I never feel hun­gry or de­prived and I can still treat my­self ev­ery now and then too.

“In our group we started talk­ing about easy ways to fit steps into our ev­ery­day lives and I soon re­alised how much more I could be walk­ing with­out much more ef­fort.

“Walk­ing with friends, tak­ing the stairs in­stead of the lift – I soon found easy ways to fit in more steps and build up my ac­tiv­ity lev­els at a pace that suited me.”

Weight loss con­sul­tant Lynn Baird, who runs the Both­well Slim­ming World group, added: “We had chal­leng­ing wet weather con­di­tions for our walk, and in true Slim­ming World-style our mem­bers, their friends and fam­i­lies were out in force to sup­port each other.

“They showed just what can be done when we come to­gether – both in terms of achiev­ing some­thing amaz­ing and rais­ing money for a great cause too.

“I’m so proud of all of my mem­bers, in­clud­ing Sadie, who set them­selves the chal­lenge of walk­ing more and ab­so­lutely smashed it.”

Su­per slim­mer­s­the team raised over £1400 for Can­cer Re­search UK

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