Su­per slim­mer loses 17 STONE

46-YEAR-OLD SHEDS HALF HER BODY­WEIGHT IN TWO YEARS AFTER FIND­ING IT HARD TO KEEP UP WITH SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By DIANNE APEN-SADLER news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

A MUM lost more than HALF her body weight so she could keep up with her young son.

Two years ago 46-year-old Mandy Fraser from Old­ham weighed 28-anda-half stone and was suf­fer­ing from health prob­lems, all made worse by her weight.

She de­cided to lose weight after hav­ing her third son Dwight in 2011 and re­al­is­ing her ex­cess weight was mak­ing her too tired to play with him.

Mandy, from Moor­side, dropped 17 stone in just two years to give her son the child­hood he de­served.

She said: “I’ve got a 27-year-old and a 24-year-old and I was al­ways big, but I had an­other child so I lost weight to be able to do things with him.

“As you get older you get tired, and I couldn’t do any­thing with him, and you just think enough is enough. I was al­ways tired so I didn’t feel like I was giv­ing him the child­hood he de­served.”

After reach­ing a size 32 Mandy de­cided to take the plunge and joined Weight Watch­ers. Now she goes to the gym five times a week for at least an hour and has shrunk to a size 10-12.

Mandy added: “I’ve never been a choco­late per­son. I’m mainly into savoury things like sausage rolls and crisps. With Weight Watch­ers, you know when you’ve had your points so you con­trol your por­tions so you can eat more.”

Mandy also has ses­sions with her per­sonal trainer, Danny Davis, twice a week at the Elite Fit­ness gym in Shaw.

She said: “I’m quite shy and I didn’t want to go to the gym and be the fat­test per­son there. I only joined this April after los­ing a bit of weight and I got a per­sonal trainer and we did ses­sions in a pri­vate stu­dio.”

Now that she’s reached her goal weight, Mandy says she’s able to spend more time play­ing with her six-year-old son and is far more ac­tive than be­fore.

Mandy added: “We do a lot more things to­gether now. We have a lot more en­ergy and a lot more fun. When we went out pre­vi­ously I’d be wor­ried about get­ting out the car. I was quite ner­vous about my weight and my hus­band is quite fit so it was just me that was over­weight.”

Even her GP is happy with the changes she’s made, now be­liev­ing that Mandy is at the ideal weight for her height and age.

Mandy Fraser at her wed­ding in Novem­ber 2007

Mandy now

Mandy and son Dwight

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