Diane gets life on track
Slimmer is reaping the benefits
A Cathkin woman has started on the road to improving her life, after losing 10 per cent of her body weight.
Diane Hughes, who attends Lynda Kadegis’ Weight Watchers class in King’s Park, is a single mother of four and always struggled with her weight - until now.
After years of yo yo-ing with her weight, she made the commitment to join a class, and is now reaping the rewards.
Diane said: “I’ve always had an issue with weight since my teens - just eating all the wrong things, I guess, then later it was comfort eating. Deep down, I think my weight has always affected me and got me down but I just didn’t have the will power to stick to a diet. It’s not that they didnt work, I just didn’t stick at them.
“I tried several diets in the past - I would stick them for so long and then I would have a bad day and then would just give up. I’ve always been an emotional eater too and if I was upset I would always turn to food! Then I would get upset because I had blown my diet and eat some more. It was a vicious circle.
“After several personal issues, I hit rock bottom and I piled on a lot of weight in a short period of time - I got to the heaviest I had ever been. Having four kids and living on benefits, I decided to try to diet on my own. I had Weight Watchers books from years ago and decided to give it a go.
“I managed to lose two stone on my own but I became complacent because I was weighing myself and not having the humiliation of someone else doing it. “
Having decided to put herself under pressure to get the results she wanted, Diane signed up with a local club.
She explained: “After talking to a friend who attended Lynda Kadegis’ class in King’s Park, I decided to join the group. Lynda needed someone to help serve teas and coffees so I made the committment to attend every week. I don’t like letting anyone down so I knew by serving teas I would commit to attending every week. This also encouraged me to make sure I lost weight as I would be mortified if I gained weight.
“At my first meeting I was extremely nervous, walking through the door is always the hardest part. I already knew Lynda from years ago so I guess it wasnt as intimidating as I initially thought it would be and my friend was also there. I already knew roughly what I weighed so it wasn’t a shock, just embarrasing knowing that someone else knew now too. After the meeting I was partly glad it was over but mostly felt very proud of myself and glad I had made the committment. I was looking forward to my first week on the plan.
“Weight Watchers is the best way to go for me as you eat ‘normal’ food. I don’t find the pro pointing system complicated at all. I eat what I want to eat, and can eat out if I want and fit it into the plan. I eat crisps every day and make cake for my weekly meeting for after weigh in.”
Diane finds extra motivation in the little awards handed out at the club.
She explained: “Getting that first silver seven award was a great feeling - I like my stickers! I always used to think about the bigger picture of how much weight I have to lose to get to goal, but now I aim for my next silver seven. I know I will get to that bigger picture eventually, but thinking about my next silver seven makes me feel happy about my weight lost so far, instead of how far I still have to go.
“I have recently received my 10 per cent award. I was ridiculously excited when Igot this award and I told everyone I knew!
“Attending the meeting helps more than anything. I would hate to stand on those scales and be told I had gained so it keeps me motivated. Lynda is an amazing leader and is always on the other end of the phone if needed. It also helps that it’s a great wee meeting. I used to just go to meetings and sit and talk to no one, but I feel so much happier now, chatting with people and being involved.”
Lynda added: “She is doing so well. At last week’s meeting she got her 10 per cent certificate, meaning she has lost 10 per cent of her orginal body weight. Diane has made some fab changes with her food, routine and activity.
“I am very proud of her, and have no doubts she will keep at it till goal.”
Diane concluded: “I need and want to lose weight for so many reasons. I look forward to wearing nicer clothes and not covering up in baggy clothes in the summer.
“I want to have the energy to run around and play with my kids.
“I have a long way to go but I know my goals are achievable with the support of Lynda.”
Diane has lost 10 per cent of her weight