Diane gets life on track

Slim­mer is reap­ing the benefits

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Kenny Smith

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

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