Weigh to go for lo­cal con­sul­tant

Carol re­tires from Slim­ming World af­ter 32 years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

With Christ­mas and New Year now out of the way, thoughts will turn to shed­ding all that ex­cess weight we might have put on.

But for many Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang slim­mers, one fa­mil­iar face who will have helped them over the years will be miss­ing.

Carol Downes has been a Slim­ming World con­sul­tant in the town for 32 years.

But just be­fore the end of the year, she re­tired hav­ing helped hun­dreds of res­i­dents shed thou­sands of stone over the decades.

Carol, who turns 65 this month, is now look­ing for­ward to con­cen­trat­ing on her other loves in life, such as golf and trav­el­ling.

She will leave be­hind a re­mark­able legacy of help­ing peo­ple stay healthy and feel bet­ter about them­selves.

Carol, of Jed­burgh Av­enue, told the Re­former: “I have seen hun­dreds of peo­ple over the years get to their tar­get weight.

“They re­ally do get a new lease of life and be­come more con­fi­dent. “I have loved it.” Carol had worked as a sec­re­tary be­fore go­ing into Slim­ming World con­sul­tancy. A tal­ented singer, she even per­formed for the Queen of Den­mark with her choir.

Look­ing back on when she started, Carol said: “I had been on ev­ery diet un­der the sun.

“Way back then they were ad­ver­tis­ing for con­sul­tants.

“Now you can only do it if you had been to a group.

“I ac­tu­ally did the plan with my group, that’s not al­lowed now. You’ve got to have ac­tu­ally lost the weight.

“When I started I wanted to lose two stone. Through­out the years I’ve lost 80 stone at var­i­ous times, but it’s been the same two stone.

“I ac­tu­ally found it easy. The plan is not a diet and I could iden­tify with the peo­ple who had the same prob­lem with their weight.

“I’ve been through those tri­als and tribu­la­tions.

“Los­ing weight is like stop­ping smok­ing and there is a sim­i­lar stigma at­tached if some­one is re­ally over­weight.”

Carol, who will also stand down from her role as sec­re­tary at Kirkhill Golf Club to be­come vice-cap­tain, started out as a con­sul­tant at a class in St Colum­bkille’s Hall where she stayed un­til the fire in 2004 when she moved to Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill.

While she has many suc­cess sto­ries, she ad­mits some do stand out.

“There has been one re­cently who has be­come a con­sul­tant who has lost six stones in weight and kept it off.

“There is an­other who comes to the group, she reached her tar­get seven years ago and has stayed there. When I was leav­ing she put her arms around me and said she didn’t want me to go.

“I hope ev­ery­one who comes through the door reaches their tar­get, but not ev­ery­one does.

“The ones that do, the job sat­is­fac­tion is just fan­tas­tic.

“You see peo­ple and the dif­fer­ence in them is phe­nom­e­nal.

“You are chang­ing peo­ple’s lives and I can’t be­lieve how lucky I’ve been.”

Weight to go Carol Downes (left) pic­tured with her suc­ces­sor Lynn Hughes and en­ter­tainer Ja­son Dono­van

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