Gran’s new look

Gen­eral health has also im­proved

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clare Haughey - Marc McLean

A Cam­bus­lang gran has her tod­dler grand­son to thank for re­gain­ing her health and get­ting back in shape.

Anne-Marie Baran was over­weight, un­fit, and had no real mo­ti­va­tion to change her dodgy diet filled with greasy take­aways and sweet treats.

That was un­til lit­tle Calum, aged two and a half, started run­ning around like mad.

Anne-Marie, 67, said: “I look after my grand­son a few days a week and needed to be healthy and fit, as run­ning around after a child is re­ally hard work and be­ing over­weight doesn’t make it any eas­ier.

“The time had come to lose weight, as I felt my gen­eral health wasn’t great and thought it was time to se­ri­ously do some­thing about it.

“I wanted to be able to en­joy my time with my grand­son, and not worry about my un­fit state of health.”

Anne-Marie was 14st 9lbs when she re­joined Weight Watch­ers at the Cam­bus­lang Bap­tist Church in this time last year.

Her friend Trina Lind­say joined at around the same time, and the pair be­came great sup­port for each other with daily en­cour­age­ment and swap­ping recipes.

Now, a year on, Ann Marie is 3st 5lbs lighter, and feel­ing great.

She said: “We en­joy our weekly friendly group. Our coach Lynda is a great sup­port to us.

“The Weight Watch­ers app is a god­send to keep track of our eat­ing and gen­eral ex­er­cise ac­tiv­i­ties, as I can log all my ex­er­cise on the ac­tiv­ity sec­tion in my app.

“My gen­eral health has im­proved tremen­dously, and I can now en­joy swim­ming, cy­cling and walk­ing.

“I can now swim three or four times a week, whereas be­fore this just would not have been pos­si­ble as the ex­tra weight I was car­ry­ing just made it too dif­fi­cult and un­com­fort­able.”

Anne-Marie added: “I also now en­joy clothes shop­ping as I can now buy a size 14, and no longer need a size 18/20!”

The nu­tri­tional ad­vice Anne-Marie re­ceived at her Cam­bus­lang group ev­ery Tues­day night, cou­ple with sup­port from pal Trina, have been a real recipe for suc­cess.

Ann Marie said: “I used to eat all the wrong things, like pizza, high fat foods, fish and chips, and take­aways. I also had a very very sweet tooth and my por­tion sizes were al­ways too big.

“Now I eat a lot bet­ter, in­clud­ing lots of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. My por­tions have now re­duced to a nor­mal size, and the plan en­sures that my eat­ing habits have changed for good.

“The change in my over­all health has greatly im­proved. I eat very healthy now and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, and Weight Watch­ers just fits in well with my daily life.

“I am happy in my life now and have my fam­ily and friend Trina to thank for that and of course my coach Lynda for all her en­cour­age­ment.

“I feel I have my life back on track, and I’m more con­fi­dent in my­self.”

Be­fore Anne-Marie was eat­ing un­healthy foods

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