Grand­mother sheds 8 stone in amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion


Sunderland Echo - - News - By So­phie Brown­son so­phie.brown­ Twit­ter:@sbrown­sonjp

A grand­mother who had to ask fam­ily mem­bers to fas­ten her shoes has un­der­gone an amaz­ing weight-loss trans­for­ma­tion.

Mar­garet He­wit­son, 61, looks like a dif­fer­ent per­son after los­ing more than 8st.

The grand­mother-of­seven joined the Eas­ing­ton Slim­ming World group just over a year ago, after get­ting to the point where her weight meant day-to-day tasks had be­come a strug­gle.

Mar­garet who lives with hus­band John, 63, in Avon Street, was left gasp­ing for breath from just walk­ing up the stairs and was tak­ing up to six in­sulin in­jec­tions a day to help con­trol her Type 2 di­a­betes.

But now she has lost an in­cred­i­ble 8st 3lb - going from 19st 3lb and a dress size 30-32, to a healthy 11st and a size 14.

She said: “The weight I was car­ry­ing was ter­ri­ble, I could not put on my own shoes or tie them up - I had to ask for help.

“I had to ask my hus­band or my son to do it for me and I couldn’t put my socks on ei­ther be­cause I was so big I couldn’t bend over. “It was hu­mil­i­at­ing. “But then my daugh­ter asked me to go to Slim­ming World with her, so I went but didn’t know what to ex­pect. “But as soon as I went in I was greeted with a lot of smil­ing faces and when I came out I knew I would be going back ev­ery week.

“Ev­ery week I was amazed how much weight I lost and I am now a tar­get mem­ber.”

Mar­garet said her weight piled on after her mum sadly died caus­ing her to com­fort eat, which saw her ‘snack from morn­ing to night’ and eat un­healthy meals such as fish and chips and Chi­nese take­aways. But after start­ing the group she has turned her life around and swapped the snacks for home­cooked dishes which has meant she no longer needs treat­ment for her di­a­betes.

She said: “I go ev­ery week and my health prob­lems have gone - I no longer take any in­sulin in­jec­tion and my sugar lev­els are good due to the weight loss.

“I can tie my shoes, walk up and down stairs with­out gasp­ing and I’ve even got a Bi­chon Frise puppy which helps me get out and about on steady walks twice a day.

“I love to cook now and plan my meals.

“If I want choco­late I will have it, but I have to be care­ful be­cause of my di­a­betes.

“I am grateful I have a team leader like Bar­bara Barnes - she is one in a mil­lion.

“When I look at pho­tos now I can’t be­lieve it is me!

“If I can loose weight any­one can, Slim­ming World has given me my life back and for that I will be for­ever grateful.”

Mar­garet He­wit­son after los­ing more than 8st through Slim­ming World. Be­low, do­ing her laces

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