In­spir­ing oth­ers to a new life

John shed four stones but still at­tends Slim­ming World group he de­scribes as “like fam­ily”

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Slimming - Ian Bunting

A glit­ter­ing ex­am­ple of weight loss at its finest saw a Coat­bridge man scoop a fit­ting re­ward for his hard work.

John Crooks turned to his lo­cal Slim­ming World group af­ter suf­fer­ing is­sues with his knees and hips that left him out of breath when play­ing with his grand­chil­dren.

The 65- year- old joined his wife Roseann at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s group based in The Time Cap­sule in May 2016 – and man­aged to shed four stones in his first nine months.

Equally im­pres­sively, John has man­aged to keep the weight off ever since and his sus­tained suc­cess saw him awarded di­a­mond mem­ber sta­tus.

The ti­tle is awarded to the group’s “most in­spi­ra­tional mem­ber who has lost weight and main­tained their new shape” – as voted on by John’s fel­low slimmers.

A thrilled John said: “Like a lot of peo­ple, I just thought that the pain and lack of en­ergy was due to my age and feel­ing a bit over­weight.

“I thought that los­ing weight would mean I’d be starv­ing and wouldn’t be able to en­joy a beer ever again.

“Slim­ming World is com­pletely dif­fer­ent be­cause it was just so sim­ple. I could still en­joy hearty, home-cooked meals with my fam­ily while los­ing weight, which seemed like a mir­a­cle at the time. I was never feel­ing hun­gry and ir­ri­ta­ble – nowa­days I prob­a­bly eat more than ever!

“With Slim­ming World, the sup­port that I needed was there from day one, both from my con­sul­tant Jen­nifer [Stevens] and the other mem­bers in the group.

“I picked up new ideas and recipes ev­ery week – and still do now – and started to re­ally be­lieve that I could do it.”

John con­tin­ues to at­tend the Time Cap­sule Slim­ming World group and be­lieves with­out their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port he would have strug­gled to keep the weight off.

He added: “I’ve made so many friends that I can’t imag­ine not go­ing to the group each week – they’re like fam­ily. Ev­ery­one in­spired and sup­ported me to achieve my tar­get and now it’s my turn to do the same for other peo­ple, to show the same kind­ness, warmth and com­pas­sion that I was shown.”

Jen­nifer Stevens, con­sul­tant at the Slim­ming World group John at­tends, said: “I’m so proud of John and the in­spi­ra­tional way in which he’s main­tained his weight loss.

“It’s al­ways great for new mem­bers to meet John and see just what’s pos­si­ble at Slim­ming World – af­ter we’ve ex­plained why some­one so slim is in the group in the first place!

“I hope he in­spires other peo­ple in Mon­k­lands and proves to them that with Slim­ming World you re­ally can get slim for good.”

For fur­ther de­tails about Jen­nifer’s Slim­ming World group, which meets ev­ery Thurs­day at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm or 7.30pm, call her on 07761 476364 or visit www.slim­ming­world.

I was never feel­ing hun­gry and ir­ri­ta­ble – nowa­days I prob­a­bly eat more than ever!

Crooks cracks it The 65-year-old proudly dis­plays his di­a­mond mem­ber sta­tus cer­tifi­cate. Be­low: John be­fore he lost four stones in just nine months

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