‘All my aches and pains have gone’

Closer (UK) - - Diet Special -

Rachel Ramshaw, 45, a QA ad­min­is­tra­tor from Hamp­shire, dropped six dress sizes and trans­formed her health. She says, “I’d been over­weight for most of my life, but in my mid-20s I man­aged to lose 8st by de­priv­ing my­self of ev­ery­thing I en­joyed eat­ing, like crisps, cake, choco­late and take­aways. How­ever, it wasn’t long be­fore I re­gained the weight. In 2014, af­ter many years of yo-yo di­et­ing, I was a size 22 and 15st. I’d al­ways en­joyed walks and gar­den­ing, but a slipped disc and bad knees from car­ry­ing too much weight made it harder. Dur­ing a trip to Croyde Bay in Devon with my fi­ancé Craig and our friends, I lagged be­hind the group dur­ing a walk and, when I made it to the top of the hill, I was com­pletely worn out. A while later, I or­dered a size 22 jacket ex­pect­ing it to fit but, when I zipped it up, the fab­ric was too tight. I was dev­as­tated. This was a turn­ing point for me and, spurred on by des­per­ately want­ing to lose weight, I joined Slimming World On­line. When I told Craig my plan, he was bril­liant and sug­gested we take up bike rid­ing. Each night I’d cook us a fill­ing meal like shep­herd’s pie or chicken tikka masala, then use the left­overs for lunch. Once I’d lost 4st, I signed up to a Slimming World group so I could go along with my friend. Be­ing with other peo­ple meant I was able to pick up new ideas, and no­body judged me when I gained weight here and there. I’m now a size 10-12 and be­ing slim has changed my life. My back and knees rarely give me any trou­ble, I walk my dogs for two hours a day and I can stride through fields with Craig at the week­end!”

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