Mother sheds six stone de­spite fam­ily tragedy

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

A HENDY mother is in­spir­ing oth­ers to lose weight af­ter shed­ding six stone de­spite a fam­ily tragedy de­rail­ing her ef­forts.

Danielle Gwynne, aged 35, started her bat­tle against the bulge in 2015 by join­ing a Slim­ming World group in Llanelli.

She is now in­spir­ing oth­ers af­ter los­ing six stone in three years, sadly dur­ing which time her brother David died of a heart at­tack.

“For as long as I can re­mem­ber and cer­tainly for all my teenage years and adult life, I don’t re­mem­ber be­ing any­thing smaller that a size 16,” she said.

“At com­pre­hen­sive school I was teased and, look­ing back, bul­lied by peo­ple that were meant to be my friends and this led me to with­draw from the peo­ple around me and com­fort eat all the more.

“I started my Slim­ming World jour­ney on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2015, and I walked through the doors dread­ing what was to come.

“I weighed in at 16st 8.5lb – how­ever that num­ber soon dis­ap­peared and I lost 6lb in my first week. I quickly learnt to plan out my meals, in­clud­ing lunches and evening meals.

“I needed to know what I was eat­ing each day with­out think­ing about it.

“I didn’t have time to cook four dif­fer­ent meals, so I would have to pick meals that all the fam­ily could en­joy and they never knew any dif­fer­ent. I would of­ten cre­ate fam­ily meals like meats and spaghetti or pasta bake.

“I would look through the Slim­ming World web­site and In­sta­gram to find dif­fer­ent meal ideas. I also started to post my own meals there as well.”

She also says hear­ing oth­ers’ sto­ries is a source of sup­port, ad­ding: “There is some­thing about lis­ten­ing to each per­son share their strug­gle and re­alise it isn’t just me – to be able to just lis­ten and share my ex­pe­ri­ences,

ylem, Burry Port Burry Port, chal­lenges and be­ing judged.”

Con­tin­u­ing her jour­ney, she said: “In Septem­ber, 2017, I was handed my 5st award. I was over the moon, it marked the most amount of weight I have ever lost, and my tar­get was in sight for the first time.

“How­ever, I didn’t know it, but it would take me al­most 11 months to see that num­ber again.

“On Septem­ber 19, 2017, a week af­ter his 35th birth­day, I lost both, Five Roads,

Jerusa- Seion, Reho- tears with­out my brother.

“He died of a heart at­tack. “I don’t re­mem­ber much of the weeks that fol­lowed but my eat­ing once again spi­ralled out of con­trol.

“I knew I had to make a change, I couldn’t run the risk any­more. I didn’t want my chil­dren to grow up with­out a par­ent.

“I once again faced the weight gain but this time I knew I wouldn’t see that num­ber again – more im­por­tantly, I couldn’t.

“I knew I had to make this for­ever and change the habits of a life­time.”

Turn­ing to achieve­ments within her Slim­ming World club at Parc y Scar­lets in Llanelli, she said: “We have cel­e­brated Miss Slinky 2017, Great­est Loser 2018 and Woman of The Year 2018.

“I was lucky enough to be crowned our group win­ner for each com­pe­ti­tion.

“Af­ter achiev­ing a 6st weight loss, I am ecstatic to be able to help oth­ers to achieve their dreams as a Slim­ming World con­sul­tant, the same way Slim­ming World has helped me.

“I heard so many sto­ries that so eas­ily could have been my own and It’s hard to be­lieve that lit­tle old me can in­spire oth­ers to make a change in their life.

“I con­tin­ued to stay in con­trol and I have achieved a 6st weight loss over­all. Even with the high and lows, I kept go­ing and I am at my tar­get weight.” Com­mu­nity of Christ (Trostre Road)

CATHOLIC: Lady Star of the Sea, Burry Port,

Danielle Gwynne, from Hendy, weighed 16st 8.5lb in 2015 and has since lost 6st.

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