Car­o­line’s a su­per slim in­spi­ra­tion

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AN ORM­SKIRK woman has been hailed as an in­spi­ra­tion af­ter she slimmed down by seven dress sizes in less than two years.

Car­o­line Holder, 40, shed more than 11st af­ter join­ing a slim­ming class.

Tina Whewell, who runs the lo­cal Slim­ming World group, said: “The changes we’ve seen in Car­o­line are in­cred­i­ble.

“I hope her suc­cess will in­spire other peo­ple in West Lan­cashire who’d like to lose weight by form­ing new lifestyle habits and be­come hap­pier and health­ier to take ac­tion.”

Car­o­line said: “I feel like a new woman since los­ing weight, I am now the per­son I al­ways in the in­side rather than the fa­cade I put on – in fact, I look so dif­fer­ent that peo­ple who I haven’t seen for a while of­ten can’t be­lieve I’m the same per­son.

“For me though, it’s the change on the in­side that’s been the big­gest – I’m hap­pier, health­ier and much more con­fi­dent now.”

She joined the lo­cal group in Fe­bru­ary last year.

She said: “I’d pre­tend it didn’t bother me that I was big­ger than most other peo­ple, but that was far from the truth.

“I hated shop­ping for clothes and found just climb­ing up stairs and do­ing sim­ple ev­ery­day tasks would leave me tired and out of breath.”

Car­o­line’s weight was also putting a huge strain on her health, she found it dif­fi­cult to walk and got breath­less eas­ily.

Tina said: “Peo­ple who are se­verely over­weight, with a BMI (body mass in­dex) above 30, are more likely to suf­fer from health prob­lems like coro­nary heart dis­ease, arthri­tis, di­a­betes and can­cer, and obe­sity is linked to a re­duc­tion in life ex­pectancy of be­tween seven and nine years.

“Car­o­line de­cided to join Slim­ming World in Orm­skirk af­ter feel­ing so un­healthy and know­ing be­ing so over­weight was hav­ing a se­vere im­pact on her life.”

Car­o­line said: “Walk­ing through those doors was one of the hard­est things I’ve ever done, I was em­bar­rassed about my size and scared that I might be the big­gest per­son there.

“I needn’t have wor­ried though, ev­ery­one there was so friendly, es­pe­cially my con­sul­tant, and I was so re­lieved when I found out that my weight was con­fi­den­tial be­tween me and her – I’d had vi­sions of hav­ing to tell ev­ery­one how much I weighed.”

Since join­ing she has made many friends at her group and ad­mits she doesn’t don’t think she could have done it with­out their sup­port each week.

Tina said: “They’ve been helped with recipes and tips and if he was ever strug­gling her fel­low mem­bers were al­ways there to re­mind her why they wanted to lose weight in the first place, and how far she’d come since first step­ping through the doors.”

Car­o­line Holder in one of her old pairs of trousers

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