Cou­ple lose 10st and gain pounds for can­cer char­ity

Slim­line Ali­son and Stevie raise cash

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A Croft­foot cou­ple who have lost al­most 10 stones in weight be­tween them were among a group of slim­mers who stepped up their ac­tiv­ity rou­tines to raise vi­tal cash for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Ali­son Gra­ham tipped the scales at 17st 3lbs back in 2015 and her weight was af­fect­ing her health – that’s when she de­cided to take ac­tion by join­ing Slim­ming World.

And see­ing how quickly his wife’s ex­cess weight was com­ing off, hus­band Stevie started to fol­low the same eat­ing plan and man­aged to get his weight down from 19 stones to around 15.

Spurred on by his ini­tial suc­cess, the Sco­trail project man­ager signed up to join Ali­son at the same Slim­ming World group two years ago – and now weighs a slim­line 12st 10lbs.

The cou­ple were among a group of slim­mers who were spon­sored to up their daily step count, and re­cently com­pleted the 5k Walk All Over Can­cer with Slim­ming World event, which they rounded off with a cel­e­bra­tory lap of Over­ton Park.

The event aimed to raise aware­ness of the links be­tween keep­ing a healthy weight and re­duc­ing the risk of can­cer.

Stevie, 54, says he couldn’t run for a bus be­fore los­ing weight. Yet, he walked a min­i­mum of 10,000 steps a day through­out Septem­ber and com­pleted the en­tire 5K event dis­tance.

He said: “Be­fore los­ing weight, any­thing re­motely ac­tive was my idea of a night­mare. I don’t drive, so Ali­son had to drive me ev­ery­where and I made ex­cuses if any­one planned any­thing I might need to wear train­ers for – even putting the bins out, climb­ing stairs, walk­ing a few hun­dred yards felt like a strug­gle.

“As the weight dropped off, my con­fi­dence rock­eted and I have so much more en­ergy.

“The eat­ing plan means I can fill up on lots of tasty ev­ery­day meals – I never feel hun­gry or de­prived and I can still en­joy my favourite things, like a glass of wine, a beer or a bar of choco­late– just in mod­er­a­tion, now.”

Stevie con­tin­ued: “Be­fore I lost the weight, a group fit­ness event like this would have been unimag­in­able. I wouldn’t have had the con­fi­dence to try the dis­tance let alone have lots of peo­ple see­ing me in sports­wear!

“I’m a new per­son now. I’m hap­pier, health­ier, more con­fi­dent and so ex­cited about the fu­ture.

“Com­plet­ing this walk with all of my Slim­ming World friends has been the cherry on top of my weight-loss jour­ney.”

Due to her weight loss, Ali­son was able to have a hip re­place­ment op­er­a­tion two years ago to ease symp­toms of arthri­tis - and that gave her a new lease of life.

Stevie and 57-year-old Ali­son – who is also down to 12st 10lbs – reg­u­larly col­lect food and toi­letries from the group’s mem­bers and do­nate them to the lo­cal food bank.

Weight loss con­sul­tant and 5K event or­gan­iser Linda Par­rott couldn’t praise the ef­forts of her King’s Park Slim­ming World group enough.

“I’m so proud of all of my mem­bers who set them­selves the chal­lenge of walk­ing more this Au­gust and Septem­ber,” said Linda.

“I’m sure they will in­spire more peo­ple to get ac­tive and im­prove their health, while also help­ing rais­ing aware­ness of the links be­tween obe­sity and can­cer.

“The money raised will go to­wards an amaz­ing cause – help­ing to sup­port Can­cer Re­search UK’s life-sav­ing re­search.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the King’s Park Slim­ming World group or their Walk All Over Can­cer cam­paign con­tact Linda on 07730349212 or pop along to the group which is held every Thurs­day at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Mont­ford func­tion suite 23-27 Cur­tis Av­enue.

Af­ter Stevie four stones lighter

Be­fore Stevie and Ali­son when they were over­weight and their health was suf­fer­ing as a re­sult

De­lighted A slen­der Ali­son col­lects her Woman of the Year award

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