Heald Green slim­mer changes health out­look af­ter join­ing Slim­ming World

AF­TER BE­ING DI­AG­NOSED WITH TYPE-1 DI­A­BETES, MICHELLE HE­WITT TRIED A NUM­BER OF FAD DI­ETS UN­SUC­CESS­FULLY BE­FORE AT­TEND­ING THE HEALD GREEN GROUP

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NEAR­ING 30, Michelle He­witt was given a fright­en­ing di­ag­no­sis. But now, the na­tive of Heald Green, Stock­port has lost three dress sizes, is man­ag­ing her con­di­tion and en­joy­ing life to the full.

“As the doc­tor spoke, my head spun while I tried to take it all in,” ex­plained Michelle. “It felt like a bad dream, but the di­ag­no­sis was real enough - type 1 di­a­betes.

“There I was, aged 29 and with a po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion. Was this re­ally the way I was about to start my 30s?

“I was told I had to start us­ing in­sulin and from that day on­wards, my life would never be the same.

“As a re­sult of my di­a­betes, my weight be­came un­sta­ble and I spent most of my 30s on some fad diet or other, al­ways putting the weight back on – and more – and as a re­sult, my aver­age blood sug­ars were far too high.

“Just be­fore I hit my 40th birth­day, I de­cided to do some­thing about my weight and my health.”

Michelle knew she had to turn her life around and af­ter be­ing ad­vised by her doc­tor that a healthy, well­bal­anced life­style would help to sta­bilise her blood sug­ars, she chose to join her lo­cal Slim­ming World group.

She said: “In my new frame of mind, Food Op­ti­mis­ing was the ideal fit for me. I knew my best chance of suc­ceed­ing would be to start cook­ing whole­some fam­ily meals from scratch.”

Michelle quickly learned lots of new and de­li­cious recipes, rang­ing from diet cola chicken and rice to pasta with a meaty ragu-style sauce. Be­cause she was eat­ing proper hearty food, she no longer felt the need to snack on sug­ary foods.

STAY­ING POWER

A week af­ter join­ing, Michelle stepped on the scales and was pleased with the re­sult she saw. Soon, she started to reap the ben­e­fits of stay­ing for im­age ther­apy, where she learned new recipes and also how to in­cor­po­rate ac­tiv­ity into her daily rou­tine.

Af­ter start­ing to walk more, she plucked up the courage to join a gym and loved the buzz she got from the ex­er­cise.

Michelle was de­lighted when, af­ter six months, she vis­iter he di­a­betes con­sul­tant to be told that her blood sug­ars had dropped dra­mat­i­cally.

Not only that, but her choles­terol had also dropped be­low the rec­om­mended level.

Im­pressed with how Slim­ming World had changed her life and ben­e­fit­ting from her new-found con­fi­dence, Michelle is now look­ing to help oth­ers achieve their weight­loss dream. Michelle will be re-launch­ing the Heald Green Methodist Church Slim­ming World group on Brown Lane ev­ery Tues­day night at 5pm and 7pm from Jan­uary 8.

Michelle be­fore and af­ter join­ing her lo­cal Slim­ming World group

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