I now have fun life with my kids

Mum’s game for a laugh af­ter los­ing 8st

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

A Mother­well mum who shed eight stone loves play­ing hide and seek with her five kids – be­cause she can now squeeze into tight hid­ing places she would never have fit­ted into be­fore.

Back in Jan­uary 2015, An­gela Ste­wart tipped the scales at 21st 12.5lbs.

Hus­band Derek was also over­weight.

But when he was di­ag­nosed with fatty liver dis­ease, it spurred An­gela into ac­tion and she joined Anne Hog­a­rth’s Slim­ming World group at Mother­well Bap­tist Church.

“I knew he would never go to a class, so I thought I would go and we could both fol­low the plan at home,” ex­plained An­gela, of Muir­house.

“We needed to do some­thing. It is not a great life­style for the kids to be brought up with a mum and dad who are mas­sive.”

When at her heav­i­est, An­gela reck­ons she was wear­ing a dress size 28 but ad­mits it was hard to be sure be­cause all her clothes had elas­ti­cated waists.

But An­gela’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to take con­trol and slim down paid off and last week she was pre­sented with an 8st award – she now weighs a healthy 13st 12.5lbs and is wear­ing stylish size 14 clothes.

She is also just 3st away from reach­ing her tar­get weight of 10st.

On the day she picked up her award, An­gela re­ceived another boost when a health vis­i­tor ar­rived to carry out her one-year-old daugh­ter’s as­sess­ment.

“I opened the door and shocked her! She said: ‘Well, hello skinny minny’. I felt great,” said de­lighted An­gela, 41, whose hus­band has also lost 2.5st since she joined the group.

“I went to group ev­ery week through my preg­nancy with Holly and of my five preg­nan­cies, I en­joyed this one the most.

“I felt healthy and happy. I didn’t suf­fer from the same prob­lems with this one as I had with the four boys, as I had al­ready lost so much weight.

“I lost 2st at my first weigh- in af­ter Holly was born. I have gone from strength to strength since.

“Be­fore, I felt slug­gish, bloated and drained. I can’t put into words how dif­fer­ently I feel.

“I even played hide and seek with the chil­dren re­cently and the places I could hide that I could never hide be­fore was sur­pris­ingly quite emo­tional for me.

“I love run­ning around with the kids, rolling on the floor. It feels like I have given my­self a real fun life with my fam­ily.

“My hus­band who suf­fers from ill health has also lost weight and is do­ing amaz­ing.

“The kids love Slim­ming World food and, even bet­ter, I’m not the big­gest mum at the school gates!”

An­gela’s weight loss has been so dra­matic her 13 year- old son didn’t recog­nise her in a pic­ture taken four years ago. “It has changed my life and I’ve made so many friends at the class,” en­thused An­gela.

“We all so­cialise to­gether and, as like-minded peo­ple, we all know what we can eat and drink when we go out. It’s great fun.”

An­gela at­tends the group at Mother­well Bap­tist Church at 5.30pm on Thurs­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact con­sul­tant Anne on 07874 611346.

It has changed my life and I’ve made so many friends.”

Af­ter An­gela looks amaz­ing af­ter shed­ding eight stone

Be­fore An­gela knew she had to change her eat­ing habits

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