TWO slimmers have shed an astonishing 10 stone each.
Tracy Williams and Kath Andrews, of Dewsbury Moor, both say they feel better and more confident than they have done for years.
In addition Kath, 61, has overcome a health scare and undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cervical cancer but she has not wavered in her determination to lose weight.
She said: “It has taken me four years to get down to 11 stone but it has changed my life. At my heaviest I would have to use a mobility scooter but it was like a prop – I thought it made me invisible and people wouldn’t notice my weight. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol and low self-confidence.”
“I am more adventurous in what I eat now and I enjoy my food more. I’m in remission from cervical cancer and the doctor said the fact I have lost weight has definitely helped in my recovery.”
The two women are both members of Gill Butterworth’s Weight Watchers classes at Gomersal Public Hall and Kath, who has slimmed from a size 34 to a 14, also helps as a volunteer.
“I still can’t believe that I can just go into a shop and buy something that will fit me off the rack,” said Kath.
Tracy, 31, gained weight when she started shift work in a paint factory.
“I would eat the wrong food or grab a takeaway when I finished a shift and the weight just piled on,” she said. “It was coming up to my 30th birthday and I just knew I had to take myself in hand.”
Over the past two years Tracy has been going to the gym up to five times a week. She has gone from a size 32/34 to 18/20 and is hoping to get down to a 14.
“I love wearing jeans and, as I’ve lost weight, I’ve bought a pair in the next size down to spur me on. I haven’t bought a size 14 yet but I hope to get there soon,” she said.