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Mum helps daughter, 11, stay healthy with Slimming World plan after dropping from a size 26 to a trim size 12

PUBLISHED: 09:06 17 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 17 January 2016

Julie Seeley before she started the Slimming World plan

Julie Seeley before she started the Slimming World plan

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Two years ago this month, Julie Seeley from Haverhill took the plunge and joined her local Slimming World group.

Julie Seeley, who has lost 8st at Tania Watson's Haverhill Slimming World group Julie Seeley, who has lost 8st at Tania Watson's Haverhill Slimming World group

Her weight had crept up after years of comfort eating while feeling depressed.

“I had never been to a Slimming World group before,” explains Julie. “I tried to lose weight myself, but lost a couple of stone and put it back on.”

“I’d got to my biggest when I joined,” she adds. “I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and I needed that structure. I picked Slimming World as a friend had lost a couple of stone on it.”

“Once I had got my head round how it worked, I found it easy to follow,” says Julie.

“You can have everything you usually eat – you just have to make it their way.”

Soon, Julie was enjoying spaghetti Bolognese, curries, roast dinners, cooked breakfasts and Slimming World chips.

“The more you do it, the more you just get used to it. And you can still have treats with your syns,” she adds.

“Encouragement from Tania, the certificates and the rounds of applause did spur me on too.”

Julie also started to do more exercise and now walks a lot, goes to the gym and goes swimming. “I’m always on the go now,” she explains.

Just a year and three months later, Julie had lost eight stone, and had dropped from a size 26 to a size 12.

“When I look at old photos, it’s like it it’s not me, I don’t know who that is,” she says. “My mindset has completely changed now.”

“I have so much more energy and I am a lot more confident now. Before, I wouldn’t go on fairground rides in case I broke them, but I go on them all now,” Julie adds. “It does change your life.”

Julie’s 11-year-old daughter Megan joined her at Slimming World last summer. She follows the Free to Go plan for young people, which is different to the core plan.

Megan has Prader-willi syndrome, and one of the symptoms is constant hunger. She is trying to prevent weight gain rather than lose weight.

“She has more or less maintained her weight, so the doctors and dietician are pleased at the moment,” says Julie.

Her children were one reason why Julie joined Slimming World in the first place.

“I have got Megan and another child who is severely autistic,” says Julie. “I got quite depressed and comfort ate.”

“Eventually I thought I need to sort this out as I’m not setting a good example.

“I still have bad days, when things get to me, but in general 
I feel much more positive.”

Julie is a member of Tania Watson’s group, which is held on Wednesdays at The New Croft, Haverhill.

Tania said: “I am very proud of what Julie has achieved. It’s been a pleasure to get to know her during group each week.

“Julie has been so committed to her weight loss, the only weeks she hasn’t attended has been because she has been on holiday! If she has had to miss her home group due to appointments, she has always attended another session or group.

“She has improved her own health and wellbeing, as well as looking amazing.

“I am very pleased to also be supporting Megan, her daughter, as well. One of the things I love about Slimming World is that it is suitable for all the family, and it’s great to hear that Megan has tried new things.

“As well as supporting 11 to 15 year olds who attend with parents or guardians, where we encourage healthy changes, we are able to support pregnant and breastfeeding mums.”

For more details, call Tania on 07974 565229

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