A grandmother who was borderline diabetic has become a weight loss advocate after shedding three stone.
Angela Tunnicliff, from Ash Bank, Werrington, felt uncomfortable in her own skin, was often left out of breath while with her grandchildren, and was told by her doctor that she was borderline diabetic and needed to lose weight.
All of these factors led to the 51-year-old joining Slimming World and losing more than three stone, before becoming a consultant herself and setting up her own group.
The hospital discharge support worker said: "I hated going out with friends, and made excuses that I was busy.
"I didn't want to go out for meals because I was embarrassed about the way I looked."
Angela had previously joined Slimming World on two occasions and lost the weight she wanted to, but soon afterwards she stopped going and put the weight back on – plus a bit more on top.
She said: "I knew it worked, but didn't stay to group, and I knew I had to do something about my weight so I found a group in Abbey Hulton."
Angela joined the group with her husband Tony, who has lost more than seven stone.
She said: "My husband joined with me and he has lost an amazing seven-and-a-half stone, his health has improved so much.
"Before Slimming World he was put on a Cpap machine for sleep apnea and was diagnosed with diabetes, but now he is now off the machine and is borderline diabetic.
"He has also halved his blood pressure medication and he feels much happier and healthier in himself."
Angela says that the food optimising programme really helped her lose weight.
She added: "My motto now is 'eat yourself slimmer', as filling up on all free and speed food worked for me.
"Myself and my husband now cook from scratch using all fresh ingredients."
Prior to Slimming World, Angela would enjoy fish and chips from the chip shop at least twice a week, and eat a Chinese or curry from her local takeaway once or twice a week.
She would also eat frozen ready meals and snack on chocolate or crisps while watching TV.
Angela said: "I used to skip meals, and then eat all the wrong things like chocolate, takeaways and unhealthy foods ."
The couple, who live with their five border terrier dogs, now also grow all their fruit and vegetables at the two allotments they tend.
Angela said: "All that digging, planting and weeding is great exercise, but I also enjoy going to Zumba and walking."
After losing the weight, Angela's friends and family encouraged her to become a consultant and set up her own group, which she did.
She said: "I know that everyone has the potential to reach their dream target, like me – if I can do it anyone can."
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