Catherine from RuncornFresh Start
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Catherine joined Fresh Start on advice from her doctor
I have arthritis in most of my joints and walk with a stick. My weight was causing problems, it was getting so painful to walk that I’d rather drive to Asda than go up the stairs at home.
I was also getting quite self-conscious about my size. I have two children, an 8 year old and a 4 year old and was worried about what their friends may be saying to them about me.
So my doctor recommended Fresh Start as a way to lose weight.
The most useful aspect of the programme is learning about the fast and sugars in foods, as you don’t often realise just how bad some foods are.
The exercise was good too. With my problems I can’t do anything too strenuous, but I just went at my own pace.
Since I’ve lost the weight I’ve seen lots of improvements. My knee is a lot better now and I can stand straighter and for a little longer than I used to be able to.
The most important thing is to keep it up in the long term. It’s no use going for 3 weeks then giving up, you need to stick at it.
In the first 10 weeks I lost 3 stones, 3 pounds and since I started the course in January 2012, I’ve lost a total of 6 stones 8 pounds and have gone from a size 26 to a size 16.
The best thing is when people complement me on how much weight I’ve lost, it spurs me on to keep going!
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