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Jenny Prince
Weightcare Slimmer of the Year 2015 FINALIST
It was December 1st 2014 when I first nervously stepped into Elaine’s One 2 One Weightcare Service. I was immediately put at ease and didn’t feel conscious of my size. I weighed just over 16 stones, the heaviest I’ve ever been. Wow, what a wake-up call!

My problem began two or three years ago when I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia rheumatica. I was put on a high dose of steroids and along with medication already taken for arthritis and other problems my life seemed timed around when the next tablet was due! My joints ached continuously and I replaced my previously active lifestyle with food. A cup of tea would be accompanied with a packet of biscuits. A Mars bar, crisps and a Cornetto were my daily treats.

In November 2014 I was referred to a surgeon for knee replacement. I was weighed and measured and told in no uncertain terms that my weight was a major cause of my problems, that I would not be even considered for the surgery until I had lost weight. I was gutted. The thought of having to live with that amount of pain was dreadful. I knew I had to do something. When I went for my second appointment I had already lost a stone (over Christmas, I don’t think they believed me!) and I was allowed keyhole surgery, but it didn’t really work. At last, after losing 2 and half stones I was put on the waiting list. Finally something was going to be done – but it would have been done so much earlier if I hadn’t had a weight problem.

These last 8 months have not been easy, but with Elaine’s backing I have remained on track. Family and friends have been so supportive and shopping is now a joy! This year we returned to the same place in Majorca as last year, but this time it was so different. I had a completely new wardrobe and everything I took got worn, my beach dress came off at the pool, not like last year when I kept it on all day, and dressing for dinner in the evening was great. Last year I rejected most of my holiday wardrobe, often selecting something saying “it will have to do”, this year it felt wonderful to be able to wear everything and feel good.

My daughter Natalie often tried to persuade me to go to Weightcare with her but my answer was always the same – “with all the pills I’m taking there is no way I will lose weight” How I wish I had listened to her and done it 18 months ago! Now my weekly meetings with Elaine are a must, I know how easy it is to return to bad habits!

All I need now are my 2 new knees and the ongoing support of Weightcare.
 
 
 
 
Total Weight Loss: 3 stones 7lbs
Total Inch Loss: Size 22 to Size 16
Height: 5'4"
Slimming Plan: Low Fat
 
 
 
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