Realising that their diets had shattered not only their health but also their confidence, Debbie and Iain Whatmore decided to turn their life’s around with the help of LighterLife. Together, they have managed to lose an astonishing 22 stone and have developed a new zest for life and a new found confidence to go with it
Even when I met Iain 23 years ago I was on the heavy side. A mutual friend introduced us and I was instantly attracted to him. Like me, he battled with his weight, so It was nice to meet someone who actually understood.
Until last year, I weighed 21st 3Ib and Iain was 22st 1Ib. But our love of food quickly spiralled out of control. We started eating out at restaurants and getting take aways two nights a week.
It wasn’t long before I was a size 30 and Iain struggled to fit into size 52 jeans.
We had tried loads of diets but none of them worked. We would shift a few pounds but then pile it straight back on.
A health scare then prompted Debbie to face her weight head –on, with the loving support of Iain.
It wasn’t until I was struggling to keep my type two diabetes under control last year that reality hit me. I was put on a 12 month monitoring programme by the NHS and a gastric bypass was even suggested.
It was then that I realised I had to do something. Iain suggested we try LighterLife. I thought it was worth a try, so I signed up. Not one to be outdone, Iain signed up too.
The Christmas period was a testing time for the pair, but they managed to get through it by taking a brief holiday to escape the festive temptations. Once they returned they stuck to their diet and they soon came to rely on each other to help them on their journey.
We had each other for support. I wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for Debbie. She gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going- and I did the same for her. We became a fat fighting duo! Seeing our new slimmer figures in the mirror gave us the determination to continue.
After eight months of dieting, Debbie had lost over 10 stone and Iain had lost half his body weight and slimmed down to 11st 12Ib.
For the first time in years, I felt confident in my own skin. Iain looked incredible too. I always found him attractive, but he looked so much healthier as well after losing all that weight.
We really are half the couple we used to be- but with twice as much confidence. I haven’t worn a dress since my wedding day, but now I’m going to treat myself and buy a new frock.
The biggest effect has been on Debbie’s health, as her weight loss has helped her combat type-2 diabetes. They plan to celebrate their achievements by taking a dream holiday to Canada later this year.
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