“The satisfaction on the day of my weigh in was worth every difficult moment…and I was able to support my daughter on her LighterLife journey too!”

March 12, 2015 - Success Stories
“The satisfaction on the day of my weigh in was worth every difficult moment…and I was able to support my daughter on her LighterLife journey too!”

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and what better way to celebrate than with a truly inspirational mother and daughter success story! Julie and Abigail have both changed their lives with LighterLife.

Mum Julie and eldest daughter Abigail both had a significant amount of weight to lose. Julie, a sufferer of osteoarthritis was unable to walk unaided for long periods of time, and had a momentous birthday coming up in six months. She was determined not to ‘be fat and sixty’. Abigail was nearly 16 ½ stone and getting married, after seeing mum Julie’s amazing success she decided to join LighterLife too.

How was your weight affecting you before you joined LighterLife?
I was very fed up and hated how I looked; I love nice clothes but never felt attractive. I knew what I had to do but couldn’t seem to get my head (or my heart) around how to go about it.
Abi: The biggest issue with being vastly overweight is the head space you occupy! When you are that heavy, the world seems a difficult place. Everything is an effort, you feel like everyone is judging you.

What was the ‘lightbulb’ moment or goal that influenced your decision to join LighterLife?
I was six months away from my sixtieth birthday and decided I was not going to be fat and sixty so I contacted LighterLife Bramhall and came for my appointment, right away I felt I was dealing with a professional who knew what she was talking about. I had been to other diet companies and not enjoyed the experience.
Abi: I was on a friends hen party at Centre parcs one of the activities involved a zip wire but the maximum weight was 16 stone. Having to admit to my friends I didn’t meet the weight requirement was hideous! They were lovely about it but holding the coats and taking photos was not me!

What was your experience of LighterLife group support?
The first week or so I met my fellow ‘lifers’ they were mostly just like me, a bit scared but determined to give it a go.  I enjoyed the packs and stuck to the program religiously, in the first week I lost 9lbs and was thrilled. I felt confident that I knew exactly what I could eat and drink which made it easier for me. I started LighterLife a size 18, and on my sixtieth birthday I was a size 10, a size I’d never been before. I have done the management programme for 2 ½ years now and have changed my relationship with food. I absolutely love the way I look and feel now and feel in control. Still attending management sessions helps me focus, I think that the sessions are the most important part.
Abi: The LighterLife group I started in was fab and I feel really lucky to have found that group. I can still hear the advice from the others from my first session ‘Do I need it, what is the pay off, how will I feel after’. I had tried many other diet clubs and all had left me infuriated constantly discussing food. LighterLife was very different, for the better. I found I needed the group support to help me deal with social situations and diet saboteurs!

What changes has losing weight made on your life?
LighterLife has helped me to a happier place, I may not walk like a spring chicken but I feel really good about myself and about my future.
Abi: Being able to go into shops and try everything on and look good is a buzz. I’m 11 ½ stone and a size 12 with a new addiction, to Ted Baker and Victoria’s secret!

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining LighterLife?
For all you people out there who are thinking about it. DO IT you won’t regret it.

Abi, how much does your mum mean to you?
What I love about my mum is her positive attitude to life – nothing is impossible. Her single mindedness really inspires me. She really encouraged me through the programme and has treated me with non-food treats on occasion i.e. buying both dresses as she couldn’t decide which I looked nicer in!!!!


Keep an eye out for your favorite #MumMantras on LighterLife Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to Mother’s Day. We’re collecting and sharing  you’re mum’s classic pearls of wisdom.

One thought on ““The satisfaction on the day of my weigh in was worth every difficult moment…and I was able to support my daughter on her LighterLife journey too!”

Suzette Jones

What a wonderful and uplifting story.
Both Julie and Abigail look amazing.

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