Name: Gail Dickson
Height: 5ft 11
Start size: 24
Current size: 16
Total weight loss: 3st 6lbs
“While out running my usual 10k I was assaulted by a stranger. The effects devastated my life and what followed was years of using food to numb the pain. I never ran again, I became a recluse, scared to leave the house without my husband or sister.
“I used food not just as a comfort. I wanted to be unattractive and unseen. I needed to disappear.
“I continued to put on weight and became more solitary. I missed good friends’ weddings because I could not cope with being seen in public, never mind eat in public. I was struggling to climb stairs, dripping with sweat with the slightest exercise and very unhappy with how I looked.
“One day, after missing out on another friend’s event, I gave myself a shake and found the strength to Google weight-loss plans and up came Cambridge Weight Plan. Meeting Anne was a turning point. I walked out with the determination to do this.
“10 weeks later and 46 pounds and 16 inches were gone forever! What’s in its place? Confidence. To attend a wedding in a dress and high heels, to dance all night and feel good and people tell you that you look amazing; wow!”
Name: Lisa Sweeney
Height: 5ft 5
Start size: 16
Current size: 10
Total weight loss: 4st
“In my thirties I had a number of operations which left me unable to do much, apart from recover. My weight went from ‘curvy’ to obese in six months and I was told the only way I could have a child would be through IVF.
“I was then diagnosed with an auto-immune condition known as Hashimotos. At this point, my medical consultant suggested Cambridge Weight Plan.
“I met with my Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant and I should not have worried. IVF no longer seemed like an impossible dream, I could actually do it.
“Not only had I lost weight, but I felt determined to achieve a healthier lifestyle and pursue activities my weight had stopped me doing. I started feeling less embarrassed when clothes shopping with friends. I still thought I was a size 16 until a friend made me try on a size eight dress that fitted. I was, and still am, amazed.”
Name: Valerie Stapleton
Height: 5ft 2
Start size: 20
Current size: 12
Total weight loss: 3st 10lbs
“A bad relationship tore my happy world apart. I was no longer confident, happy and outgoing. I didn’t know who I was because every day, ‘who I was’ annoyed my partner more and more. When I built up the courage to leave, I had to sell my horse and leave my old life behind.
“My son was born in 2010 with a rare genetic disorder. Surgery was required before his second birthday, as well as a plethora of other medical issues. At a time when I should have been building myself back up, I couldn’t. I had to focus all my energy on my son and his needs. I ate to cope, and the weight piled on. I was on duty 24/7, there simply was no time for me to look after me.
“My life changed when I met my Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant, Caroline. We were a team and going to do this for me and Caroline was going to be with me every step of the way. I left that day feeling more positive than I had in years and ready to change my lifestyle and start making time for me.
“I’m now back in clothes I wore eight years ago. My confidence has sky-rocketed, I have so much energy and enthusiasm for life. I don’t think I am a new person, I think I am the ‘me’ I always wanted to be. I have started horse riding again and playing football with my son. I’ve even started coaching his team.”