Name: Caroline & Ben Marshall
Age: 38 & 38
Height: 5ft 6 & 6ft
Start size: 20 & XXXL
Current size: 10 & M
Total weight loss: 4st 7lbs & 8st 7lbs
Our In It Together winners, Caroline and Ben Marshall, have lost a combined 13 stone. Their journey started when Caroline read an article about Cambridge Weight Plan . . .
“I was always outwardly confident and outgoing, but inwardly mortified and worried about my weight,” said Caroline. “I was particularly concerned about the effect my weight could have on my health in the future.
“This was largely due to the fact that my own parents had health issues. In the space of a year, I lost my dad to lung cancer and then mum had a severe stroke which left her disabled.
“Having tried unsuccessfully over the years to lose weight with many diets, I decided Cambridge Weight Plan may just be the answer I was looking for. I contacted my Consultant, Helen Allen, and after that initial appointment I felt so motivated and supported, I couldn’t wait to start.
“I found the Plan easy to follow and really enjoyed the products. I started initially on Step 2 and worked up from there once I neared my goal. It wasn’t always easy; sticking to Plan on meals out and at various parties was tough, but the weight loss (and Helen) kept me motivated.”
Seeing Caroline do so well, Ben wanted in on the action and, as Caroline had become a Consultant, he became her first client.
“I started at 21st 7lbs, with a BMI well over 41. With the help and support of Caroline, I lost more than 8st 7lbs. It’s hard to believe I was carrying that much excess weight around every day,” he said.
Since losing weight, both Caroline and Ben have been mistaken for someone else.
“Ben’s weight dropped off him so drastically that one teacher thought I’d got myself a new man. I was quick to assure her that I hadn’t and even showed her pictures of our transformations as evidence. Then my own sister didn’t recognise me one night when I was walking our dog. Not only do we look like new people, but we feel like it too; it’s amazing how much energy we both now have.
“Looking back, we can’t believe how big we’d allowed ourselves to become. Winning the In It Together award was fantastic; a real treat at the end of our weight-loss journey.”
Ben has kept a pair of his XXXL trousers as a keepsake to remind him of how large he once was.
“I find it hard to put into words just what an unbelievable difference this has made to my life. For the first time ever, when I go out with the kids it is them who are tired of playing before I am. I have now taken up running and gone from not being able to run up the stairs without being breathless, to running 13km plus at least three times a week. I could not have achieved these things without Cambridge Weight Plan and Caroline’s support.
“I am certain I have added a significant number of years on to my life . . . years I am looking forward to sharing with Caroline and our children, and with a self-confidence and healthy outlook I have never had before.”
If you need some motivation or a kick-start to your weight-loss journey, join our #CWP60Day Challenge – you might be surprised at how much you could lose in 60 days!
The weight lost and/or time frames are particular to this slimmer. Everyone’s weight-loss journey is unique to them.