Name: Lorraine Marson
Height: 5ft 6.5
Start size: 18
Current size: 8
Lorraine Marson says she is living proof that Cambridge Weight Plan works. Not only has it transformed her figure, but her weight loss has enabled her to follow her dream career…
“I overcame 20 plus years of obesity and can finally achieve my lifelong dream of being a fitness instructor.
“My obesity as a child was the target of bullies . . . from primary through secondary school and into college. I decided to change the way I looked and at 18 attended a gym for two years and lost a total of one stone!
“Fed up, I decided to enjoy my life . . . partying and boozy holidays. I was still unhappy. I wasn’t the size I wanted to be or comfortable within my skin. I decided once again to become more active by hitting the gym and eating healthily. I even started working at a leisure centre as a customer sales advisor, but was told I couldn’t sell gym memberships to individuals looking the way I did.
“The pressure to look the part was immense. I exercised three times a day and got into my first ever size 12. I finally looked the part and wanted to be a life coach as I had developed a strong passion for fitness and dancing.
“I maintained for about five years and then started developing a lot of health symptoms which affected my mobility and breathing. After numerous tests I was informed that I have pre-condition lupus. This condition contributed to me gaining substantial amounts of weight over the years, as I was unable to do weight bearing exercises and could not keep up my strict regime.
“I no longer looked the part for the fitness industry and decided to focus on things I was good at, rather than what I had a passion for – I completed my law degree.
“Other events that played a significant role in my weight gain were my sister’s death, becoming the guardian to my (at the time) three-year-old niece, my mother having a brain haemorrhage, junk food being relatively cheap . . . the list goes on.
“10 years later and I was at 17 plus stones and with no hope of having a healthy BMI. The turning point came after going on holiday with my little one. The shame of seeing myself looking horrifying in a swimming costume and the guilt of refusing to go into the water with my niece. I was not only hurting myself, but depriving her of enjoyment.
“A work colleague told me about Cambridge Weight Plan but, at first, I had no self-belief I would ever reach a healthy BMI, let alone be within the 10 stone region.
“It was tough at first but I never gave in as I knew I was doing it for a reason. Weeks past and my disbelief started shifting. I gave myself weekly targets to achieve and my Consultant told me to start considering a sport I would be willing to take up, as exercise is a critical part of any healthy living lifestyle.
“It took me nearly a month to find some form of exercise which could assist with my weight loss and not affect my health condition: trampoline fitness.
“Over the months I started moving up the Steps. This was the scariest part of the Plan, as I had no idea that consuming conventional food would still assist with my weight loss. But I learnt about portion sizes, avoiding processed foods and how to resist temptation.
“10 months later I reached my target weight. It has been tough but I have been empowered to look further into the right type of food sources to keep my condition in remission.
“The compliments I have received from people have been amazing. Even after maintaining for a year, I still receive compliments about how far I have come.
“I am also now a fitness instructor, about to teach my first Boogie Bounce class and starting my Masters degree in nutrition!”
The weight lost and/or time frames are particular to this slimmer. Everyone’s weight-loss journey is unique to them.