Cleckheaton mum's body transformation helps her rekindle her relationship

Cheryl before her weight loss transformation
-Credit: (Image: Slimming World)

A woman has showed off her impressive body transformation after she managed to lose an incredible two stone with Slimming World - and saved her marriage in the process.

Like many of us, Cheryl Simpson, 52, from Cleckheaton, gained weight and stopped exercising during lockdown, her newfound habits of convenience foods and limited exercise continued well after the lockdown was over as she struggled adjust to a new normal.

Cheryl said her weight and negative self image was having a negative effect on her relationship as she had no confidence. She knew when she began struggling to put on her own shoes that it was time to make a change.

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She said: “Enough was enough when I struggled to fasten my own shoes, even putting them on was difficult due the weight around my middle. My clothes didn’t fit, I couldn’t fasten my coat and I hated looking at myself in the mirror. I was on a real downer and that was the final straw!"

Having been a Slimming World member before and knowing that the freedom of the Food Optimising would work well for her and her busy lifestyle, balancing work and a young family, she found her local group and decided to join.

Cheryl loves the plan as she never has to go hungry. She says she can eat a huge range of foods and even allow treats in moderation. Cheryl continued: “Our favourite family meals include curries; a nice bulky stir-fry and a plain old spaghetti bolognese, all meals we can enjoy together. I leave group with so many tips, we share ideas and getting all the advice and support helps enormously.

Cheryl after her weight loss transformation
Cheryl after her weight loss transformation -Credit:Slimming World

“I even joined the gym and have gone from being really unfit to being able to do so much more exercise with ease. My body Confidence is back! My clothes fit and I feel nice again!

"Before losing my weight I would cover myself up in front of my husband and now that my body confidence has returned, I feel more comfortable in my own skin and our relationship has been rekindled."

Cheryl has felt other health benefits too, she added: "The aches and joint pain I used to get after a long dog walk have disappeared, I feel so much more energetic and healthier. I’m sleeping better because of my healthy diet and regular exercise, and I believe that some of my menopause symptoms I had have gone too!...and yes I can now put my shoes on with ease, even sitting with my legs crossed is easier. It sounds silly but I couldn’t even do that comfortably. If anyone is thinking about joining Slimming World I say just do it, it works, it works for everyone. You’ll be so glad you did!"

Cheryl’s Consultant Carol said: “Cheryl has been incredible throughout her weight loss journey, she fully engaged with our Body Magic programme from the outset and her fit active lifestyle has helped her maintain her happy weight since reaching her target in June 2023.

"Cheryl is a key member of our group who shares her experience, recipe ideas, top swaps, she encourages and supports her friends in group, and I’ve seen a real shift in Cheryl’s mindset. She loves and respects herself again and is proud of her own achievements. Seeing her confidence grow throughout her weight loss and as target member has been a joy to see!" If you’d love to find out more about your local Slimming World group, click here.

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