Grandmother sheds two stone after buying £6 item from Vinted

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Angela Schofield had tried all kinds of slimming methods throughout her life but found her weight yo-yoed for years. -Credit:Angela Schofield

Angela Schofield, a 54 year old gran, has shed an impressive two stone thanks to a £6 buy from Vinted.

The A&E receptionist, who had long battled with her weight, took a novel approach to slimming down in July 2023.

Ditching the usual calorie counting and restrictive diet plans, Angela invested in a weighted hula hoop from the online marketplace and watched as the weight began to fall away. She shared: "I don't do any calorie counting because I couldn't afford it with the cost of living."

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"I thought, I'll do this without, and managed to get myself a weighted hula hoop. With that, I didn't need to join a gym and could do it no matter what the weather. I spend five to 10 minutes a day doing that. I also try to walk a bit more."

Initially tipping the scales at 17st 10lbs and wearing size 24 when she joined Beeweighed, a slimming group, Angela acknowledges that her weight gain was fuelled by night shifts, mindless snacking, and too many takeaways, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Reflecting on her path to fitness, she remarked: "(The fitness drive) got me thinking about whether I really wanted (food) or whether I was just having it because it was there".

Now, if she's tempted by cravings, Angela opts for water first, adding: "Now I'll go and have some water first and go back half an hour later to see if I still want it."

Trimming down her alcohol intake notably boosted her weight loss efforts. She admitted, "I still have alcohol, I will hold my hands up. I love my white wine. I could easily go through a bottle in an evening, have a glass with my tea. Now I don't bother unless I go out. I also try and be more organised planning meals."

"It's just things like that which have slightly changed. It hasn't been easy, it has been hard. Old habits and routines are hard to break."

Angela hailing from Ashton-under-Lyne, may dream of hitting a 14-stone landmark, but she remains deeply contented with the headway shes made.

"[My weight] affected my mood. I didn't want to go out. I was so low every time I looked in the mirror. I didn't like what I saw and my clothing was getting bigger and bigger then you find yourself hiding in the clothing."

"I feel amazing now. It's the simple things like not struggling to put a pair of socks on or painting my toenails. I was so ecstatic when I could do it myself."

"I've reached my target weight but I wanted to do it in small stages. I want to get to the 14 stone range by April 20 I've got Ladies Day and a lovely red dress I'd like to get a bit looser."

The owner of Greater Manchester and Cheshire slimming group Beeweighed - that also hosts nationwide Zoom sessions - Lynda Leadbetter voiced, "Angela is absolutely crushing her weight loss goals and thoroughly enjoying the meetings led by our fantastic leader, Mel."

"Mel expressed how Angela plays a significant role in the group and she couldn't be prouder of her achievements."