A happy couple from Glengormley are celebrating after winning a local slimming competition.
Gary and Catherine George, who between them have lost nearly 14 stone, have transformed their lives since joining the Glengormley Slimming World group. And now they’re delighted to have been voted the group’s Couple of the Year for 2014.
The Ulster Rugby fans, who have been married for 33 years and have two children, joined Slimming World after realising that their weight was making them unhappy and putting their health at risk.
“In February 2012 we realised we didn’t recognise the people we saw in the mirror anymore and we knew it was affecting our health, so that was when we decided we had to do something,” explained 56-year-old Gary, who has Type 2 diabetes.
Warning that being overweight increases the risk of developing a long list of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer, Suzi Blair, the Slimming World consultant who runs the Glengormley group, says that one in four people in the UK and 62 per cent of people in Newtownabbey are so severely overweight their health is at serious risk.
Losing a combined weight of nearly 14 stone since joining Suzi’s Monday evening group, Gary and Catherine are no longer part of that statistic. Gary lost 5st 11lbs and Catherine has dropped 8st so far by following Slimming World’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan. And their fellow slimmers have been so impressed that they’ve crowned Gary and Catherine the group’s Couple of the Year 2014.
“I expected losing weight to be hard work but it hasn’t been at all. We still enjoy all of our favourite meals, but we’ve learned how to make small changes to the way we cook them so they’re much healthier,” Gary continued. “We both feel great and I definitely feel like I’ve got the old Catherine back, the true love of my life.”
Catherine added: “At first I was nervous about joining a slimming club but everyone was so friendly and supportive right from day one and now we look forward to seeing everyone each week. I think what really worked for us was losing weight together because it meant we had support from each other as well as from the rest of the group.”
For more information about the Glengormley Slimming World group call Suzi on 07999 665620.