How a Hyde mother managed to lose more than five stone
Friday 27th January 2017 14:21 Hyde News Posted by Adam Higgins

A mother-of-one from Hyde has defied even her own expectations to successfully lose more than five stone, thanks to Weight Watchers.

A self-confessed chocolate lover, Jane Barlow struggled to reduce her weight and, like so many other dieters, would lose a couple of pounds and then put the weight straight back on.

She didn’t cook and lived off ready meals and takeaways but, after reaching 16-and-a-half stone, the 47-year-old decided enough was enough.

She ditched the takeaways, cooked her own meals from scratch and the weight started to fall off.

A once yo-yo dieter, Jane – who is a clerk for a bank in Manchester – has managed to lose an impressive five-and-a-half stone and she is intent on keeping it off for good.

“I have been losing weight on and off since having a child 23 years ago but I never did it properly,” Jane told the Reporter.

“Then, the day before I turned 40 eight years ago, I decided I didn’t want to be fat and unfit at 40 so I started to take it more seriously and went to Weight Watchers.

“I’m very determined to keep the weight off. My Weight Watchers leader holds seven meetings every week in Tameside – mainly in Ashton and Hyde – and I join to help out on three of them.

“At the meetings I get weighted every week which keeps me motivated. If I didn’t I’d probably go back to what I used to be.

“My goal weight is to be half a stone under what I am so when you go on holiday you don’t have to worry about it and can come back knowing you’re still at a good weight.”

Although Jane was not a fan of exercise, she wanted to do something special so booked a charity trek up Kilimanjaro in 2013 and then climbed Macchu Picchu in Peru two years later – experiences she described as life-changing.

“Through work we decided to do something for charity every year and some people did the Great Wall of China which I’d loved to have done but I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” said Jane (pictured, left).

“But the year after, a friend said let’s do Kilimanjaro which I was unsure about at first but I agreed to do it. I worked towards it by starting the diet, walking four times a week and training for about a year.

“We did it and it was a brilliant experience. It completely changes your life and how you think about things. We did Macchu Picchu in June 2015 which I felt was hard but easier than Kilimanjaro.”

Now at 11st 7lbs, Jane continues to eat healthily and exercise on a regular basis – and gave a piece of advice to anyone who wishes to shed some pounds.

“I continue my fitness regime – I go to the gym and swim every morning before work. I also walk three times a week,” added Jane, who lives close to Morrisons off Princess Street in Hyde.

“Even if I go on holiday, I’ll still do the exercise. It’s life-changing as it makes you not want to lie on the sunbed and actually want to do something. It gives me a totally different outlook.”

“I was doing every diet under the sun before I went to Weight Watchers and I recommend that everyone should try it, even if it’s just a bit at a time, because it was great.

“I never imagined I’d do anything like it but it’s amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it.”

 

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Transformation: Jane before, during and after her incredible weight loss