TWO members of the same family are slimming superstars.
Kathryn Brown, from Golborne, and her uncle Paul Holyland, from Hindley, shed nearly 12 stone between them in less than a year to become Westleigh Slimming World’s Couple of the Year.
Paul, 47, lost five stone nine pounds and Kathryn, 30, lost six stone over a period of around 10 months, after joining the weekly classes in Westleigh.
Paul signed up for Slimming World after he realised his weight, which had reached more than 26 stone, was seriously affecting his health and family life.
However, he says he had something of a shock when he turned up to the classes.
He said: “My wife Dianne signed me up, and at first I thought we were both going. I thought she was doing it, and I would be going along to support her, but when I got there it was just me.
“I soon settled into it, and started seeing real changes as I lost weight. I’d tried dieting before, but never been to classes.
“It was really friendly, and everyone was going through the same experience, so we could swap ideas and advice, and support each other through the difficult weeks.”
Paul says losing weight has transformed his life and that of his family, and has made him more determined to continue losing weight.
He said: “Before I joined the classes I didn’t want to do anything on my days off, I found just walking up and down stairs a chore, and I was always out of breath.
“Now we’ve got a dog, so I’ve been taking her for walks, my kids get me out going jogging and walking at the weekends, and we had a really active, sporty holiday at Center Parcs last summer, which we all enjoyed so much we’re going again.
“I’ve become a much better husband and father too because of it.”
Kathryn decided to join the slimming classes about six to eight weeks after her uncle started.
She said: “I decided to join because my uncle said it was really easy, and I’d not always been successful trying diets in the past.
“I started to notice the difference really quickly, because I lost two stone within the first couple of months, and that immediately made me want to put the effort in and stick at it.
“Now I’m so much more active in the nursery where I work, and able to help the children, and join in so much more than I could before.
“My uncle and I are always chatting about things and advising each other, and I try to help other members of the group, too.”
Paul and Kathryn both say their successes have made them determined to continue enjoying their new healthier lives, with Paul trying to reach his target weight of 20 stone, and Kathryn hoping to lose another two stone over the next couple of months.