A full-time child minder and mum of two has reaped the rewards of disciplined dieting after shedding five stone - and five dress sizes - with the help of a Haverhill slimming club.
Jo Taylor joined Slimming World in September 2014 after her daily life became, by her own admission ‘a struggle’.
Walking had become painful and looking after not only her own children, Thomas, seven and Lily, four-and-a-half, but those in her daily care was becoming tiring.
At 18st 11lbs, walking from her home in Stanton Place up the steep hill to Westfield Primary Academy had become tough going and something had to be done.
Jo, who has now reached her target weight of 13st 9lbs, said: “I joined because of health issues.
“I’m a child minder and I walk up to school a lot and I was struggling to walk with a lot of joint pain, hence I decided I had to do something about it so I joined Slimming World.”
Clothes shopping had become a nightmare for Jo and her self esteem was at an all time low. By her own admission she lived on rubbish; crisps, biscuits and cakes. A picker who emotionally ate.
She admits that joining Slimming World has changed her life and helped change how she and the family eat. They now eat lots of fruit and freshly cooked meals, while still having treats.
Having lost five stone Jo is pain free when walking and full of energy for her own children and those in her care.
The groups that she attended had the added bonus of helping her make new friends and going to a group is now a big part of her week.
Jo added: “I feel lots better. I’ve got confidence now. I didn’t go out and have many photos taken. Now I can shop in modern clothes shops and I feel a lot healthier as well.”
Although she has now hit her own target, Jo is continuing to attend the weekly meetings as they provide the support and motivation that make the difference.
She said: “It really does help going because you listen to other people’s stories and you feel motivated when you hear what other people have lost and you think I can do that.”
Because of her work commitments, Jo was able to go to any of the weekly groups that meet at the New Croft, which are as follows: Tuesdays with Jo at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Wednesdays with Tania at 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For details call Tania on 07974565229.