Two slimmers who have lost more than 14 stone between them have put their weight loss down to eating sensibly and a Banbury boxercise class.
Michelle Knaggs, 38, of Middleton Cheney and Robin Wood, 36, of Hearthway, Banbury say their ‘do-able’ Slimming World diet and the classes at Dave Earle’s Spit n Sawdust gym have been a winning combination in the weight loss game.
While Mrs Knaggs – who was 20 stone – has lost six stone since January, Mr Wood has shed eight of 25 stone since the end of March.
Mr Earle, who trains the pair in boxercise and circuit training sessions, said: “They’ve done brilliantly well. Michelle has won her Slimming World group’s Woman of the Year award after losing six and a half stone and Robin has lost eight stone two.
“When Robin first came to me he had to lie on the floor to throw the ball in our sit-up exercise. Now he does sit ups to throw as well as anyone else in the gym.”
Mr Wood, a support assistant at the Cheshire Home, said: “My aim is to lose ten stone by Christmas.
“I decided to start slimming after a carpal tunnel operation which I almost didn’t have because they felt I may be too overweight to have the general anaesthetic.
“It has been my first proper attempt. When I went to Slimming World I thought I was about 19 stone, not more than 25! My eating habits have changed quite a bit. Chips are off and I eat less chocolate and junk food and more fruit and vegetables. If I do fancy a takeaway I have a Chinese, which isn’t as fattening as many.”
Mr Ward, a keen rugby and basketball player at school, is keen on his exercise classes and often doubles up, working out in two consecutive sessions.
Mother-of-two Mrs Knaggs started her diet on January 8. She was a size 26 and is now a size 14.
“My motivation was my children, Thomas and Hannah who are two and five, and vanity. I was fed up of going shopping and not being able to get into anything,” she said. “I lost about three stone before I started exercising. I felt it wasn’t shifting quickly enough so I started walking around the fields and that led to jogging – in the fields where no one could see me!
“I started eating less fattening food, cutting out bread and eating more fruit and veg. I hated veg but I love all vegetables now. Life was difficult enough as it was for my children, with me waddling up the playground to collect them, and it was no good me telling them to eat up their vegetables if I wasn’t prepared to do the same!”
She said the diet does not starve her and allows such food as oven chips if a low-fat spray is used in place of oil.
Now Mrs Knaggs is running 10k, five days a week, and is planning to run a half marathon.
“I needed upper body toning and Dave’s gym was recommended,” she said.
“People in there are all very genuine; all ages and sizes and all very friendly. I go three times a week.”
Mrs Knaggs’ ultimate goal is to lose another three stone and to run the London Marathon. She has found running addictive.
Mr Earle described their success at slimming and getting fit as ‘a life changing experience’ for each.