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An Alvaston mum has lost five-and-a-half stone after her son told her he was embarrassed to be seen with her because of her size.
Mother-of-five Teresa Baggett, aged 41, from London Road, Wilmorton, said the remark by her 18-year-old son Liam provided the inspiration she needed to slim down from her size 22 dress size.
She signed up to her local Slimming World, based at the Alvaston and Boulton Welfare Club, weighing in at 15 stone and 10 lbs in 2015 and in 19 months she has slimmed down to 10 stone 2 lbs and now fits into size 12 clothes.
Teri said: "When Liam said he was was embarrassed to walk down the street with me that was the wake-up call I needed. It made me determined to lose weight.
"I have five young grandchildren as well and I did not want them to be embarrassed in the future.”
She said she had tried other diets in the past without success but following the Slimming World plan helped her lose weight and get active.
"After I lost two-and-a-half stone, I felt so much better that I decided to take up more regular exercise. I am very active with my work anyway, as a cleaner, but I decided I was going to do a bit more just to help me and invested in a treadmill and rowing machine."
That helped her shift the extra pounds to reach her target weight and she is now delighted as she has more energy to play with her grandchildren.
She said: "Going down so many dress sizes has made me feel brilliant. I’m so much comfier wearing a size 12. I have more choices of clothing and shops that I can go to. I feel so much better.”
She said she found the weight loss plan simple and making small changes to her diet made a big difference - such as swapping white pasta to wholemeal and using Frylite instead of cooking oil.
Teri also cut down on the foods that caused her weight gain in the first place - takeaways and snacking.
She added: “There’s a takeaway on my doorstep. If I was having a day where I couldn’t be bothered to cook, I would go there. I would also go to the corner shop to get crisps and chocolate whereas now I eat fruit.”
She confessed that the hardest part of her journey was actually joining Slimming World.
She recalled: “It was really difficult at the beginning just walking through the doors. I was stood outside for about 20 minutes. I was embarrassed being the size I was but I got there. I got to know all the other members and it’s the members that help you- it’s like a family.”
"For anyone else who wants to lose weight, my advice for would be do not be too scared or embarrassed to join a group. They are there to help and support and get you through your journey. You will make some lovely friends too.”
The Alvaston and Boulton Welfare Club Slimming World Teri attended runs on a Wednesday at three different times: 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
Slimming World helps its members by recommending a certain amount of “syns” they are allowed to eat each day. This is calculated on their weight when they first join the group. Members are also provided with a list of “free foods”, which is food of no “syn” value and can be eaten at any time of the day in unlimited amounts.