A super slimmer has been named Busby’s Slimming World ‘Woman of the Year’ 2018 thanks to her life-changing 3 1/2 st weight loss.
Catherine Doherty, 50, from Clarkston, has gone from 14st 7lbs to 11st and in just 29 weeks reached her personal target weight.
Slimming World’s Woman of the Year competition recognises the achievements of thousands of women up and down the country who have made long-term healthy lifestyle changes.
Catherine, who has gone from a dress size 16/18 to a 12, said: “I never could have dreamt that I’d be in this position when I first began my weight loss journey. Losing weight has made such a big difference to me. My health is better, I have more energy, I’m happier and I feel more comfortable in my own skin.”
She joined Slimming World in January 2018 after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size.
Catherine continued: “I started to put on weight after having my children. I tried lots of different ways to lose weight but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable – or both, in fact. With Slimming World it’s completely different.
“My family and friends are all amazed by how much I can eat and still lose weight. I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like Spaghetti Bolognese. Now I just prepare and cook them differently – and they taste so much better. I never have to miss out and I don’t have to get hung up on weighing and measuring everything I eat.
“I’ve picked up lots of new healthy recipes from the other members at my Slimming World group, too.
“I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club because they don’t know what to expect. Right from the first moment I walked into my Slimming World group I felt comfortable though, and the support I’ve received has been amazing. I look forward to going each week to catch up with all of my new friends and share tips, recipes and advice. I just love it!”
Catherine lost 4lbs in her first week and was blown away that the changes she’d made had such a big impact so quickly. As the weight started to come off, her fitness improved Catherine now loves walking.
She said: “I feel like a different woman to the one who walked into Slimming World 8 months ago and winning Woman of the Year is a real honour because there are so many amazing women in our group. I remember feeling like there was no hope when it came to my weight, but I’ve realised that when people believe in you – and you believe in yourself – you can do anything you set your mind to.
“I really hope my weight loss can inspire other people to get started on their own journey and know that there’s a whole group of people waiting to support them every step of the way – especially at the Busby group. My goal now is to stay at my target weight for life, which I know I can do.”
Linda Parrott, who runs the Busby group, says: “I’m so proud of Catherine. She’s a fantastic ambassador for Slimming World and what she’s achieved is nothing short of incredible. She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women – and men – in Busby to change their lives in the same way.”
The Busby Slimming World group is held every Tuesday at 7.30pm at Busby Masonic Hall, Hawthorn Rd. To join or find out more call Linda on 07730349212.