Joanne looks ahead to a healthy future

Joanne as she looks now
Joanne as she looks now
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MANY people manage to lose weight.

Not everyone manages to keep it off once the pounds have disappeared.

Mum-of-three Joanne Liddle did. She had the perfect incentive to turn her life around.

The 39-year-old from Owton Manor, in Hartlepool, said: “My children are my motivation; I don’t want them to be like I was.”

Joanne was referred to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s health trainer service by her GP in April 2009, weighing 17 stone 5lb.

With the help of a health trainer, Joanne has now reached her target weight which was 9st 13lb. She is now down to a dress size of 10-12.

Joanne said: “Before, I couldn’t imagine myself growing old.

“Weight loss has to be gradual – that’s how I’m managing to maintain my target weight. I didn’t used to do any exercise but now I do about 15 hours exercise each week. I love going out on my bike and swimming. My children enjoy swimming too, so it’s great we’ve found something we all enjoy.

“I go to the gym too – I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite way to keep fit but I knew I had to do it. Gavin, one of the personal trainers at Brierton Community Sports Centre, has been a great help.

“I’ve kept a book of photos of what I used to look like in comparison to how I am now.

“I’ve found healthy food I enjoy. It’s all about eating the right food and the right portion sizes. I still enjoy a treat every now and again.

“I’m now looking forward to a happy and healthy future.”

Senior health trainer Pam Cairns said: “Joanne has proved just what can be achieved with a little bit of extra support and help, which is what we are here for.

“Most people want to enjoy a better, healthier lifestyle. No-one finds it easy on their own and often people need a little bit of extra help or encouragement to keep going.

“We worked together to set some small, achievable goals and with Joanne’s hard work and determination she’s been able to start leading a happier, healthier and fitter life.”

Anyone wanting more details about the health trainer service for the Hartlepool and Stockton areas should contact (01642) 853998

Jo’s top 10 tips for a losing weight – and keeping it off

1. Keep busy.

2. Drink plenty of water.

3. Buy something a size smaller for motivation.

4. Take plenty of photos.

5. Measure yourself from head to toe.

6. Reward your progress with a new item of clothing.

7. Try a range of exercises and find one you enjoy most.

8. Keep a diary of your weight loss to look back on.

9. Keep an item of clothing from the start, so you can try it on to see how well you’ve done.

10. Try out new recipes, get some containers so you can put your meals into portions and freeze them for a quick tea later in the week.