Super slim pair back Mail campaign

TWO super slimmers have started the year with a fantastic new look after shedding 90lb between them.

And the family health workers with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust today urged other people to follow their example by backing the Hartlepool Mail’s Race For Fitness campaign.

Patient safety co-ordinator and senior midwife Janet Alderton has lost a fantastic 54lb and dropped three dress sizes since the beginning of May last year.

Her colleague, personal assistant Michelle Allison, is also looking super-slim after losing 37lb and also dropping three dress sizes since last March.

Janet, from Hartlepool, joined WeightWatchers to help her on the way to kick-starting a healthier lifestyle.

She said: “I personally wanted to lose weight. I didn’t want it to be a quick fix – its got to be long term.

“I’ve still got a little way to go, but the hard work has certainly paid off.

“It’s really encouraging when a colleague is also losing weight. We’ve been able to support each other.

“I’ve recently become a member of Springs gym in Hartlepool.

“Christmas has been a healthy Christmas.

“It’s not worth un-doing all of that hard work.

“I’ve done this for myself, but it’s nice when family and friends notice. Our families have been amazed with the change.”

Meanwhile, Michelle chose not to join a weight loss group, but stuck to a healthy eating plan, boosting her exercise regime with Zumba classes and regular trips to Splash, in Stockton. Colleagues have watched their transformation with admiration.

Michelle said: “It’s nice to receive a compliment. It’s really encouraging to have that support from your colleagues.

“My husband has even lost weight without realising. Once you’ve begun to lead a healthier lifestyle, it just becomes a way of life.

“We both love shopping – it’s nice to pick up a bargain.

“It’s a great way to treat yourself too. I’ve still got a way to go, but we’re both really proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”

The pair also backed the Mail’s Race For Fitness campaign in which we are asking 2,012 people to improve their health by the time the Olympics are launched on July 27, describing it as a “really good idea”.