by STACEY HEANEY
Bernie Walsh presents Jennifer
Cobbett with an award for losing
100Ibs / 7st 2lbs through the
WeightWatcher plan. US2108-403PM
LISBURN woman Jennifer Cobbett has lost 100
pounds - and she is over the moon about it.
|100 pounds Jennifer did not mind losing
Jennifer has shed over seven stone since
joining the local WeightWatchers group just over two years ago,
to go from a size 24 to a size 12.
Jennifer reached the landmark total in recent
weeks and was presented with a special certificate to mark the
feat, however she is still determined to reach her eight stone
Jennifer explained, "I had always wanted to
lose weight but what motivated me to go to WeightWatchers was
when a girl I know lost weight with them. I said to her that I
wanted to lose weight but that I would miss crisps and
chocolate. She told me that essentially you didn't have to give
up what I like eating, you just have to choose healthier
versions and eat less of them.
is really not a diet," said Jennifer, "it is not about eating
new food, it is about making better choices and eating better
foods. In class you get all the latest tips, other members will
bring in food packets showing foods that are low fat and tasty.
I don't classify it as a diet; it is a change of lifestyle."
Jennifer, who has shed 7st 2lbs to go from
19st 4.5Ibs to 12st 2lbs, said that her confidence has risen
from her weight loss and spoke of the effects being overweight
had on her life.
"There was only one shop I could shop in to
get clothes to fit me. Other than that all I could do was to
mail order from catalogues so that I didn't have to go into a
shop and try clothes on, where I would face the possibility it
wouldn't fit me and I would have to go out and get a bigger
size. My wardrobe was very limited when I was overweight, now I
am a 12/14 and I can shop in whatever shop I want to. Overall
I'm more confident in any situation, It's not just clothes, I'm
more confident going out and talking to people as well. '
Jennifer is continuing on her weight loss
journey, having set herself a target of losing eight stone. She
commented, "I'm hoping to get to 1 1st 4.5lbs, that's the target
I set for myself."
Speaking about her WeightWatchers experience
Jennifer said, "There were no expectations. I lost one and a
half to two and a half pounds a week, I had five stone off in
the first year, as it gets lower it gets more difficult.
Sometimes you expect to lose more and you get downhearted but
Bernie keeps you going, she has been my rock and has kept me
Jennifer plans to continue with
WeightWatchers once she hits her target weight and she would
recommend the programme to anyone looking to lose weight.
"Anybody who is in anyway unhappy with their
weight should go," she said. "Men, women, anyone should go
along. I was terrified going on my own but Bernie was really
relaxed, she just weighed me and told me I was l9st 4.5Ibs and
said let's go for the 18 stone range, she was happy for me to
lose half a pound to one pound a week, losing one pound a week
adds up to four stone a year. "The difference in my life is like
night and day," Jennifer concluded.