Find out how these super slimmers are fit not fat

Super slimmers from Slimming World at Houghton, from left; Jean Smurthwaite, Catherine Blake, Michael Savage, Sandra Savage and Marie Mills during their class at St Michael's Church Hall.
Super slimmers from Slimming World at Houghton, from left; Jean Smurthwaite, Catherine Blake, Michael Savage, Sandra Savage and Marie Mills during their class at St Michael's Church Hall.
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OVERWEIGHT OAPs are proving it’s never too late to ditch the weight.

Around 40 per cent of members at a Houghton slimming club are of pensionable age, but it hasn’t stopped them from shedding the pounds for a lighter life.

Couple Michael and Sandra Savage, of East Rainton, are some of the slimmers who attend Slimming World at St Michael’s Church Hall.

Sandra, 66, who is married to Michael, 77, said: “We are pretty active, we dance and fell walk and have a mobile home, but we had fallen into a rut.

“We like our food and we were eating too much of the wrong thing. A lot of our clothes were having to go into the loft because we didn’t fit into them any more.”

Since joining Slimming World in February, Sandra has gone from 10st 2lb to 9st 2lb and Michael has dropped from 12st 7lb to 11st.

Sandra, who with Michael have three children between them, said: “We walk around and think why don’t people do something about their weight when they are struggling to walk or breathe. To me, it’s not a diet, it’s just changing your habits of eating.

“We feel much fitter now. We do 50/50 sequence dancing and on Sunday we were never off the dance floor.

“We’ve even beaten one of our children on the Wii game.”

She added: “There’s a lot of different ages in the class and everybody supports each other. You don’t feel like you’re held up to ridicule at all.

“Nobody should feel frightened to do something about their weight, whatever their age.”

Janet Gritton, Slimming World consultant, said: “My Monday morning session has nine target members who are all OAPs who have lost their weight by eating normal healthy recipes such as shepherds pie with vegetables and home-made soups and other nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy.

“Slimming World’s food optimising eating plan is based on foods like fruit vegetables, rice, pasta, pulses, potatoes, fish and lean meat which we call free foods. They go into making healthy meals that will fill you up and keep you full for longer.”

She added: “The group have now got a healthier lifestyle which has got huge benefits such as feeling healthier, able to go for a walk without getting breathless, lower cholesterol, low blood pressure as well as feeling fitter and more mobile.”

•Slimming World meets at St Michael’s Catholic Church hall, Durham Road, Houghton on Mondays at 9.30am, 5pm and 7pm. For details contact Janet on 07881 981455.

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