Members of a Newbiggin by the Sea slimming club are celebrating their year of success.
The Slimming World members have lost a total of 430 stone between them – the equivalent of almost 39 women with an average weight of 11.7 stone.
One success story is Mark and Lisa Robertson, who made it to the national semi-finals of Slimming World’s Couple of the Year 2018 competition.
They beat off competition from 900,000 members after being voted their group’s couple of the year by fellow members.
The pair, from Newbiggin By The Sea, have lost 11st 3.5lbs between them.
Mark, 49, who lost 5st 13lbs, said: “While I’d been feeling uncomfortable about my weight for some time, I never really felt quite ready to do anything about it. However, as soon as I realised Lisa was unhappy with her weight too, it made sense to try to tackle it together.
“Slimming World seemed the perfect fit for us. We could go as a couple and support each other along the way, as well as benefitting from all of the amazing support from our group.
“From the outset we started enjoying healthier home-cooked meals, and it definitely wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be.
“The change in both of us has been remarkable – it’s like we both have a whole new lease of life.”
Mark and Lisa were the only couple from Northumberland at the semi-finals at Slimming World’s head office in Derbyshire on May 20. Unfortunately, they weren’t the winners, but the couple were delighted to make it so far.
Lisa, 44, who lost 5st 4.5lbs, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we made it to the semi-finals, it’s way beyond what we could have imagined when we first decided to join Slimming World.
“We already feel like winners because we’ve won the biggest prize out there – we feel great and we know we’ve got a long, healthy, happy life to look forward to together now.”
Wendy Thompson, who runs the group, said: “I had been a consultant in Newbiggin for a year on May 30 and was interested to see what the groups had lost in that year. Our total weight loss is 430 stone.
“My groups have achieved so much in a year. I have a member who has reversed type 2 diabetes, other members who are improving their health, members who have done the London Marathon who didn’t run before they started Slimming World, and members training for the Great North Run.”