A husband and wife who have lost eight stones between them have agreed to tell their story after reading their own daughter’s inspirational weight loss journey in the Longridge News.
Laura Smith lost seven-and-a-half stones through Longridge Weight Watchers and now her mum and dad, Janet and Jed Smith, have told how they also adopted a healthier lifestyle.
Jed first joined the group with Laura. He said: “The day I decided to join Weight Watchers I was sat on the edge of the bed trying to fasten my laces on my trainers and was struggling because of how overweight and unfit I was.
“My daughter and I both joined at the same time and having the support of each other helped motivate us.
“When I first started I was very unfit and struggled doing the simplest of tasks such as walking up the stairs - things like this motivated me to get fit and lose weight.”
As Jed and Laura began to shed weight, Janet also thought about joining.
They both look fantastic and I know they feel fantastic tooWeight Watchers’ leader
But said she was nervous at first.
She said: “I work at the local Co-op and I was worried I’d be embarassed because I know so many people, but I soon found out this wasn’t a problem at all.
“All the Weight Watchers members are so friendly and supportive, it’s like being part of a big family.”
Jed lost more than four stones to reach his goal and Janet has also lost nearly four stones, to date.
They both say they feel 100 per cent fitter, healthier and more confident and an added benefit has been the improvement of Jed’s cooking skills, using the cookbooks to create various meals.
Group leader Claire Anderson said: “In the Weight Watchers’ community he’s become an online celebrity chef as he posts photos of his fabulous meals to help inspire other members.
“I’m so proud of Janet and Jed, they’ve become a key part of our Weight Watchers family in Longridge and contribute massively to our success by inspiring other members.
“They both look fantastic and I know they feel fantastic too.”