Meet the team who are going to get fitter in 2015.. Part 2

Let me introduce the final 5 people who are joining us over the next 3 months to share their journey into a healthier lifs-syle and make a difference for themselves.. There may be more who join us on the way.

I'm Charlotte,  I'm 38 and need to lose some weight and get fitter for many reasons.  My little girl is 3 and really do need to lose some baby weight now! Plus my partner does triathlons and so is extremely fit and active and I feel like a blob in comparison!

I also need to be open about this - since I had my little girl I've had 4 miscarriages.  Being pregnant for essentially 4 years has taken its toll on my body (plus the inevitable wine and brie binges!) plus the Dr's can't find a reason so all they say is to lose weight.

All this means my self esteem is pretty shot and slimming groups fill me with terror but my head is in a better place to do this than it has been for a while. 

Plus my partner has decided we're jetting off on a beach holiday in the future. There is the risk Greenpeace will try to put me back in the sea so some drastic bikini action is needed!!!!

Apologies for over sharing ☺


Hi, I’m Ellen and I’m 35. I am privileged to be called Mum by 4 fantastic children. A 13-year-old daughter and 3 sons aged 11, 10 and 6 years old. It certainly does have its challenges, but they are far weighed out by the good times :-)

I have been married to James, my childhood sweetheart, for the past 15 years and we couldn't be happier.
I work at a local primary school, in the Reception Class as a teaching assistant. I love it, no two days are ever the same!

This picture shows me following my youngest son, (yes he does have two broken arms!), on holiday in Cornwall last summer. I am not proud of the way I look, and my self-esteem has been crushed by the excess weight I carry. I also suffer with back pain, and that is worse because of the weight and lack of exercise.

I have gradually been putting on weight since having my children. I put the majority on during my 3rd pregnancy; my second child was only 4 months old when I fell pregnant and I also suffered with post-natal depression. I am a comfort eater and when I am sad, I eat.

After number 4 came and surprised us, I had reached the heaviest I had ever been. I was miserable. I have tried the faddy diets, joined gyms and due to one thing and another they fail. Cost is normally the biggest issue. I would lose a little weight, and then it would creep back on, with a little more.

2015 is going to be my year, I am determined to be slimmer and keep it off! In total I need to lose a little over 4 stone, but I’ll be happy to just lose half of that! I am realistic; I know itis going to take time, patience and perseverance.

I aim to lose weight through following a sensible and healthy eating routine and drinking litres of water. I will be exercising regularly using various home DVD’s including dancing,Zumba and T25.
I will also be swimming and riding my bike.

Alongside this I have been doing a weight loss hypnotherapy programme, which so far has been proving to be very positive. I’ll talk about that next time :-)

So here’s to a new me and to the new you!


I'm Catherine, 36, Mum to 'the beasties' - 2 very lively boys aged 6 and 4 and we live in the Midlands.  I'm also a part time special needs teacher, married to a maths teacher!  

Life is busy, and it can be a struggle to fit in much quality exercise during the week as we often have lots of work to do in the evenings.  I've always had to battle a bit to remain a 'healthy' weight, and after having children I've been heavier than I am happier with.  

In the first half of 2014, I lost 24lbs, but put a few of those back on in the run up to and over Christmas.  I've just joined Slimming World to try and regain the focus that I had, as I'd like to lose around 2st more.  

I've recently become more conscious of and feel uneasy that weight can affect so many long-term health issues which is my motivator.  I've also signed up to a beginners women's running group starting at the end of January.  I did the same course around 18mths ago then damaged my leg and couldn't run for a few months and struggled to get back into it.

Being active as a family is important to me.  We love walking and cycling as a family and enjoy Youth Hosteling trips to the Lake District and Derbyshire.  Over the winter we've slowed a bit though - we regularly visit parks where the boys can scoot and ride, but I think we could be doing more.  However, we often refer to the boys as 'border collies' - bright, but naughty if not exercised very regularly so really should try harder!

My aims are:

To lose more weight.

To exercise at least twice a week individually.

To be more active as a family and try some new sports/activities.


I'm Katy, 27 years old, a Wife, a Mummy to 10 month old Joseph and Midwife (back at work at the end of the month! Eeek!) I've always struggled with my weight and I would not class myself as the fitness type at all. But as a midwife I knew I would be classed as high risk if I didn't try and get my weight under control before I got pregnant.

I started to walk more and joined my local slimming world group. I managed to get myself into the 'low risk category' just before I found out I was having Joseph.

I continued to go to slimming world and went to aqua natal classes during my pregnancy. But it wasn't until after I had my baby that I really started to enjoy being more active. I would go for walks with the pram or with him in the sling, we went to mum and baby dance classes and I started going to a Mums, Tums and Buggies class twice a week in one of our local parks. I'm hoping to start a new bounce fit class too.  

I've managed to loose nearly 2 and half stone since having Joseph and I feel the fittest and strongest that I ever have been. I know going back to work will throw new challenges into the mix and I've still got a way to go, but I'm hoping 2015 is going to be my year!


My name is Michaela and I am a mummy to 2 sons, soon to be 3.

This pregnancy has given me lots of ups and downs, from illness to food intolerances which has meant that I binge on the things I can eat, therefore gaining extra weight on top of the baby bump.

Once my baby is born, I am determined to get back into shape. Being a new mummy though is hard work and I want to show how you can do simple, light exercise and everyday things in your quest to shed the pounds and get toned.

I don't really have a weight in mind that I would like to get to, just to lose the tummy would be great. Getting fitter along the way with the help of my children who always keep me on my feet!

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  • wendy

    Katy comes to one of my Slimming world groups and i am so proud of all she has achieved both before during and after her pregnancy she is a real inspiration and has won competitions in group and is a role model for mums to be out there who want to eat well and be well go katy with you all the weigh xxxx

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