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Our weight-loss star, Lisa Spink, lost 3 stone. Here’s her inspiring story

My dieting wake-up call
After seeing how a colleague lost weight and thinking how fantastic she looked, I knew it was time for me to change. I wanted to feel good about myself, which I hadn’t since my mid-20s. I’d lost 2st when we moved house six years ago – but that was mainly due to all the stress of moving, unpacking and setting up our new home, as well as being a mum and housewife and everything that involves. It wasn’t down to any healthy eating plan or exercise, but more a case of me skipping meals and trying to cut out the wrong foods. This way of eating didn’t last long, of course, and I soon piled extra weight back on.

What worked for me
My shape has changed due to regular exercise classes, and for the first time in my life I can now fit into size 10–12 clothes. My confidence has grown and I’ve learned to both like and love myself again. I have more energy, both at home and at work, and love nothing more than being on the move and keeping busy. I can honestly say that the exercise classes are a major part of my life now and that I absolutely love going to every single one of them.

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My advice for staying on track
Keep strong, especially in the first week. Once you find you’ve lost weight in the second week, you’ll get a much-needed boost of confidence and the willpower to carry on. Take one day at a time and keep thinking about the end result. Accept that one of the hardest parts of any weight-loss programme is not just about losing the weight, but also maintaining it and keeping it off.

*Weight-loss results will vary and are down to your individual circumstances and the amount of weight you have to lose.