A woman who used to tip the scales at over 25 says she felt 40 years younger after losing 13th 7lbs.
Fiona Neilson, 64, from Dumfries, Scotland, suffered from heart failure and was unable to walk around her house without becoming out of breath.
However, at 60, the retired business improvement manager decided she wanted a breath of fresh air and started trying to lose weight.
She struggled until she found Slimming World in October 2021 – and by June 2022 she had lost 4st 7lb.
Fiona Neilson, 64, pictured here before losing weight. At the highest she says she weighed more than 25 stone
Before: According to the 64-year-old (pictured before the weight loss), carrying extra pounds meant she struggled to walk around her house without getting out of breath
After: Now Fiona has lost 13.5 and halved her dress size from a size 28 to a size 14
Fiona’s diet before
11 a.m.: Bacon roll
Lunch: Sandwich, chips and sometimes a pie
Having dinner: Great homemade meal with cream and fatty sauces, wine
Fiona’s diet after
Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt
Lunch: Chicken salad
Having dinner: Recipes from Slimming World, e.g. chicken curry, lasagna, spaghetti bolognese, or mac and cheese (and soft drinks after ditching wine)
Now she’s cut her dress size in half – from a size 28 to a size 14 – and says she’s never been happier.
Fiona said: “I’m 64 and have been overweight for most of my adult life. I never thought I could lose weight and be slim and happy.
“In 2018 when I stepped on my doctor’s scale I weighed more than the scale could handle – so please know that I weighed over 25 stone.
“It’s like I’ve lost 40 years and become young again, I can walk and participate in things and life is completely different.
‘Joining Slimming World meant it clicked and completely changed my life. Even if you don’t succeed the first time, go back and try again.
Fiona has suffered from a host of weight issues, finding it was even difficult to walk around his house without getting out of breath.
Then in 2018 she was diagnosed with heart failure and says the diagnosis came as a shock but acted like a “lightbulb moment” for her.
“In 2018 I was really seriously ill, I was not far from really dead,” Fiona said. “I had heart failure but didn’t realize it and was really shocked when I was diagnosed.
“I couldn’t catch my breath and it was getting harder and harder to walk around the house.
Fiona, pictured here before she lost weight, says she was ‘very seriously ill, I was not far from really dead’ because of her extra pounds
The retired business improvement manager says she first started trying to lose weight after she had a ‘lightbulb moment’, thinking to herself ‘if you don’t do anything about it, you go die”.
“It was like a light bulb moment – if you don’t do anything about it, you’re going to be dead.”
She began following a low-calorie diet, where she ate less food than her body needed to function.
However, she struggled to follow the strict diet without any support and after she lost weight she gave up – moving up to 4th.
It wasn’t until a friend invited her to attend a Slimming World meeting that she realized there was another way to lose weight.
“I decided to do my best to lose weight by trying to count calories on my own.
“It was really demoralizing to do it alone at home and deprive yourself of the things you really love.
Fiona, pictured here after throwing the stones, says trying to lose weight on her own was ‘demoralizing’ which is why she joined Slimming World
Good health: Fiona says her health has improved dramatically since she lost weight and her heart failure went from severe to moderate
“A friend of mine said she was going to join Slimming World and before I thought I said I would come too. I didn’t think it would work but oh my god what a difference.
“Before I knew it, I had lost four stones and my BMI was below 30.”
She has also quit drinking, as wine is high in calories and Fiona says she would rather eat good food instead.
“My heart failure went from severe to moderate and I’m only in the heart failure range now – my health has improved so much.
“It took me four years in total, but as soon as I found the thing that worked for me, it all stopped.”
Woman who soared over 25e eating bacon buns, pies and wine loses 13.5e