THIS pair of friends are hoping their slimming success will rub off on to others.
The duo are setting up their own Slimming World meetings, starting this week, after turning their own lives around, thanks to the weight loss programme.
Liz Cullen, from Poulton, tried everything to help her chronic back problem for years, but with no success.
In desperation, and in constant pain, the 53-year-old decided to take action and joined Slimming World.
She said: “After about four weeks, I started to feel a difference, my mobility improved, slowly at first.
“ I lost 3.5st in the summer of 2004.
“From being a miserable person with a serious back problem, I became more positive and in charge of my own destiny.
“My back problems did not disappear, but the weight loss made life bearable again.”
Unfortunately, volunteer Samaritan Liz suffered a horse-riding accident in 2009 – which led to her spending three months in a wheelchair and six months on crutches. Immobile, she piled the weight back on.
But the former civil servant started going to Slimming World again just before Christmas, and has not looked back since, having shed nearly two stone.
She said: “I found the consultant, Janet, very welcoming.
“There had been changes to the programme and I found it simple to follow. I’ve made lots of lovely friends at my class who share tips, recipes and so much more.
“I’m so delighted with my success, I want to share that with other people.”
Liz’s classes will start on Thursday, at 9.30am and 7pm, at Bispham Community Centre.
And her friend Julie Edwards was so thrilled with her weight loss, she too has become a Slimming World consultant.
The mother-of-two says she struggled with her weight for as long as she can remember. She was a size 14 and weighed 11st 9lbs, and never thought it would be possible to be thin, especially after having children.
Julie, from Bispham, went along to Slimming World with a friend and did not expect success. But was hooked straight away.
The 35-year-old said: “I felt so relaxed in the group and Emma, my consultant, had such a warm and compassionate personality.
“I loved the fact I could set my own target weight loss, as this enabled me to feel in control and empowered to achieve my own goal without being told what I should be.”
Julie has now lost 2st 2lbs.
Her group will take place also on Thursdays, at 9.30am and 7.30pm at Anchorsholme Methodist Church, North Drive.