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SUPER SLIM SHRINKS MUM

PUBLISHED: 11:09 08 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

AN AMAZING transformation has seen an Ipswich mother of two lose an incredible seven stone in just over a year - and shrink seven dress sizes.

Mother-of-two Jo Stringer, who works as a learning support assistant at Chantry Junior School, lost seven stone 2lb to catapult herself to the accolade of "Slimming World Woman of the Year 2001" at her class in Ipswich.

AN AMAZING transformation has seen an Ipswich mother of two lose an incredible seven stone in just over a year – and shrink seven dress sizes.

Mother-of-two Jo Stringer, who works as a learning support assistant at Chantry Junior School, lost seven stone 2lb to catapult herself to the accolade of "Slimming World Woman of the Year 2001" at her class in Ipswich.

She went from weighing 19 stone nine-and-a-half pounds, to 12 stone five-and-a-half pounds in 15 months.

And she still hopes to lose another stone!

Jo has shrunk to a dress size 14 instead of 28, and is now looking forward to taking her pick of the clothes in high street shops.

Her story begins when her health had deteriorated to such an extent because of her weight, that everyday life was becoming more and more of an ordeal.

It had got to the stage where simple tasks like climbing the stairs left her out of breath and feeling unwell.

She was unable to play with her children or go out for family walks with their three dogs. Normal life had become impossible and depression had set in.

She decided enough was enough, and joined Slimming World in May 2000.

Happily, Jo, from Mumford Road has come out the other side after following a diet called 'food optimising' which means you prioritise which foods you will eat on certain days, eg: meat or potatoes.

You are allowed a limited amount of 'sins,' and most people on the diet attend a weekly weigh-in session.

Jo, 36, said: "I now enjoy doing the normal things like shopping for clothes, playing with the children and going out with my husband."

She is keen to share her experiences with others, and explain the value of attending a slimming class.

She said: "Being able to talk through any problems with people who are in the same boat as me, spurs me on for the next seven days."

She regularly attends classes at St Thomas Church, Bramford Lane on Thursday evenings, and the "Food Optimising" technique.

"It has become a way of life for me. Food optimising is so easy and has become a way of life for me…I will NEVER be fat again!"

Jo recognises the help she has received from her friends and family over this period of time.

Her two children, Daniel, 12, Rebecca, nine, and her husband Stewart have remained at her side throughout, as have colleagues at her class.

As a result of her local success, Jo is being put forward for the district title of "Slimming World Woman of the Year".

Should she win this, she then has the opportunity to go forward for the national title where the prize up for grabs is a two-week holiday in Cuba, or £3,000.

The finals are to be held on November 10, in Birmingham.

Slimming World consultant Tilly Chittock said: "Jo has a good chance of success at the finals.

"Her confidence has grown since I have known her and everyone at Slimming World is right behind her."

What Jo's food cupboard contained before:

White bread,

slabs of butter,

blocks of cheddar cheese,

a few chocolate bars,

crisps,

sausage rolls,

Cornish pasties

Now:

Small loaf of brown bread,

pasta,

rice,

lots of fruit and veg,

lean meats, including low-fat ham and turkey,

eggs and bacon (always grilled),

skinless chicken

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