Andrea Dancer decided to lose weight after she and her husband planned to renew their wedding vows in Jamaica.
The 52-year-old from Gateford, said: “We got married about seven years ago but it was quite rushed.
The couple wanted to declare their love to one another in style and so set to planning a luxurious trip to the island of Jamaica.
Andrea however felt that she wanted to make a big change before they set a date.
“I was 16 stone at the time and so I joined Slimming World,” Andrea said.
“I never looked back.
“It taught me how to eat healthy, when to eat, and how to reward myself.”
Andrea lost 5 stone and 7 pounds since she joined Slimming World and says that it has transformed her life.
“When I was bigger I didn’t know how much I was restricted,” she continued.
“I used to be so tired and lethargic.
"I wouldn't go shopping on the high street.
“I discovered that I could play with my grandchildren and now we do all sorts of adventurous things together.
“My life has just completely changed.”
Andrea says that it's important to set small goals when attempting to lose weight to stay motivated.
She personally would allow herself to buy a new dress when she went down a weight size.
“You should go and eat out and enjoy yourself just make sure you make good choices.
“Make lists and plans at the start of your week and stick to them.
“It’s 100 per cent worth the effort that you put in.
“If you have doubts just go for it.
“It’s opened my life up to thousands of possibilities.”
You can see more of Andrea’s transformation photos on her Instagram here.
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