Lose some and win some for slimming-club champs

Becky Dolton   Picture: OX69397 Ed Nix

Becky Dolton Picture: OX69397 Ed Nix Buy this photo

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

TWO women from Blackbird Leys have been voted slimmers of the year at the local Slimming World group.

Fellow members voted for Becky Dolton and Laura Aries to be crowned as the winners – one for the club’s 5pm meeting and the other for the 7pm meeting.

Mrs Dolton, 36, has lost more than two stone since joining the group earlier this year.

She said: “I joined before in 2010 and I lost 3.5 stone, and I thought I could do it by myself without any help.

“I thought I’d never get back to the way I was before, so I left.

“Gradually I put it all back on and found myself back at square one.”

The housekeeper, who lives on the estate with her husband Adrian, said: “When I came back to the meeting I just felt like I was home – I instantly felt comfortable being here.”

Mum to Jasmine, 21, and 19-year-old Jordan, she beat two other nominees to the prize after they each gave a speech to the group.

She said: “This means so much to me. The other nominees deserved it. All of the people here are fantastic.”

Mrs Aries has lost eight stone since gaining weight in 2001. She said: “Life started going a bit wrong when I moved to Oxford from South Wales.”

She suffered with depression for several years, putting on weight in the process.

Oxford Mail:

  • Laura Aries before the weight loss

Oxford Mail:

  • And as she is now

The mum-of-two said: “It’s been an amazing journey. I have learnt so much about myself and I have been given so much help and support.

“The one piece of advice that has stuck with me was the hardest to learn: be kind to yourself.”

Mrs Aries was handed her certificate by Oxford’s Lord Mayor Mohammed Abbasi.

The consultant for the Blackbird Leys Slimming World group is Louise Waters.

The Chalgrove resident said: “I had no say in who was nominated or who won – it was all chosen by the members.

“It means everybody can get behind the person that they feel deserves it. It’s the person who’s inspired them and has been a really great support, someone they can generally look up to.”

The mum-of-two, 36, said: “It’s not just for the woman who wins it, it’s a real motivator for the whole group.” People who have a BMI of more than 30 can join Slimming World for free if they are referred by their GP.

The Blackbird Leys group is moving from the Blackbird Leys Community Centre on Thursday to the Blessed Dominic Barberi Church on Cowley Road.


 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

Tributes paid to man found stabbed to death on Abingdon riverbank

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was last night being held in custody on suspicion of murder after a man was found fatally stabbed in Abingdon.

UPDATE: Woman, 40, appears in court charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

10:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Abingdon on Sunday night.

Pensioner dies in hospital after motorbike crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A 74-year-old  man who was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car last month has died in hospital.

Robber sent to prison for part in £11,000 Park End Street attack

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ROBBER who beat a man up as a distraction while his accomplice stole £11,000 from his victim’s wife has been jailed.

Let Oxford expand beyond its boundaries says housing crisis report

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

7:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

OXFORD is an example of a city which should be allowed to grow beyond its boundaries, according to a national report.

Drop former English Defence League leader as speaker, Oxford Union urged

Oxford Mail: The Oxford Union

6:40am Tuesday 21st October 2014

NEARLY 200 Oxford academics, students, councillors and trade union leaders have signed an open letter calling for the Oxford Union to cancel an invitation to the former leader of the English Defence League to speak.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree