Oct 28 2011 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Lee’s adding her weight to success.
THEY’VE lost the weight of a transit van is just 10 months.
And Lee Hart couldn’t be more proud of her Weight Watchers’ gang.
Lee started her class in January last year with just 19 members.
But such is her success that she now has 107 members.
The figures speak for themselves.
Between January 2010 and January this year, Lee’s members lost 178.5 stone – the equivalent weight of a VW Beetle.
From January this year until now the dedicated members have dropped 274.5 stone – which equates to a transit van.
That means that since she started the class, Lee’s members have lost a grand total of 453 stone – the same weight as an adult Asian elephant.
An astonishing 39 members have achieved their target weight.
On average, each month Lee’s members lose 20 stone and two of them reach their goal.
Such is Lee’s success that she is having to change the venue of the class from the Carlton Hotel in Prestwick to the town’s indoor bowling club.
Mum-of-two Lee has come a long way since deciding to lose weight herself four years ago.
She explained: “I found it very hard to lose weight after my second daughter was born.
“She had diaphragm problems and cried 90 per cent of her awake time for the first 18 months of her life. “It triggered a vicious circle of comfort eating and feeling low. I was lost.
“I joined Weight Watchers and lost 24.5lbs going from a size 12 to 14 to a size eight in clothes.
“I have maintained three pounds below my goal at eight stone six pounds and a clothes size eight for two years now.”
Losing the weight gave Lee a new lease of life and gave the inspiration to change her whole life.
“I became a leader and was rewarded by having the best job in the world.
“For 12 years I had worked in a bank where I was like a duck out of water.
“Now my wings are no longer clipped and I love the fact I was employed for my personality and my members benefit from fun and lively meetings.
“Losing my weight gave me my confidence back in bucket loads and I felt like the person I used to be.
“It has changed my whole outlook on life and it is all about moving forwards and being positive.
“Because I know the difference getting to a goal made for me, I will always be emotional when my members realise their dreams.
“I know the difference it made and I'm never going back there.”
Lee’s new Prestwick class is at the indoor bowling club on a Tuesday from 6pm.
She also runs a class at Coylton Activity Centre on a Wednesday from 7.30pm.
For more information on the classes email her on email@example.com