Super-slimming couple from Driffield prove that less is more after losing 14st 9.5lbs between them

June 05, 2019

An inspirational couple from Driffield are feeling on top of the world after losing 14st 9.5lbs combined.

 

Simon and Beverly Cuthbert slimmed down with the help of their local Slimming World group in Driffield and reached the semi-finals of the organisation’s Couple of the Year 2019 competition along with only 17 other couples from across the UK and Ireland. 

Simon and Beverly believe the secret of their success was getting support from one another at home as well as each week at their Slimming World group.

Simon, 46, who slimmed from 20st 10lbs to 11st 8lbs, says: “I knew that my weight was an issue and I was becoming more and more uncomfortable in my own skin, but I didn’t really know where to start when it came to losing weight. The lightbulb moment came when Beverly told me she was unhappy with her weight too. We’d heard great things about Slimming World, and it seemed to be the perfect fit for us. We knew that we needed the encouragement of a group each week and that we’d support each other along the way too.

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“After going along to our first group we stocked the cupboards with lots of fruit and veg, pasta and potatoes and made healthy swaps like switching white bread for wholemeal and using low-calorie cooking spray instead of oil. We could still enjoy all of our family favourites like chilli-con-carne, burgers and pizza-topped chicken. We’ve discovered a passion for cooking that we didn’t know we had – the change in both of us has been amazing!”

Simon and Beverly were voted as their Slimming World group’s Couple of the Year 2019 by their fellow group members. Following the nomination, they were invited to represent the Driffield group at the national semi-finals at Slimming World’s head office in Derbyshire.

Beverly, 54, who downsized from 15st 1lb to 9st 7.5lbs, added: “It came as a huge relief once I realised that Simon wanted to lose weight too, because I knew that by supporting each other to make healthier choices it would give us both a brighter future and it absolutely has – we have a whole new lease of life!

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“Losing weight also made us think about how active we were. We now attend our local sports centre with our two boys. We’re a lot more active as a family now and regularly use the gym and play badminton together and we love it! 

“We are over the moon to have reached the semi-finals, never in a million years did we think it was even a possibility when we first walked through the doors of our group. Joining Slimming World is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We feel great and we know that we have a long, healthy, happy life to look forward to together.”

Simon continued: “There’s no doubt that Slimming World has changed our lives for the better and we would recommend it to anyone who is feeling unhappy about their weight. There’s always a warm welcome in group. The other members have played such a big part in helping us to get to where we are, and still do. We pick up new recipes and tips each week, and they support us to get back on track if our week doesn’t quite go to plan.”

Shirley Sowersby, who runs the Driffield Slimming World group that Simon and Beverly attend, says: “I’m so proud of what Simon and Beverly have achieved. Not only do they support and motivate each other but the rest of the group, too. We would love to welcome anyone who is struggling with their weight to join our Driffield group. Joining as a couple makes the world of difference as you have someone you love and trust by your side.

“Having said that, whatever your situation, we welcome everyone who would like to learn how to lose weight without ever feeling hungry and discover a whole group of like-minded friends to inspire and motivate each other to achieve their dreams. Slimming World group really is where the magic happens.

“If anyone is interested in finding out more about Slimming World we would love to see you at Rix Pavillion, Driffield Showground or call me on 07999371611 for more information.”

Although they made the top six, unfortunately Simon and Beverley were not the overall winners of the competition. Slimming World’s Couple of the Year 2019 will be announced at the end of June.

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