Success story

Kirsty & Henry Dorling

Kirsty & Henry's stats

Age 39 & 40
Height 5ft 6ins & 6ft
Start weight 17st & 23st 3lbs
Current weight 10st 11lbs & 14st 3lbs
Total lost 6st 3lbs & 14st 3lbs


In it Together 2018


“I have spent the majority of my career working as a dance teacher, in mirrored studios surrounded by slim, talented students. The nature of my work meant I was very aware of my own body shape, appearance and fitness.

“A change of career meant my eating habits had drastically changed. I was relying on easy, sugar- filled foods to boost my energy throughout the day. I was gaining weight, which was affecting my ability to move around with the children at work and my energy levels were low.

“Meanwhile, my husband, Henry, who has also struggled with his weight for many years, had found Cambridge Weight Plan and was rapidly losing weight and feeling and looking fantastic.

“I had no idea how much I weighed, but I realised Henry now probably weighed less than me. I was stunned when I stepped on the scales for the first time and was more than 17 stone. I felt embarrassed to have let myself get to that weight and a part of me wanted to leave right then.

“I am now back to the weight I was when I got married 15 years ago. I feel fitter and healthier than ever and my energy levels are through the roof! My husband has been a constant inspiration and we have helped and supported each other through the whole experience, we even had the confidence to bear all on the beach this summer. It’s been 15 years since I’ve been able to do that . . . in fact, it was the same bikini I wore back then on my honeymoon!”


“After many years kidding myself that I was just a 'big lad' I finally decided that I needed to do something about my weight. It had started to dominate every part of my life; I would wake up and look at myself in the mirror and get really down, my physical health was suffering too.

“I’m a university sports lecturer talking about physical fitness, childhood obesity, sports development and those areas. The turning point for me came when I had to order a new shirt – or tent as I like to call it – for the graduation ceremony. How could I be lecturing others on obesity at the size I was?

“My new found energy and fitness has been life-changing. Running is now a huge part of my life - I run at least three to four times a week, take part in my local weekly Parkrun and have completed two 10K races and two half-marathons. 

“My relationship with my wife and children has changed beyond recognition; 'daddy you are just so thin now I can get my arms all the way round you!'. I truly believe that to have achieved this now has meant I have saved my life - something I never thought I would say.”

Kirsty & Henry Dorling after After
Kirsty & Henry Dorling before Before

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