Success story

Pat Sutcliffe

Pat's stats

Age 69
Height 5ft 4"
Start size 15st 4lbs
Current size 10st 4lbs

As seen on This Time Next Year with Davina McCall!

“John and I were married in a registry office first time round and wanted to renew our vows in a church, 45 years – our sapphire anniversary – to the date of our wedding day.

“I knew I was overweight, but it didn’t really bother me because of my age. I’d lost my brother, Eddie, to a very aggressive form of lung cancer eight years ago when he was only 51, so being told I’d got cancer brought everything rushing back from that time.

“They began operating on me at 11am and when it got to night time and John still hadn’t heard anything, he was understandably worried. It took six-and-a-half hours because I was five stone overweight… the excess fat in my body was hindering the surgeon from reaching my colon.

“I’m a great believer in fate and at the same time I received an email from This Time Next Year asking if I would put a child from the chess club I run in Harrogate into the show. I didn’t want to put a child under that kind of pressure, but said ‘I need to lose five stone’.

“20 minutes later I had a phone call from them asking about my story. I pledged to lose the weight by 5th May 2018, on what was the 45th anniversary of our wedding day.

“I met my lovely Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant Gill and was 15st 4lbs at the start of my journey.

“I liked the fact it was all about one-to-one support; that was the clincher for me. I cannot stand the happy clappy group things and think there’s something deeply depressing about them. I’m too old for that.

 “Gill has a lovely, encouraging personality and I came away feeling very confident that – with her support – I could achieve what I wanted.

“It wasn’t a nice, smooth road with me, but throughout it all Gill was a stabilising influence. All the time, her cheery little voice kept me going and I didn’t want to let her down.

“By the time our wedding vows renewal day came I felt amazing and wore a made-to-measure dress bought for me by our daughter, Nikki. It was beautiful and made me feel like a bride.

“Our son, Adam was his dad’s best man, our daughter, Nikki, was my matron of honour, our grandson, Lucas, 12, walked me down the aisle and Olivia, our eight-year-old granddaughter was our flower girl.

“By that time, I’d already made a decision to become a part time consultant in Harrogate to help others in their weight loss journey. And I am currently writing a book about weight maintenance to inspire others.

“I feel marvellous. Not only do I feel better, I know that I have extended my life span. I can walk without feeling tired, I’m probably the oldest newly accredited consultant and have a new career. I will never go back to the weight I was before.”

Pat Sutcliffe after After
Pat Sutcliffe before Before

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