“When Sherlock arrived, I knew I would have to do something about my weight. He was born in April and, as he grew stronger, I needed to be fit enough to take him for walks.
“I’ve known Carol for a long time, we’d been friends for years and I’d seen the amazing weight loss transformation she’d achieved from being on Plan herself.
“It was on a trip to London with plenty of time to talk in the car, that Carol explained about The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, and that was my light bulb moment.
“I don’t think anyone could do a diet like this without the one-to-one support of a Consultant. It was a bonus Carol was a friend as well. She was there with me every step of the way, cheering me on. She was that much-needed voice in my inner ear when I felt I might fall off the wagon.
“I didn’t want to let Carol down. I started on Step 2 and consistently lost weight each week. As my weight loss coach, she helped me stay focused and knew the struggles I was going through.
“I decided not to set a goal, I just wanted to lose weight and feel good. I’ve always been overweight but to buy clothes from any high street chain, and not feel like a frump was amazing.
“As the weight dropped off, I became more agile and alert. I started taking Sherlock for walks and then walked for pleasure, not something I’d ever thought I’d do. I recently walked from Birmingham to Worcester which took nine hours, but I loved it.
Carol said: “I’ve known James for years, both as a friend and through the family. We shared the same interests, food, and dogs, and over the years, I’ve seen James struggle with his weight.
“When James came to me, his self-confidence was at an all-time low. It was important for us to agree on a strategy that would work around his lifestyle. We did regular weigh-ins every day via WhatsApp, which was great because I could offer him advice and send little messages to cheer him on.
“It’s been great having success with a person of the opposite sex too because I know I can help anyone who has issues, not just menopausal women!
“I’m exceptionally proud of James in how he’s applied himself. He’s been fully focused, never cheated or tried to bend the rules. He’s now become a Consultant, which is great as he’ll make a fantastic ambassador for the brand.
James said: “Carol and I make a great team. I intend to keep walking my dog and going to the gym, to stay on top of my weight.
“Having Carol by my side is fantastic as we share each other’s ups and downs and pass on hints and tips about our clients’ journeys. We’re also planning another day trip to London soon.”
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