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Melissa drops more than nine stone as she celebrates 50th birthday

Melissa Gough-Rundle, from Matlock, celebrated a fantastic weight loss goal with The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan after a shocking realisation seeing a particular photograph.

It was in January 2019, sat with her best friend Sam in front of the television, when Melissa realised her weight gain had gone a little too far after Sam had taken a photograph of the pair.

 “We’d been best friends since being at college together. The madness of life, children, husbands and full-time jobs meant we didn’t see much of each other anymore. Sam wanted to capture the moment and take a selfie, but before I had time to dive for cover, the camera clicked.

“When Sam showed me the photo, I cringed - I couldn’t believe I had let myself get into the state I was in. It was so unhealthy.

“To say I was camera-shy is an understatement,” she added. “At weddings and parties, I would never appear in any of the photographs. I even made up that I was really into photography so I would be the one taking the photographs.

“Sam suggested I tried The 1:1 Diet, which I shrugged off to begin with. Only as the weeks went on, I realised how unhappy the weight was making me and worst of all, it was my 50th birthday in six months.

“I decided it was time to make a change, and met Andrea Jerrom, my one-to-one weight-loss Consultant. She explained the Plan and meal replacements to me, what I’d need to do and how it worked. But when she got her camera out and asked to take a picture of me to document my progress, I remember the feeling of dread. I smiled, which hid a lot of fear.

“I ditched all my usual foods for meal replacement shakes, nutritional bars and ready meals and after one month, I had dropped a stone!

“Each week, the pounds just fell away and every photo that Andrea took I could see the change in my body and my smile – it was no longer just for show.

“By the time my 50th Birthday came in June 2019, I had lost five stone. On the day of my party, I wore a size 16 jumpsuit and could not believe it fit me! I felt amazing and my family and friends were full of compliments.

“Thanks to Andrea and The 1:1 Diet , I am now a really comfortable size 12 and I’m now the first person to step in front of the camera for a photo. Even better, I always like the outcome.

“I also bought my first pair of knee-high boots in years. I could never zip up that kind of boot before – that felt amazing.

“I have now joined Andrea’s team of Consultants and I couldn’t be happier. I wanted to give others the chance to turn their life around like I did. It’s such an amazing feeling knowing you have helped someone along the way.”

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