Hull women look unrecognisable after losing 11 stone (2023)

Three superslimmers have revealed their secrets to success after losing a total of 11 stone.

Nicky Smith, Debbie Holderness, and their Slimming World consultant Julie Marling put themselves to the test to lose weight last year.

Since then, the members of the St Alban's Church, North Hull group have all met their target weights, grown in confidence, and met a whole new host of friends through Slimming World.

After being a member of the group last year Julie went on to start her own group in Beverley Road and has now since taken over the post of consultant at St Alban's. As a consultant, she has been able to guide her members, including Nicky and Debbie to weight-loss victory.

Here the three share their stories.

Nicky Smith

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Nicky, 36, from north Hull, started Slimming World in June 2017. It was the first time she had been on a diet.

Within the first six months, Nicky had slimmed down from a size 22/24 to a 12/14 and had lost four stone, and on Wednesday, March 20, she will be awarded the Greatest Loser award at her group.

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She said: "I started because I could feel my clothes getting too tight for me. It was the first time I'd ever done it and I felt I needed to go because sometimes you don't feel like yourself and feel a bit frumpy.

"I lost four stone in the first six months and it took me another six months to lose another half a stone.

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"When I got to target I felt so great."

Nicky, who lives with husband Steve Smith, 42, and son and daughter Jack Smith, 13, and Charlotte Smith, 8, said before Slimming World she never used to eat many vegetables - but that has all changed.

She said: "I used to have takeaways a lot and eat fatty mince but being on Slimming World, it changes the way you cook. I never used to eat fruit or veg.

"Now for breakfast I will have something like fruit and yoghurt, for lunch a salad with meat in and a bit of salad cream, then for tea I'll have something like chilli with vegetables in and will snack on hi-far bars from Slimming World, which I save for the nighttime."

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Starting Slimming World has boosted Nicky's confidence and she says the group are "lovely" and she stays for Image Therapy after getting weighed.

She said: "I really like the group and I find that if you don't stay to group, you don't get the results. Sometimes you're rushing to get in and out and weighed and the things you get in Image Therapy don't stay with you.

"Julie is lovely and the group are great, you can have a bit of a laugh with everyone and they're all nice and we all get along. I go to the Wednesday morning class and just drop my little one off at school and the group is just there.

"You can do it. I don't go to the gym or anything, I've done it by eating the right food on plan. I cook Slimming World for the family, and me and my little lad will often have the Slimming World BBQ chicken together. It has changed me and I'm a much better cook now."

Debbie Holderness

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Debbie Holderness, 42, from west Hull started Slimming World on January 4, 2017 after a holiday made her want to lose some weight.

After a holiday to Turkey, where Debbie said she felt "massive" she started on her Slimming World journey and has since gone on to lose three stone.

She said: "I was 11 stone 3lbs and it took me around six months to get to my target weight. I'm just nder five foot and have always struggled with my weight and had put on around three stone when I had my baby Jake (now 4).

"I had tried other diets and calorie counting and never stuck to any of them and I just found Slimming World easier. I still go every week and keep focused and stay to group. It's a nice little group."

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Debbie, who lives with Jake and her mum in North Hull said: "I have days where I think I never want to go back to how I was. The final straw was when I went to Turkey.

"I felt massive when I was going to the pool and walking about. I thought, 'This is it. The next holiday I don't want to feel like this.'

"When I went back to Turkey I felt so much better and I had a two piece on, not a one piece this time. For some, they lose a lot of weight really quickly but for me it was more gradual but I was in the zone and more determined to get it off.

"The more weight I lost, the more determined I became to lose the weight."

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Debbie, who has maintained her target weight for a year, now lives on a diet of Slimming World friendly meals including baked oats, Slimming World spaghetti bolognaise, chicken dinners, pasta and jacket potatos. She often has a cheat day and doesn't use the gym, relying on the Slimming World diet and running after Jake.

She said: "I'm a better cook now and I cook my dinner in the morning. I love it."

Julie Marling

Julie Marling, 45, is a Slimming World consultant from west Hull. She started as a member at the St Alban's group in February 2016 and has since opened up her own group in Beverley Road on a Wednesday evening and has recently taken over as a consultant at St Alban's on a Wednesday morning.

Julie has lost three stone and is now a consultant who inspires other to embrace the Slimming World life.

Once a size 18, she has now lost three stone but has gained the passion and confidence to help others.

Julie, who still works at Marks and Spencer's as well as juggling her consultant role, said: "I'd walk into work at Marks and Spencer in my size 18 trousers. They were so tight I could hardly breathe.

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"When I took them off, there'd be a deep red mark running the circumference of my waist. I've always done stupid diets and exercise DVDs and always gave up.

"I was inspired to join Slimming World after booking a girlie holiday to Palma Nova. I was nervous about even going to the swimming pool and wanted to wear skinny jeans and converse and feel good.

"My daughter joined Slimming World and she was coming back and showing me all her certificates so I started to go. At first I felt like a failure that I couldn't lose weight on my own but I didn't expect to lose as much as I did as fast as I did."

Now, Julie is glad she joined and loves her job inspiring others on their Slimming World journey. She said: "I love seeing people's face's when they've realised they've lost weight. It doesn't feel like a job, it's so exciting.

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"For people like Debbie and Nicky, who have reached target, they can still be a part of it and come every week.

"I love the groups they are all just amazing. I was temporary consultant when the last one left in June at St Alban's and in January Slimming World offered me the group. I manage to fit it around my other job perfectly and they've been really supportive.

"I love it so much. On Wednesday, when we award Nicky with the Greatest Loser award we are having a big celebration. We are a big group of friends and it doesn't feel like a job. I'm so passionate about it and cannot stop saying positive things about it."

Julie runs the Slimming World group at St Alban's Church, Hall Road on Wednesday mornings and another group at Sight Support, Beverley Road on Wednesday evenings.

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