Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Cossie Crew

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Cossie Crew

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Holiday snaps are the things most likely to send folks scurrying to the slimming class.

We've all done it - hidden away those unflattering photos and secretly vowed to cut out the cream cakes before next year's vacation.

Most of us fall at the first hurdle - but not this lot! They've lost nearly 16 stone between them on the Slimming World eating plan at classes in Norton and Billingham.

And it has given them the confidence to pose in cossies and beachwear for the camera - and love every minute of it this time!

We took them to Marks and Spencer's Holiday Shop in the Middlesbrough store to try some hot summer styles for the beach...

Here are their slim-down stories:

Lynne Brown, 44, has gone from size 20 to a 12 and has been joined in class at Billingham with mum Joyce Simpson, 67.

Lynne achieved her personal target weight after losing three stone and was inspired to lose weight as a challenge to herself after her husband booked them a 25th wedding anniversary cruise where they renewed their vows.

Lynne's self-esteem has soared since she lost weight.

"I didn't suffer," she says. "I never gave up my nights out and I've even been promoted at work," she says.

Mum Joyce has also achieved her personal target weight and has stayed at that weight for almost a year now but stays on track attending class every week!

She loves encouraging the more mature members in the class and is a great example - she went down from size 22 to a size 14, losing three and a half stone.

"I feel great," she says.

"I look and feel younger and healthier - and I want to show that age doesn't have to slow you down," she laughs.

Tracey Pearce, 32, revels in the name 'Miss Slinky' - given to her by her pals at the Billingham class!

This is the award given by the class to their favourite slimmer - the one who's really changed after losing weight.

Tracey is very close to her personal target weight, and has lost 2 stones and 10 1/2lb to date.

Again, she has dropped from size 20 to size 12!

She joined Slimming World to lose weight for her holidays and to feel better in herself. …

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