Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fighting Fat Together; LOSING Weight Is Easier When You Do It Together, as These Teesside Couples Told MARIE TURBILL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fighting Fat Together; LOSING Weight Is Easier When You Do It Together, as These Teesside Couples Told MARIE TURBILL

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SHEDDING the pounds can be tough, especially when those around you are munching away on your favourite grub.

So, with a desire to drop some inches, these Teesside couples decided to share the load.

Today husband and wife teams Steve and Janine Crooks and Richard and Rachael Cairnes have each lost more than five stone between them.

And the Middlesbrough pairs have been named among Slimming World's Couples of the Year.

Of herself and husband Steve, Middlesbrough mum Janine says: "We were both overweight and needed to do something about it.

"I am a school cook and Steve a manager at Royal Mail so we both lead busy lives."

She explains with early starts and a hectic lifestyle it didn't take long for convenience to take over and gradually the pounds crept on.

"We had got into a habit of being lazy with food, eating for ease," says Janine, 47, mum to Tom, 20.

Ready to do something about it, they decided to join their local Slimming World class at Marton Hotel & Country Club.

"I was driven by a couple of colleagues at work who had joined slimming classes," says Steve, 52.

"When they said they were doing it, it made me realise it was worth a try. I was nervous, I have always said I wouldn't have joined on my own, but going with Jan we supported each other."

Janine says changing their habits together proved the secret ingredient to weight loss.

Since signing up last May she has lost two and a half stone and Steve more than three.

"Doing it together you encourage each other," she says.

"If one of us is getting a bit sick of it, the other keeps you going."

And Steve says he couldn't have done it without Janine.

"Janine does the cooking so she manages it from that perspective."

She packs Steve off to work with a box full of fruit to help stave off those unhealthy cravings.

Now he goes to the gym up to four times a week.

"It's made a big difference to our lifestyle," says Steve.

"Now I will walk to the shop and leave the car at home.

"I feel fitter and a lot better for it. "It's the little things that you notice, like just before Christmas I had forgot something and had to go back to the car, I was able to run all the way. …

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