Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super-Slimmer Alison Has Her Zip Back at Last; Gran Sheds 12 Stones and Now Has New Lease of Life - and Tasks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Super-Slimmer Alison Has Her Zip Back at Last; Gran Sheds 12 Stones and Now Has New Lease of Life - and Tasks

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

IT was her love of cakes and chocolate that got her to a massive 22 stones but now Alison Berry is a super slimmer after shedding half her body weight.

The proud grandmother is now working through a bucket list of daring things to do before she reaches 60 and is going on zip wires, tree-top adventures, fire walks and is hoping for a wing-walk.

She has slimmed from a size 36 dress size to a healthy 12 and she's able to play with her grandchildren like she never could before.

"I have my life back now and I am working through a bucket list that I could never have done when I was big," said Alison, of Hebburn.

"I was once told to get off a fairground ride because the safety strap wouldn't go around me. It was like the walk of shame when I had to get off.

"Before my 60th in July, I am doing crazy things that I couldn't have done. I went on a tree-top adventure with ropes, swing bridges and zip wires.

"Then I did the world's fasted zip wire in Wales when I travelled 100 mph for a mile. There was a 19-stone weight limit so I would have been well over that before.

"I was going over a Welsh slate quarry thinking 'I'm free, I'm flying, wow I can't believe I'm doing this.'.

"I've just done a fire walk for charity and I'm going to do an indoor sky dive where you go in a wind tunnel with a special suit that helps to hold you up. I'd love to do a wing-walk and a hot air balloon ride but I don't know if my budget will stretch to that."

Alison's story started when she was ill and says she "gave up on herself".

She was asked by daughter-in-law Abby if she could look after grandson Joseph when she went back to work and Alison realised she wasn't fit enough for the task.

"That was in 2014 and I couldn't even bend down to cut my toenails, never mind look after Joseph," added Alison, who now also has three-year-old granddaughter Alaina, "My only exercise was walking to the fridge to get something to eat but now I walk everywhere. …

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