Swindon slimmer Eddie Hope drops pounds to be the Miss Slinky

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AFTER losing seven-and-a-half stones in 10 months, Eddie Hope is just two thirds of the man he used to be.

The 55-year-old, of Stratton, weighed in at 21st 6lbs this time last year, but has managed to shed the pounds after joining Slimming World.

The father-of-two, who was in the RAF until 1993, was struggling with every day tasks when he joined the slimming group last February.

“I had a big dose of sensibility knocked into me. I couldn’t walk upstairs properly or even do my shoes up. I woke up and thought ‘I am 55, I’m not getting any younger and I am going to be checking out soon if I am not careful’,” he said.

Eddie, who is a manager in telecommunications at Vodafone, joined the Stratton group of Slimming World, which his two daughters were already members of.

“They had been encouraging me for the last two years. I decided today is the day,” he said.

“Having plucked up the courage to join the group I was met by the consultant, given an outline of the plan, my book, card and contact numbers and finally weighed.

“At the end of the first week I remember losing 6lbs but more importantly I felt alert and alive inside, I was not constantly tired or run down and this was after the first week, it was then that I thought this plan might actually work for me,” he said.

Eddie ditched shop bought sandwiches, cakes biscuits and milky coffee drinks, which saved him £45 in the first week minus the £4.95 for Slimming World.

In later weeks, Eddie won several slimmer of the week awards as well as awards for weight loss. He was delighted in May, when he had lost 3st 6lbs, and he could sit in an aeroplane seat without having to use an extension seatbelt.

He put on 4lbs on on holiday but after he started using kettle bells the weight started dropping off again.

He has now joined a walking club and taken up running.

“Without a doubt the exercise regime has improved my weight loss, added to my general level of fitness and toned my body so that I have avoided any sagging skin,” he said.

“I am completely hooked on the Slimming World plan as a life-changing mechanism to help me for the rest of my life to maintain a healthy weight.

“From the moment I joined I have had the full support of my slimming world consultant, Steve Ireland, who has always been so encouraging to me and all the members of the groups he runs.”

Eddie has lost 102lbs, been slimmer of the week nine times, slimmer of the month three times, been awarded the seven stone award, won the man of the year for group and won the Miss Slinky of the year award for the group.

For more information on the weight loss classes visit www.slimmingworld.com

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1:49pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Ericfclass says...

Yeah ok
Yeah ok Ericfclass

2:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

darkstarzz says...

Well done Eddie :) You are inspirational! I hope to follow in your footsteps over the coming year!
Well done Eddie :) You are inspirational! I hope to follow in your footsteps over the coming year! darkstarzz

2:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Emmylou_83 says...

Been sat waiting for the disbelievers.
I am so so proud of my father for what he has achieved since Feb 11 if I had half his dedication I would be at target too
Been sat waiting for the disbelievers. I am so so proud of my father for what he has achieved since Feb 11 if I had half his dedication I would be at target too Emmylou_83

2:15pm Tue 5 Feb 13

kwirkykirky says...

Well done. Your determination and hard work have really paid off.
Love that Eddie won Miss Slinky! lol
Well done. Your determination and hard work have really paid off. Love that Eddie won Miss Slinky! lol kwirkykirky

3:38pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Sir Fawn Maker says...

well done Eddie, but I know from experience the hard bit starts now - keeping it off.

Good luck! Hope you're still the same weight feb '14
well done Eddie, but I know from experience the hard bit starts now - keeping it off. Good luck! Hope you're still the same weight feb '14 Sir Fawn Maker

4:05pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Davey Gravey says...

Instead of being fat he now looks possessed.
Instead of being fat he now looks possessed. Davey Gravey

7:56pm Tue 5 Feb 13

madness1 says...

Well done Eddie! After ending 2012 in bad health I see the need to lose that much myself so I pray for the determination and will power you have had. Well done again x
Well done Eddie! After ending 2012 in bad health I see the need to lose that much myself so I pray for the determination and will power you have had. Well done again x madness1

10:02pm Tue 5 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

Well done matey; good on you
Well done matey; good on you peatmoor pirate

11:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Sweddie says...

Thank you everyone, I have to say that the photo of me is the worst photo I have ever had, it is dreadful... Appreciate the kind comments and agree with the comment that the hard part is keeping it off, my target is to keep it off till this time next year.
Thank you everyone, I have to say that the photo of me is the worst photo I have ever had, it is dreadful... Appreciate the kind comments and agree with the comment that the hard part is keeping it off, my target is to keep it off till this time next year. Sweddie

12:45am Wed 6 Feb 13

Hidenwords12 says...

Excellent work Eddie - u r a true gentlemen - now helping others! Thank you for everything u do & the advice u give! Very inspiring! A massive well done!
Excellent work Eddie - u r a true gentlemen - now helping others! Thank you for everything u do & the advice u give! Very inspiring! A massive well done! Hidenwords12

8:19am Wed 6 Feb 13

Localboy86 says...

Good on you Eddie, doing it the old fashioned way instead of this new trend for operations
Good on you Eddie, doing it the old fashioned way instead of this new trend for operations Localboy86

1:30pm Wed 6 Feb 13

house on the hill says...

Well done and I do hope you are one of the dedicated ones who keep it off after all your hard effort. Being slimmer and fitter is like having a whole new life, so make sure you enjoy it and others see how being overweight is just a waste of their short life.
Well done and I do hope you are one of the dedicated ones who keep it off after all your hard effort. Being slimmer and fitter is like having a whole new life, so make sure you enjoy it and others see how being overweight is just a waste of their short life. house on the hill

2:20pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Steve Slimming World says...

Its been a pleasure to help Eddie in his weight loss journey and great to see his inspirational story in the press, not only has he achieved this phenomenal success in less than 10 months but he goes out of his way to encourage and help others do likewise, unfortunately those dreadful photographs do not do this gentleman any justice whatsoever - there is a white balance setting on most camera's obviously not used here!
Its been a pleasure to help Eddie in his weight loss journey and great to see his inspirational story in the press, not only has he achieved this phenomenal success in less than 10 months but he goes out of his way to encourage and help others do likewise, unfortunately those dreadful photographs do not do this gentleman any justice whatsoever - there is a white balance setting on most camera's obviously not used here! Steve Slimming World

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