WHILE most people would be offended to be called a ‘loser’, one woman from Bodmin is over the moon to have been named one of the town’s ‘Greatest Losers’ of 2017.
That’s because Chantelle Penhall, a primary school teacher, has lost a life-changing 6st to take her group’s title in the Bodmin Wednesday 7.30pm Slimming World group, and she feels fabulous as a result.
Chantelle, who has so far lost 6st 4lbs says: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a loser when it feels this good! I feel like a new woman since losing weight - in fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person. I originally just joined to lose a few pounds before a holiday. Never did I believe it would end up having such a life-changing effect!.”
The 29-year-old joined the Bodmin Wednesday 7.30pm group, which is run by Ria Hunter, on 29 March 2015. She says: “Before I lost the weight I hated having my photo taken and whenever I saw pictures of myself I knew that my smile wasn’t real. My weight impacted on so many aspects of my life, from struggling to find clothes that I like to fit to not being able to do simple everyday tasks without feeling tired and out of breath. I’m now able to do a lot more and more easily.”
She says: “Walking through those doors was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I was embarrassed about my size and scared that I might be the biggest person there. I needn’t have worried though, everyone there was so friendly, especially my consultant Ria Hunter, and I was so relieved when I found out that my weight would be confidential - I’d had visions of having to tell everyone how much I weighed!
“Since then I’ve made so many friends at the group and I honestly don’t think I could have done it without their support each week. They helped me with recipes and tips and if I was ever struggling they were always there to remind me how far I’d come since first stepping through the doors.”
Chantelle follows the club’s Food Optimising eating plan. “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad or obsessively counting every calorie you eat, but it’s not like that at all at Slimming World. I love food and I never feel like I’m on ‘a diet’ - in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry.
Today, Chantelle has lost a total of 6st 4lb and is still going strong, she has gone from a dress size 22 to a dress size 14. She’s also more active nowadays and regularly goes to the gym, Zumba and nice long walks with the dog along costal paths and on the moors.
Ria says: “The changes we’ve seen in Chantelle are incredible. I hope her success will inspire other people in Bodmin who’d like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and become happier and healthier to take action. There’s always a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think, if you start today you could feel like a completely new person just like Chantelle.”
Ria’s group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Bodmin Christian Fellowship Church next to the Fire Station to join call Ria on 07950 444370 or just pop along.