A mother of three lost eight stones during lockdown after being humiliated by an old school teacher.
Rola Jarnaz, 48, from Timperley, is in the minority of people who have lost weight during the pandemic, going from a size 26 to 12.
She had suffered weight problems for most of her life, but it got especially bad when Rola was unable to walk up the stairs due to constant knee pain.
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But Rola’s low point was when she met an old school teacher who called her “great”.
“I’ve had weight problems for most of my life. I’ve been dieting and losing weight, but I would put it on again and again,” said the mother.
“I had to say my prayers while sitting on a chair, it was so unbearable to kneel and think of anything other than pain.”
About the moment she met an old teacher, Rola said, “It hit me like a stone, I knew I was overweight, but I was never called ‘big’ on my face.
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“She said she lost weight with Slimming World so I decided to give it a try.”
Rola discovered a weight loss group in the Whalley Range that fitted her children’s school days and immediately joined.
“I was nervous when I started but was warmly welcomed and treated like a VIP; the room was buzzing, ”she said.
“I listened carefully, but was skeptical.
“There was no limit to food like rice, pasta, potatoes and you never had to go hungry.
“It sounded too good to be true to me – but the pain was so severe that I had to try.”
Rola traded oil for low-fat spray, tahini for fat-free Greek yogurt, brie for halloumi, bread for rice, couscous and bulgur.
She returned to the group the next week and had already lost 4.5 pounds.
“I was addicted,” said Rola.
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“I stayed with my group (practically) every week during the lockdown to create a plan for further weight loss for the next week.
“I’ve made so many friends. We celebrate our success, share recipes and ideas.”
Two and a half years later, Rola lost eight stones, went from size 26 to 12 and is completely painless.
After 10 months of separation from her family due to lockdown, when she returned they could barely recognize her.
“My mother stared at me in disbelief,” said Rola.
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Rola has now decided to become a slimming world to advise and help other people like herself.
The majority of people in the UK gained weight during the lockdown.
Latest government statistics show that over 40 percent of adults gained weight and 64 percent of Manchester residents are now overweight or obese.
Dr. Jacquie Lavin, Head of Nutrition and Research at Slimming World, says, “The power of the group and peer support members giving one another is what sets Slimming World apart.
“Our members become part of a community, something special that helps them to recognize that they are not alone in the challenges they face.”
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