Ex-South Holland District Councillor Angie Harrison turns her 'big loss' into helping others on their weight loss journey
Former South Holland District Councillor Angie Harrison was devastated when she lost her seat in this year's elections.
But she believes that everything happens for a reason and her love of being able to help people is now taking her in a new direction.
Mum-of-two Angie has been quite open about her own personal struggle with her weight and, after turning to Slimming World in 2017, she finally found a way to successfully lose her excess weight and keep it off.
In just nine months she lost over three stone. Now, she will be able to help others towards their targets as she takes up her new role as Slimming World group consultant in Holbeach.
"At my heaviest, I weighed almost 15 stone and was at risk of developing serious health problems," she explained.
She felt unsteady on her feet and couldn't travel down escalators for fear of falling.
After trying different weight loss plans, meal replacements and groups, she said she just ended up putting it all back on - and more.
"I got tired and out of breath just walking up the stairs," she said. "I was on daily medication for acid reflux and high blood pressure. Plus, I looked like I was seven months pregnant. I felt ashamed and self-conscious when shopping for clothes, as nothing would fit, so I would end up buying my clothes online.
"I have always had a problem with my weight. I believe it is in your genes. My first memory of wanting to lose weight is when I was probably seven or eight. I said I didn't want bread and swapped it for Ryvitas. A neighbour used to call me 'cuddles' because of my size."
But now, Angie (53), who lives in Crowland with husband Peter, says she is a shadow of her former self and having hit her target weight, has maintained it for over a year.
"I feel so much more confident and have bags of energy. I no longer get vertigo on the escalators and have taken up cycling with a local group (the Crowland Wheelers)."
She had previously been asked if she'd consider being a consultant for Slimming World when she was a district councillor, but she did not feel the time was right.
"I loved helping people as a district councillor and I was devastated when I lost my seat (for Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas) by just 15 votes. But now I am still helping people - to become happy and healthy.
"Slimming World changed my life and I feel so much better about myself."
- Angie will be launching her own Slimming World group on Monday, September 16, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the WI Hall in Park Road, Holbeach. For more details, please call her on 07921 165585.