A married couple embarked on a weight loss journey after a health warning from doctors.
Ian and Gail Edrupt, from Wisbech, who have been married over eight years, described themselves as ‘foodies’ who enjoyed eating out, as well as take away nights in.
With no children the couple and stressful, full-times jobs, the couple said food played a big part in their lives with Ian enjoying doing the cooking.
However, all that changed in September 2019 when they decided to join Slimming World because of Ian’s health.
Gail said: “Ian had been under the specialist for some months due to a potential family hereditary heart disease and had been suffering with headaches and some chest pains.
“After multiple tests and wearing of a heart monitor he was advised that he had extremely elevated levels of triglycerids which could potentially cause a stroke or heart attack and that loosing weight would significantly help improve his health.
“We discussed the advice given and options and no way was he going to take tablets for the rest of his life. Ian had recently seen an advertisement at Leverington Sports Club as we passed for Slimming World with Rachel Bingham and we decided to go along and see what it was about.
“I had done Slimming World before and lost over two stone for our wedding (which I had since put back on) so I knew it worked and was not prepared to sit back and loose my husband, I wanted to actively encourage and support Ian to loose weight and regain his health which was critical as his father, uncle and grandfather all passed due to heart disease at a young age – an age which Ian was approaching.”
The pair signed up for Slimming World with Rachel with Ian tipping the scales at 15st 10lb and Gail at 11st 13lb.
Gail said: “Being a couple and doing it together really helped, we were always on the same page and we found good ways of working together with Ian re-creating the delicious recipes and me taking control of breakfast/pack up lunches and keeping the food diaries and monitoring our syns.
We came up with creative ideas to help ensure we fitted Slimming World in with our busy lives and we did not sabotage ourselves and drop off the ‘weight loss wagon’. We bulk cooked and used disposable cups and stockpiled the freezer for easy lunches and quick meals and the weight loss was steady for both of us.”
As a result to date Ian has lost two-and-a-half stone and Gail has lost two stone.
Gail added: “We still have more to do but we know this one lifestyle change that is here for good.”