WEIGHT-LOSS STORIES

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1. Watch it

Love the Coopers

Out 4 December When the Cooper family gets together on Christmas Eve, not everything goes to plan – but the chaos helps bring them together.

2. Buy it

Get Santa

Released 2 November A father and son duo help Santa when he crashes his sleigh into their shed. Laugh-out-loud comedy.

3. Stream it

Scrooged

Netflix and Now TV This 80s retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, is a winner.

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Photography: Scott Grummett. Stylist: Jennifer Kay. Flamingo decorations, from a selection at Paperchase

REAL LIFE – SUCCESS – INSPIRING STORIES

Anxious about navigating the Christmas buffet? Claire Parkinson, 26, lost over 2st by planning ahead for big events. ‘I like to call my weekly ProPoints allowance my “party points”! If there’s a special occasion coming up,

I plan my weekly allowance around it so I know I can treat myself on the day.

It’s great to know that I can eat healthier while still having a life, especially at this time of year!’

Plan ahead for your Christmas party by playing our drinks Sudoku on P.70 – we’ve given you clues to figure out where you can save or splurge.

YES YOU CAN

A bit of razzle, a bit of dazzle – who doesn’t love glamming it up at Christmas? And, as these five gorgeous readers prove, you can be party ready (and putting the X in Xmas) no matter what your vintage….

THIS IS LUCY

Age 37 Height 5ft|4in Joined January 2013 Start weightiest 71b Goal weight 9st lib Current weight 9st 71b Time taken so far 6 months Meeting Halesowen, West Midlands Leader Anne Wythes

THIS IS AMY

Age 22

Height 5ft 8in Joined June 2009 Start weight 17st 3lb Goal weight 10st lib Current weight 9st 131b Time taken 3 years,

10 months Meeting Denton, Manchester Leader Kath Brown

THIS IS SARAH Age 41 Height 5ft 7in Joined February 2003 Start weight 12st 7lb Goal weight 10st Current weight 9st 5lb Time taken 5 months Meeting Eccleshill Leader Adele Wilkin

Sarah wears: Dress, £99. Miss Selfridge; shoes, £29.99, New Look. Lucy wears: dress, £65, Topshop; shoes, £22.99, New Look; earrings, £8.50, Dorothy Perkins. Amy wears: Dress, £60, Topshop; shoes, £29.99, New Look; necklace, £10, and bracelet, £8.50, both Next

YES YOU CAN

I survived a five-wedding marathon!

At a friend’s birthday six months before joining Weight Watchers

When I fell pregnant with Ben after several miscarriages, 1 was overjoyed, but determined to keep the weight off after he was born. Still, by the time Elijah came,

I was exhausted and the bad eating patterns returned.

I went back to Weight Watchers, knowing I had to eat healthily.

As a primary school teacher, I was always telling the children about the advantages of a healthy, balanced diet, and now w as the time to listen to my ow n advice!

After triumphing at the summer weddings, the Christmas parties were another chance to show off my new (hard-earned!) curves.

I loved nothing more than wearing a dress and heels. As a working mum of two energetic bovs vou can feel so mired in drudge and dressing up is a welcome chink of glamour.

I don’t deprive myself of anything, as long as I can count it in my weekly or I daily allowance. Banning things makes i them more desirable – if I fancy something sweet I’ll treat myself and enjoy it.’

From size 22 to a whole new look!

AMY PRATT,

22, first lost weight for a school prom – then kept on going!

hen the assistant brought out the dazzling purple dress, my knees felt weak. It was strapless, floaty – everything I had dreamed of wearing to the school prom. Hut would it fit? My

heart raced as the ladv fiddled with the zip.

˜Look at that,’ she said finally.

˜It’s too big! You’ve lost so much weight;

I let out a gasp of relief.

To fit into the dress. I’d lost 1st, and more than 3in off my waist. The dress had been the only reason I’d lost weight – but now 1 wanted to lose more!

As a teenager, getting ready to go out with my friends was a ritual I’d come to hate. While their beautiful slinky dresses

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