A DECISION to keep a friend company at a slimming club has had startling results for a young Wigan woman.
Abigail Roddam was always described as “big but pretty.”
But there was no shocking photograph that spurred her on with her weight loss or no cruel jibes from people mocking her size.
It was just the simple fact that a friend didn’t want to go to a slimming club alone.
And now 18 months later, Abigail is an incredible FIVE stones lighter, having slimmed down from a size 22 to 12.
Abigail of Calverhall Way, Ashton- in-Makerfield began attending Wigan slimming group, Slim Rite at Queens Road Methodist Church at the age of 19, when she was 17 stone and a size 22.
She is now more just 12 stone and a whole lot happier.
Abigail, now 21, said: “A friend wanted me to join Slim Rite with her, I didn’t really want to go because I wasn’t unhappy with my weight, I didn’t really care.
“After about two weeks, my friend stopped going but I carried on when I started to see the effects.
“I never really cared about what I looked like, or at least I thought I didn’t.
“People didn’t really make bad comments about me being fat, they used to say ‘Abigail you may be big but you have a pretty face’.
“I have a very bubbly personality and I have always been outgoing and because of this, nothing really spurred me on to lose any weight until I joined this group.
“But I did think deep down why I had let myself get so big at such a young age.”
The former Up Holland High School pupil has followed the calorie count diet from day one of starting the group.
Abigail said: “Joining the group wasn’t about restricting myself with what I could eat, I just have the same foods but smaller portions.
“I now realise how much I used to eat, I could eat forever. I feel fabulous now and I feel so healthy.”
Now, a size 12, Abigail feels she can wear more fashionable clothes.
She said: “I didn’t enjoy going clubbing because I couldn’t wear what I wanted, now I can and I love it.”
The beauty therapist may have thought she was confident before her weight loss but her new look has given her a new lease of life, she now enjoys jogging and can go out knowing she looks and feels good.
Abigail said: “I would say to anybody who is like me, to join a slimmimg club. If I can lose weight like this, anybody can.”
Helen Barnes, group leader, said: “She’s a very bright, bubbly girl but this weight loss has made a big difference, she looks fantastic.”