RIDING Great Yarmouth’s iconic wooden roller-coaster is a thrill for most fun-seekers, but for Nicola McPherson it was a life-affirming milestone.

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For the pencil-slim 42-year-old, whose incredible weight loss achievement has seen her shed 20 stone, it meant she could finally fit into a car and share the white-knuckle experience with her children.

The delighted mother-of-six, of York Road, was able to plot her slimming progress by ordinary acts of attainment like being able to ride a pedal bike, go swimming, and enjoy the town’s famous rollercoaster for the first time since her teens.

And now she is relishing a whole new world of retail opportunity having dropped ten dress sizes - and two-thirds of her body weight - via a simple and solid regime of healthy eating and exercise.

Her unwavering commitment has earned her the admiration of instructors and mentors at Fitness 2000 after she was first referred there for exercise by her doctor.

And now she wants to inspire others to transform their lives - and says it’s not as difficult as people would think, once you put your mind to it.

“Chocolate was everything. I would get highly excited if they brought out a new range,” she said.

“Now my lifestyle has changed to such a degree that it is not important.

“I feel happier now than I can ever remember. I feel ready to take on the day, every day. It is an incredible feeling.”

Her life-changing moment came when she was handed a high blood pressure diagnosis and also one of fatty liver disease.

Until then, and since her first child was born when she was 18, she had an “ostrich” attitude to her weight, ignoring the pain in her knees and continuing to make herself almost sick with food every night before bed.

First came a visit to the dietician who told her to eat with her family at 5.30pm and not to touch a morsel thereafter.

That small change saw four stone fall off quickly and it was at that point she was referred to Fitness 2000 in Southtown Road where staff devised an exercise plan she could stick to.

Miss McPherson who has two children with special needs said: “Exercise can make you feel just as good as a chocolate cake. I was in a sad situation.

“People have said to me ‘it must have been so hard’ but after the first week something just clicked. I have not had any massive cravings or been rolling around in pain because I am hungry.

“But getting my mind in the right place was the most important thing for me.

“There are lots of people who eat for reasons, not hunger. If everyone had the opportunity to find out why they were doing it, it might be slightly easier for them.

“I couldn’t have done it without Fitness 2000. I really enjoy it and the staff have been so helpful. I walk everywhere now whereas before I took the car to go to the shop for a couple of hundred yards.

11 comments

  • Well done mum, you finally did it :D we are all proud xx

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    Jodie Mcpherson

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Nicola should be the role model for the rest of Great Yarmouth, our very own cover girl.

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    Paul Morley

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Well done Nicola! Gosh, that was a lot of weight to lose without surgery, you look amazing now, you must be very proud of yourself. I too changed my diet (I was a chocoholic) last year when my husband became a diabetic, it was the wake-up call we needed (a little late, agreed), all I cut out was chocolate, cakes & biscuits, joined a gym and go swimming, I have lost around 3 stone, I would not weigh myself before so not sure on the exact amount, but, like you Nicola I feel great and found it surprisingly easy, no-more diet clubs for me! Think many overweight people do not go to the gym because of embarrasement,but, they should not feel like that because people actually admire them for trying and in a short space of time the weight start to comes off anyway!

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    Lynda

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Well done 2 Nicki she has done a amazing job on loosing her weight she is one of the best people u could ever meet, she have such a heart of gold and really really deserved this. What a amazing person she looks once again Nicki well done mate xxxx

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    marisa

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Well done to her, fantastic achievement, she looks amazing, just shows you what can be done if you put your mind into it

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    harry100

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • This is a very great achievement I grant you, but is the mercury running out of news. No cats stuck up trees or disappearing shopping carts.

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    Z:)

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Well done to her.I just hope that more morbidly obese fat people will look at these and do something about their weight instead of eating chips and wearing those 'slimming' leggings.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Another picture for the collection :D x

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    Jodie Mcpherson

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • congrats nicki , you could be inspirational to other ladies that are generous with their proportions

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    phillip mitchell

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • I Love my mum she is amazing she has done really well xxx I love her so much more every day now as well as before I now love her that hundred percent more I love her so much xx well done mum ... You finally achieved what you wanted and did it yes I'm very proud of it!!!!!

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    PwiincessDevan McPherson

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • How come no comments from a proud husband?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, January 11, 2013

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