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Slimmer sets sights on mountain climb after losing over five stone

PUBLISHED: 13:15 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 01 April 2018

Karen Oastler has lost five stone and four pounds since being at Slimming World. Photo: Courtesy of Karen Oastler

Karen Oastler has lost five stone and four pounds since being at Slimming World. Photo: Courtesy of Karen Oastler

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Since shaking the weight off Karen Oastler has gotten back on a bike after more than 30 years and is setting her sight on climbing mount Snowdon. Photo: Bev HanseySince shaking the weight off Karen Oastler has gotten back on a bike after more than 30 years and is setting her sight on climbing mount Snowdon. Photo: Bev Hansey

Karen Oastler, from Tivetshall, has been on a life-changing journey since joining Slimming World and has scooped the award for most weight lost in her group.

She said: “I feel like a new woman since losing weight and, in fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person.

“For me though it is the change inside that has been the greatest.

“I’m happier, healthier and much more confidence now.”

Before her impressive five stone weight loss Karen Oastler was a size 28. Photo: Courtesy of Karen OastlerBefore her impressive five stone weight loss Karen Oastler was a size 28. Photo: Courtesy of Karen Oastler

The 49-year-old added her most embarrassing moment happened ten years ago when she became wedged in a turnstile at Watford football ground.

“Fortunately I just managed to push and squeeze myself through before they called the fire brigade to rescue me.”

Karen initially joined the Long Stratton Slimming World group in July 2016 and says it took a lot of courage to get out of the car and walk through the doors for the first time.

She followed the food optimising eating plan and has so far lost five stone and four pounds, dropping from a size 28 to an 18 along the way.

This year she is determined to reach her target and is also using exercise to reach her target weight.

Bev Hansey who runs the Long Stratton Slimming World group said: “Karen is an amazing role model for anyone wanting to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and becoming healthier and happier.”

Karen added: “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad or obsessively counting every calorie you eat.

“It’s not like that at all with Slimming World - I love food and it has never once felt like I was on a diet.”

This year Karen also got on a bike for the first time in 30 years and currently training for the 25-mile Diss Cyclathon in June and the 42-mile Wiggle Suffolk Spinner Sportive.

Her next goal is to climb Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain.

The Long Stratton group meets on Tuesdays at the High School. To join call Bev on 07912 849995 or just go along.

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