"Inspirational" Brenda, 77, drops five dress sizes
A Newquay pensioner has been described as an inspiration after losing two stones and dropping five dress sizes.
Brenda Boxall decided that she wanted to change her life and lose weight at the age of 74.
She joined Newquay’s WeightWatchers club in April 2010 and began walking several miles each day.
She lost two stones in six months, reaching her goal weight of 10 stones in October 2010 and shrinking to half her original dress size.
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The retired teacher has managed to keep the weight off for three years, now weighing less than 10 stones, and continues to attend the Newquay group once a week.
She said: “When I last weighed myself I was 9st 9lbs. I am a lot smaller now. I feel much better. I can walk up hills. I can do anything I want.
“Your health is more important. I am now a size 10/12 instead of a size 16/18/20.
“Age does not matter. Anyone can do it.”
Brenda joined WeightWatchers in April 2010 under an NHS referral scheme because she was unhappy with her size.
She was referred by her GP to attend a WeightWatchers meeting at the Heron Tennis Centre, Newquay.
Whilst on the 12 week referral programme, Brenda lost 14lb - an average of 1.25lbs each week.
When Brenda's referral programme finished in July 2010, she became a WeightWatchers monthly pass member and continued to lose weight each week until she achieved her goal weight - 10 stones - on October 21 2010, having lost 28lbs, or 2 stones.
Since being at goal, Brenda has always maintained her weight, and for the majority of time just under. She has never gone above her goal weight.
Brenda puts her success down to following the WeightWatchers healthy eating plan, tracking every day and she also walks four to five miles each day in order to maintain her goal weight.
She was last week presented with a gold celebratory cake by the Newquay WeightWatchers group in light of her achievements.
Brenda said the cake was a nice treat.
“Yes it was very nice,” she said.
“We ate the rest on Saturday to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary.
“They are a marvellous lot of people at the group. It is a very happy thing to do. We have a very happy time.
“I would encourage people to come to Weight Watchers.”
Proud WeightWatchers leader, Dawn McKenna, said: “Brenda has been at goal for three years this week, and on behalf of Weight Watchers, our members and clerks, I would like to congratulate her.
“You have certainly been an inspiration in losing weight healthily and keeping it off.”
Brenda’s cake was made and donated by Richard Cornish, Barrowfields Hotel manager.
Meetings take place on Thursdays at 7pm at the Heron Tennis Centre, Newquay. Please contact Dawn McKenna on 07739 235410 for further details.