A WHITCHUCH woman’s ankle operation has led to her losing more than four stones in weight.

Michaela Steele 56, from Whitchurch, has shed four-and-a-half stones through her local Slimming World group, after being told she needed to lose weight to aid her recovery.

Michaela said she was drawn in after smelling Slimming World recipes being cooked when she visited friends.


She said: “I took the plunge and decided to join on June 30, the same month as my youngest son got married.

“I then went along to my local Slimming World group in Whitchurch.

“I was very apprehensive as I was doing this alone and didn’t know what to expect but I didn’t need to worry as I met the consultant who soon put me at ease with a lovely welcome.

“Going to a group meeting has meant I have managed to stick to the plan due to the huge levels of support on offer, it was also fun and lots of information was given for me to have a fantastic first week.

“I had tried several other diets but they didn’t work and during my first week I did think this can’t be right as I can eat lots of food. I was eating more than I normally did filling up on fruit, vegetables and lots of salads.

“Before my operation I had lost nearly two stones which was massive to me and this was having an all-inclusive holiday too.

“After my operation my recovery was long but losing the weight helped me move around easier on crutches. I even managed to take part in Walk for Life sponsored walk.

“This is something I never would have dreamt about doing before losing the weight.”

Michaela credits her consultant Tina Hayward with inspiring the weight loss, dropping and says she enjoys a variety of meals using her Slimming World criteria.

She added: “My husband Antony who has been so supportive is a vegetarian.

“We both have a huge level of variety of foods and they now enjoy trying new foods.

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“Attending Slimming World for me feels like a hobby now and I really enjoy the social side by going to group every week and on November 9, 2023 I got to my target weight and I’m now a target member with a weight loss of four stones seven pounds.”

Tina, who runs the Wem and Whitchurch groups, said: “I’m so proud of Michaela and the inspirational way in which she’s lost her weight.”

To find out more about the Whitchurch Slimming World group, which is held on Thursdays at Bridgewater Bowling Club, Off Anchor Close, Whitchurch, at 9am, 10.30am, 5pm & 6.30pm either pop along, or call Tina on 07894 225813 or visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk