Exmouth woman is ‘an inspiration’ as she loses eight stone

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 January 2014

Sharon Wall celebrates losing eight stone. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 1506-01-14AW

Sharon Wall celebrates losing eight stone. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 1506-01-14AW

Archant

AN Exmouth woman is starting 2014 with more than a spring in her step.

Sharon Wall before she lost weightSharon Wall before she lost weight

Sharon Wall, 44, has shed eight stone in six years, dropping from a size 24 to a slinky size 12.

And her slimming group leader has said that Sharon’s 113lb-loss is an inspiration, encouraging her to lose five stone herself.

“There were two triggers for me to start losing weight,” said Sharon, who works for NHS Occupational Health in Exeter.

“I’d gone on a flight to Dublin and I had to ask for an extra-length seat belt. It was a big thing for me. I sat there in tears the whole way.

“The other thing was my sister was having cancer treatment at London’s St Bart’s Hospital. I’d gone up there to pick her up. The lift was out of order and had to climb three flights of stairs.

“I was at my biggest – 20 stone. I remember walking into the ward and my sister said I looked a mess because I was so out of breath. I was sweating and hot and bothered.

“I looked around, thinking there’s all these people who haven’t got any choice on what’s happened to them and there’s me, slowly killing myself, just by overeating.

“And that was it. I knew I had to do something.”

Out went the packs of party cocktail sausage rolls that Sharon used to cook for herself and chomp through ‘without thinking twice about what I was doing’.

In came food portioning, inner discipline and regular attendance at Weight Watchers meetings in Exmouth.

It wasn’t easy. Although the weight gradually came off, Sharon hit a plateau. For a year the scales stayed the same.

She was inspired by new group leader, Hayley Burridge, 32, who talked to the group about “tracking” their weight.

“Something clicked and that was it,” said Sharon. “The weight started going off ever since. It’s taken some doing, but I’m glad that I’ve got there.”

“It’s an exceptional weight loss,” said Hayley. “Things that people use as excuses to fall off and put weight back on, Sharon has smashed through. She’s had leader changes, plan changes and still managed to do it. She’s an inspiration.”

Hayley says that one of the reasons she joined Weight Watchers was that she saw Sharon losing the pounds and had to do something about her own weight.

Within two years of joining the Seaton group, Hayley had shed five stone.

Hayley’s meetings are at Exeter Road Community Primary School on Saturdays at 10am. Contact Hayley on 07791 888815.

0 comments

Other News Stories

A Budleigh Salterton fisherman claims a decision to ‘force’ him into taking expensive public liability insurance on vital seafront huts will ‘screw’ his livelihood.

Read more
06:30

A disabled woman’s fear of becoming housebound will become a reality if funds cannot be found to pay for a new wheelchair.

Read more
09:10

Residents of an Exmouth care home have had a visit from a four-legged friend.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake, youngsters from St Peter’s Primary School have held a ‘space week’.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A competition has been launched to inspire people to provide habitats for bees.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A thieving son who broke into his father’s home when he was in hospital has been jailed after the victim told a judge he had broken his heart.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A professional footballer paedophile who worked in Exmouth and was found guilty of child abuse has been told by a judge his ‘long jail sentence’ has been adjourned so he can apply for legal aid.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A Judge has banned nightmare neighbour Alex Humphreys from returning to her former address in Exmouth after her ‘disgraceful’ behaviour towards other residents.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare said it has been ‘humbled’ by the selfless generosity of the Harbour View Café.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Police are appealing for information after an arm shield was stolen from a parked vehicle in Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications