Helen Flanagan's sister reveals family's weight loss secret

Jessica Flanagan with mum Julia

Helen Flanagan

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THE sister of TV star Helen Flanagan has revealed that her family owes their trim figures to a weight loss class in Bolton.

Jessica, aged 21, has lost three stone since last August thanks to healthy eating and exercise.

Mum Julia, aged 55, has also lost three stone at the WeightWatchers class, which is run by Elaine Simkin at Quakers Religious Society Of Friends in Silverwell Street.

Petite Miss Flanagan, a theology and religious studies student at Leeds University, began watching her weight last year after piling on three stone from eating unhealthy food such as ready meals and takeaways.

Inspired by her actress sister’s slim figure, and the fact her mum has kept her weight off since losing it five years ago, Miss Flanagan started on her quest for a healthier lifestyle, and now the trio motivate each other and swap diet and exercise tips.

Miss Flanagan said: “Helen is a best friend. I’m so proud of her. She’s my role model and we help each other with healthy eating and both give each other tips and motivate one another as well as exercise together.

“I work at Camp America as a counsellor in between studies, so I was in California for three months last year and I admit I did enjoy every minute while I was there.


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“When I returned mum said I didn’t look happy, so asked if I wanted to go to her WeightWatchers class. The realisation hit me that my weight was the reason why I was unhappy.

“It was daunting to go at first, but Elaine is such a good motivator. If you’ve had a bad week she doesn’t shout at you, she encourages you and helps you get back on track.”

Mrs Flanagan lost three stone five years ago and has kept off the weight off.

She said: “You want the best for your children so it can be a very tricky thing to try and get them to think about healthy eating.

"So when Jessica came back from America I started to suggest healthy eating to her and she decided to join me at a class. It’s like an extended family there — and Elaine is so supportive.

“We’ve all gone as a family at some point — even Helen follows it online and always rings me up asking for tips.

"She loves me making the recipes, so when I go to see her she always says I am the best cook ever, which is really nice. It’s ideal for her to follow too because she’s always on the go.”

Elaine added: “I think the family is amazing. They have done it all together — even Helen who can’t attend gets the information from Jessica. They are a great example of how to live and eat healthily.”

The class meets every Thursday at noon at Quakers Religious Society of Friends in Silverwell Street. Call 01942 810762 for information.

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9:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Are there not more important issues to report other than this nonsense. Why not get your reporter & camera person go out and report on the Bolton back streets of shame. Thats what reporters usually do at good publications.
Are there not more important issues to report other than this nonsense. Why not get your reporter & camera person go out and report on the Bolton back streets of shame. Thats what reporters usually do at good publications. thomas222
  • Score: 33

9:50am Tue 29 Apr 14

goldie47 says...

does anyone really care....report proper news.....
does anyone really care....report proper news..... goldie47
  • Score: 33

9:59am Tue 29 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Oh, perhaps I can get myself in the paper here with my handy weight loss tip.

Are you ready? Here goes;

Eat less and move around more.
Oh, perhaps I can get myself in the paper here with my handy weight loss tip. Are you ready? Here goes; Eat less and move around more. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 31

10:17am Tue 29 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Well done.

I lost something called virginity almost 40 years ago, so let's have an article on that or something similar from someone else. :-)

Another crock of Bolton News reporting 8ull5h1t !!

Who wants' to know? Who needs to know? And, most importantly, who in their right and stable frame of mind actually gives a flying f**k?
Well done. I lost something called virginity almost 40 years ago, so let's have an article on that or something similar from someone else. :-) Another crock of Bolton News reporting 8ull5h1t !! Who wants' to know? Who needs to know? And, most importantly, who in their right and stable frame of mind actually gives a flying f**k? wsw69
  • Score: 47

10:19am Tue 29 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Less 5h1te rammed down ones grid = less 5h1te building up around ones hips and other bits.

Simples !!!!! ;-)
Less 5h1te rammed down ones grid = less 5h1te building up around ones hips and other bits. Simples !!!!! ;-) wsw69
  • Score: 20

10:55am Tue 29 Apr 14

danssoncabaret says...

Slow news day?
Slow news day? danssoncabaret
  • Score: 11

11:17am Tue 29 Apr 14

stereo_world says...

If you're going to report about weight loss, why not seek out members of the community as examples? Not some bimbo no-one gives half a sh*t about.

I'm sure there are many REAL women out there in the region who have used the same club and gotten better results.
If you're going to report about weight loss, why not seek out members of the community as examples? Not some bimbo no-one gives half a sh*t about. I'm sure there are many REAL women out there in the region who have used the same club and gotten better results. stereo_world
  • Score: 9

11:54am Tue 29 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Isn't that slim anyway.
Isn't that slim anyway. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -4

12:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

boltoncity says...

good looking ladies - well done
good looking ladies - well done boltoncity
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lancashiregirl says...

So this is news is it, I must say though she is far nicer than Helen
So this is news is it, I must say though she is far nicer than Helen lancashiregirl
  • Score: 5

4:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

When we used to get stories about Helen Flanagan buying new curtains and rubbish like that, I thought things couldn't get any lower, in terms of reporting vacuous nonsense, but you've proved me wrong, BN.......

Now, not only are you keeping us abreast of Helen Flanagan's pointless existence, you've decided to branch out and start reporting on her wider family's tedious lives.....

"Sister of former (very) minor celebrity from Bolton loses a few pounds by exercising!"

Utter rubbish.......
When we used to get stories about Helen Flanagan buying new curtains and rubbish like that, I thought things couldn't get any lower, in terms of reporting vacuous nonsense, but you've proved me wrong, BN....... Now, not only are you keeping us abreast of Helen Flanagan's pointless existence, you've decided to branch out and start reporting on her wider family's tedious lives..... "Sister of former (very) minor celebrity from Bolton loses a few pounds by exercising!" Utter rubbish....... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 6

4:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

The world seems to be full of unhappy stories so it is nice to have the occasional story where there's a smile involved. No, it's not serious, but I'm beginning to have had my fill of all the serious stories that seem to deal solely with death and destruction.
The world seems to be full of unhappy stories so it is nice to have the occasional story where there's a smile involved. No, it's not serious, but I'm beginning to have had my fill of all the serious stories that seem to deal solely with death and destruction. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

I am stunned she sounds really bright ! well done.
I am stunned she sounds really bright ! well done. Lancashire always
  • Score: 4

4:22am Wed 30 Apr 14

Alfranco says...

This is really about HELL-ON-FLANGON. HELEN knows for a fact Everyone's Pi$$ed off with her continually trying to get "NEWSPAPER ARTICLES INTO EVERY PAPER GOD-SENDS" So she's (USED) her unknown family members & decided to MILK THE FAMILY NAME FOR ALL ITS WORTH). Using this as a cover story for publicity stunt just to get noticed AGAIN. Call me synical but thats what I think.
This is really about HELL-ON-FLANGON. HELEN knows for a fact Everyone's Pi$$ed off with her continually trying to get "NEWSPAPER ARTICLES INTO EVERY PAPER GOD-SENDS" So she's (USED) her unknown family members & decided to MILK THE FAMILY NAME FOR ALL ITS WORTH). Using this as a cover story for publicity stunt just to get noticed AGAIN. Call me synical but thats what I think. Alfranco
  • Score: 0

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