IN the case of one Westhoughton woman, a journey to lose half her body weight was sparked by pictures of a night out back in 2016.

Donna Curme, 45, said: “When I saw that photo, it suddenly hit me how unhealthy I’d become. I actually started crying when I looked at myself, but I made a decision there and then to do something about it.

“I’m the kind of person that if I set myself a target, I’m determined to keep working towards it, whether it takes six months, a year, two years — I’ll keep at it.

“I wanted to lose six stone in total, almost half my body weight. A huge amount, but that was the target I set myself and I was determined not to let it beat me.”

Ms Curme used the same techniques set out by the NHS, sticking to calorie limits, walking often and signing up to her local Slimming World.

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She also had the help of personal trainer Adam Tinnion at Westhoughton Leisure Centre to move the last stubborn stone.

He said: “I could see Donna was dedicated to her goal. She was a gym regular, but was clearly frustrated at the lack of progress.

"I suggested reassessing her relationship with food, increasing her daily protein intake, tracking her calories to ensure she was in a slight, sustainable calorie deficit and adding weight training as I knew that was the perfect way for someone to reduce body fat and improve muscle, bone, and joint health safely and effectively.

“We discussed the importance of Donna’s family, work and social life and that by constantly performing cardiovascular exercise Donna would have to spend longer and longer in the gym to cause a stimulus and encourage the body to adapt.

"I suggested weight training as this would be the most beneficial, causing a response from her body to retain the muscle mass Donna already had.”

Ms Curme was initially nervous about training with weights. She said: “I’m not going to lie, I was very skeptical about weight training.

"I thought if I just carried on with the cardio, it would start to work, but I had hit a brick wall with the weight loss, so I thought, why not.

"12 weeks of hard work. It was tough but so effective! I’m now stronger than ever, happier than I’ve been in a very long time, and so proud of myself. I’ve had a lot of support along the way.

“Loose skin can be an issue for people who drop a lot of weight, but with the weight training, my bingo wings are long gone, and I’m now just 9st 13lb and feeling amazing.”