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Nurse sheds almost eight stone to scoop health professional slimmer of the year 2013.

Julie Oliver, a 48-year old nurse from Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, who used to weigh 18st ½lb and wear a dress size 22/24 has scooped the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine Health Professional Slimmer of the Year 2013 Award, after shedding a massive 7st 10lb with the help of the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs in Welwyn and St. Albans, Hertfordshire to now weigh just 10st 4½lb and wear a dress size 8/10.

Julie, who now lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is featured in the February issue of the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine – on sale now, and is one of twelve Slimmers of the Year 2013 who have lost a staggering 102 stone between them. Julie received her award – along with £1,000 cash – from Rosemary Conley, CBE, at a glittering ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel on Thursday 3rd January.

Julie is now the slimmest she has been since she was 12 years old and, after recently celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary, is the slimmest her husband has ever known her.

The mother-of-three began putting on weight after her sons were born but it was not pregnancy weight she needed to shift, just excess fat caused by bad eating. “Having three young boys to look after meant I grabbed food whenever I had a free hand. It would either be a block of cheese, half a pack of biscuits, or crisps,” says Julie.

When Julie started working shifts as a nurse from the age of 28, it was detrimental for her health. “The night shifts were the worse,” says Julie. “All the nurses would bring in biscuits and ready meals and I’d snack constantly through the night. I’d then have breakfast before going home, nibbling on cheese and biscuits. I was eating 24 hours a day.”

Rosemary Conley class finderBy her early forties, Julie’s weight had ballooned to 16st 5lb. She had high blood pressure and in 2000 was put on beta blockers. In 2008 Julie’s world fell apart when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Following surgery for a partial mastectomy and to have all of her lymph nodes removed, Julie underwent chemotherapy and was also put on steroids. She explains: “I ate a lot of comfort food during this time. Because of the side effects of the chemotherapy I suffered a sore painful mouth, so I’d eat soft food such as mashed potato covered in butter and cheese. Friends were also keen to take me out for lunch two or three times a week. We’d have a cup of tea and a slice of cake or calorific cream tea. My weight was soon pushing 17st.”

After chemotherapy, Julie embarked on a course of radiotherapy and a course of Tamoxifen, and was told that one of the side effects was weight gain. All the medication she was taking caused a lot of joint pain. Says Julie: “Basic activities like getting out of the chair and climbing the stairs were very painful and added to my weight problems; I was so depressed.”

So, when Julie found out that the cancer hadn’t spread and the gruelling treatment was over, whilst she was elated at the news, she no longer recognised herself in the mirror.

A holiday to Tenerife in March 2011 saw Julie at her lowest ever. “I had to buy a pair of size 24 shorts, which were the biggest pair I could find, and I felt miserable all holiday. The weather was rubbish, I was 18st ½lb and no longer felt like me,” says Julie. “I was depressed and had a negative view of my body: I couldn’t bear to look at myself in the mirror but I vowed that having survived breast cancer, and having been through three major operations in my quest to overcome it, I wasn’t going to let the side effects of all the medication, surgery and treatment, rob me of my life.

Instead Julie went along to the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs in Welwyn and St Albans, where she lost just under a stone in the first month. “Lindsey, the instructor, encouraged and supported me to lose every pound. Especially when in July 2011 I had my final breast surgery. I was unable to exercise for 6 weeks, but was guided and supported by Lindsey to continue losing weight, there is no way I would have achieved it without her.” adds Julie.

Julie started exercising and soon started attending five Rosemary Conley classes a week. By January 2012, Julie’s blood pressure tablets were halved and by May 2012, they were stopped altogether. She reached her goal weight within 14 months of joining the Rosemary Conley Club and has since lost another half stone.

“It’s reassuring to know that I’m a much healthier person. I was at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which runs in my family, but I’ve dramatically reduced my risk. I like knowing that I’ve made an investment in the future, which is why it’s such an honour to win Health Professional Slimmer of the Year,” adds Julie.

“My eldest son has just got engaged and I can’t wait to buy a size 10 outfit for his wedding!”

To read the full story of how Julie battled ill health and her weight to become the Health Professional Slimmer of the Year 2013 check out the February issue of Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness magazine, on sale now and on Rosemary’s free internet TV channel,

For details of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs in Ware, Welwyn Garden City, St. Albans call Lindsey Peters on 01707 334229 or click here to visit Lindsey’s website.

*weekly class fees may vary

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