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Former yo-yo dieter sheds four-and-a-half stone for her fortieth birthday with Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs

When 42-year old Madeline Withers from Banbury, Oxfordshire was told she couldn’t have the children she longed for, she turned to food for comfort. For ten years, Madeline stopped going to work and her weight rocketed to an unhealthy 14st 5lb.

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Madeline's dress size shot up to a size 20 but, with the help of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs in Banbury, Madeline has succeeded in shedding 4st 7lb to now weigh 9st 12lb and – for the first time in her adult life - wear a dress size 10.

Madeline – who has achieved her lifelong dream of wearing size 10 jeans - has gone from not doing any exercise in her life, to becoming an exercise to music instructor, and now teaches three Rosemary Conley classes a week. Her husband, too, has benefitted from the new healthy eating regime and has also lost two-and-a-half stone.

After leaving school, Madeline's weight yo-yoed and her dress size hovered between a size 12 and a size 16. But, it was finding out that she was unable to have children and, after having a hysterectomy and giving up work, when comfort eating and not exercising led to Madeline really piling on the pounds.

"I would sit in front of the TV and comfort eat. Chocolate was my downfall and I would eat big blocks of it. I would buy a big bag of donuts and eat the entire packet and if I had crisps, it had to be a jumbo bag," says Madeline.

"I had no confidence in myself and having been painfully shy all my life, I used to feel that people would either ignore me or bump into me. I never felt nice about myself or pretty," adds Madeline, who made three attempts go through the door of the Rosemary Conley class before she finally had the courage to go in.

It was a year before her fortieth birthday when Madeline decided it was her last chance not to be fat and frumpy and it took just ten months from joining the club for Madeline to transform her body and her life.

"The class instructor, Sharon, was brilliant and all of the members were really friendly and chatty," says Madeline, who for the first few months struggled with the exercise and hid away in a corner at the back of the room. "I now have bags more confidence and it is great to be working again. As well as going out socially once again, I have also joined a gym – something I never thought I would be able to do."

For details of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs in Kidlington & Banbury call Sharon Canning on 01869 240959 or click here to visit Sharon's webpage.

For details of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs around the UK call 01509 620 222 or click here.

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