A TEACHING assistant lost just under five stone after being left embarrassed on a school trip.
Tina Harley decided to do something about her weight after an eye-opening experience with a kayak.
The 51-year-old said: “I was on a school activities trip and I went kayaking with some of the children.
“It was apparent that when I stepped into the kayak, an extra child was needed to balance it.
“I was apprehensive about the avtivity in the first place, but hadn’t realised my weight would nearly literally tip me over the edge.”
She said: “The embarrassment and humilation I felt was a real turning point.”
Tina has now launched her own Slimming World group in South Tyneside, and is hoping to welcome some new members.
Before she joined Slimming World, she tipped the scales at 14st 12.5lbs, and now weighs 10st.
The mum-of-two, who works at Fulwell Junior School, Sunderland, was encouraged to sign up to Slimming World by her friends.
She said: “Taking me to that group was the best gift my friends could ever give me. Everyone was so friendly and the plan was easy to follow. I could still eat my favourite foods like steak and chips, curries and roast dinners. I never felt hungry.”
Tina’s husband, Jason, 49, was so impressed with her weight loss that he signed up to the club as well, and lost four stone, falling from 17st 5lbs to 12st 12lbs. Tina said: “Before Slimming World, we heated up convenience food.
“Now, we cook from scratch and the recipes are delicious, as well as being quick and easy to make.
“I now know how to enjoy foods without the feeling of guilt.
“As a family our whole lives have changed, particularly the special bond between my younger son and myself.
“Kieran enjoys off-road bike riding which, before losing weight, I would never have dreamed of doing. Now, we go out together and have a great time.”
Having reached her own personal target, Tina now wants to help others in the way that her own consultant, David Ducasse, helped her.
Tina’s group opened on Thursday at 7pm, at St Lawrence Church, in Centenary Avenue, South Shields. It will run every week.