Jumping for Joy as Cannock lady reverses diabetes after 29 years

Jumping for Joy as Cannock lady reverses diabetes after 29 years


Joy Thornley, 56 from Cannock, in the West Midlands, knew she had to do something about her weight and after some thought in January 2018; she re-joined her local WW (the new Weight Watchers) workshop on a Saturday morning.

She was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 27 and for years ignored the facts around the disease which lead to further health problems. It took years of illness for Joy to eventually consider that losing weight could help reduce the pain she was suffering.

Joy’s WW weight loss coach, Nicky Orton, encouraged Joy on her journey and kept Joy positive with every lb lost. Joy now sees that those little losses all add up to the bigger ones.

“I knew I needed to lose quite a bit of weight,” she said, “so after a few weeks thinking about the reasons why I wanted to lose the weight I joined WW in January 2018.

I had been to WW before so I sort of knew what to expect but I was still nervous walking in to the workshop, but there was no need to be nervous as it was a friendly group headed by my lovely wellness coach Nicky.

After her last diabetic check-up she was amazed when her diabetic nurse congratulated her and told her the fantastic results that not only had her blood sugars lowered but her blood pressure, cholesterol levels and kidney functions were all normal.

Joys start weight was 15st 6lbs and although she’s still on her journey to a healthy BMI her current weight is 11st 8lbs, 54lbs lost in total; “The WW freestyle plan is very easy to follow and with over 200 zero pointed foods, I have food that is very flexible to still enjoy meals out and enjoy the food I love. “

Her starting weight was 15st 6lb; her current weight is 11st 8lb – an amount 54ib lost.



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