Rugby mum gears up for Race for Life after dropping four dress sizes

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“I can now wear my engagement and eternity rings again”

A Rugby mum has dropped four dress sizes and is all geared up to take part in a 5k charity run.

Laura Statham said a trip to the doctor’s was the wake-up call she needed she get in shape.

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The Slimming World member is now in training for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Laura before losing the weight. Right: Pictured with Sophie, who runs a Slimming World group in Rugby.Laura before losing the weight. Right: Pictured with Sophie, who runs a Slimming World group in Rugby.
Laura before losing the weight. Right: Pictured with Sophie, who runs a Slimming World group in Rugby.

Laura said: “I turned 40 last year and was invited to a medical check up with the practice nurse.

"They identified my high BMI and with my permission, referred me for a free 12 week Slimming World membership.

"It was the kick up the backside I needed, so I joined my local group straight away.”

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Laura was familiar with the plan after losing four stone with the group in 2016.

Laura shows off her weight loss - and brand new look.Laura shows off her weight loss - and brand new look.
Laura shows off her weight loss - and brand new look.

“I was thrilled,” Laura added.

"However, my husband’s job meant we moved house every couple of years. This move threw my regular routine and although I joined a new group, it didn’t feel the same and I stopped going.”

Laura lost motivation and the weight returned.

Before returning, Laura started the plan again and lost five pounds.

“It refuelled my motivation,” she said.

She is now a member of Sophie Cheetham’s group in Rugby.

Laura said: “In October 2023 I start the couch to 5k. I had never run before so this was a mental challenge as well as a physical one.

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"I grabbed my dog’s lead and off we went three times a week, until nine weeks later I managed a full 5k without stopping.

"I have now added pilates into my schedule, so with that and running I exercise three or four times a week alongside food optimising.”

She will join other Slimming World members for her first 5k Race for Life in May.

"The fact we have entered as a group shows how supportive and inspirational group can be,” said Laura.

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“I have gone down four clothes sizes and can now wear my engagement and eternity rings again, which hadn't fit for a number of years. I have more energy to keep up with my kids and our busy life and I generally feel more confident and content with myself.

“Getting to target after just 8.5 months was amazing, and I am so proud of myself and thankful to Sophie, who is amazing, and also support from my group.”

Sophie’s groups are on a Thursday at 5.30pm and 7pm. They take place at Rugby Borough Football Club in Kilsby Lane. Visit https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/group/564865