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Seascale slimmer loses weight and gains a fiancée

Jonathon Manford has lost seven stone Photo: ITV Border

A man from Seascale has a double reason to be grateful for joining a slimming class.

Jonathon Manford has lost seven stone in the last 18 months and is now engaged to Kelly Anderson - the consultant who runs the group.

At his heaviest Jonathon weighed 26 stone. So 18 months ago he realised he had to take action and slim down.

Jonathon before his major weight loss Credit: Jonathon Manford

"Everybody used to say you're just a big, strong lad. After a few years I think people say they see photographs of themselves and when you see them you think, I am a big lad but I'm a bit too big for what I'd like to look like so it was that mainly that made we switch."

– Jonathon Manford

What then made the difference was going to a slimming class and learning about living a healthy lifestyle. He was reluctant to go at first but says he's glad he decided to take the plunge.

"It's been absolutely brilliant. Everyone is there to support each other, If you ever have any rough times or weeks when you feel you don't want to do it this week there's always somebody at the group that's there to pick you back up and help you get up running again."

– Jonathon Manford

Jonathon, who works at Sellafield and Kelly, a Slimming World consultant, are getting married at Muncaster Castle in July.

Kelly says:

"We got engaged on the Friday and then he took the kids to school on the Monday and he came back and I said, 'Get back in the car, we're going to Muncaster. I've booked the wedding!' So a bit of a whirlwind but when you know it's right, it's right."

– Kelly Anderson

In all ways, deciding to lose weight has made a huge difference to his life.

"It's a bit of a funny thing to say but I do feel like half the person I used to be, I mean even walking into a shop and being able to buy a pair of jeans or a T-shirt that fits rather than ordering everything online, it's a brilliant feeling."

– Jonathon Manford

Jonathon isn't finished with slimming yet. He plans to lose up to another five stone before the wedding.