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Life’s a beach for Katie and Tony after losing 200lbs


· Katie and Tony Viney decided to lose weight after worrying that their size meant they wouldn’t live to see their grandchildren grow up

· They used to watch their children play on the beach from their car as they didn’t have the energy to join them

· Since joining Slimming World they’ve lost an incredible 200lbs

A couple who feared that their weight meant they would never get to see their grandchildren grow up have lost an incredible 200lbs between them.

Katie and Tony Viney, from Bicester, used to have so little energy that on family vacations they’d drive up to a beach and watch their four children play from the side-lines rather than join in with the fun.

The couple’s lightbulb moment came when their eldest daughter turned 18 and they began to think about their long-term future. Katie, 45, who has now lost 127½lbs, says: “As a busy mom of four I’d put my own health to the bottom of the pile for years. I’d always been big but with every pregnancy I just became bigger and bigger. Each of my pregnancies was deemed high-risk because of my weight – so much so that I needed a big luminous sticker on all of my notes.

Katie Viney
If I’m honest I never truly realized how much our weight was having an impact on our lives before – we have such a zest for life now and we’re ready to take on anything
Katie Viney

“Our eldest daughter Rhiannon was about to turn 18 and it hit me that suddenly my children were becoming adults themselves – and that one day I might have grandchildren. At the rate I was going, I knew that I wouldn’t be around to see them. My fitness was terrible and even a short walk would tire me out. I didn’t even like walking up the stairs unless I absolutely had to. Something had to change.”

Tony, 52, who has lost 72½lbs, decided to support his wife on her weight-loss journey after she asked for an unusual Christmas present. He says: “Like every year, in December 2017 I asked Katie what she would like for Christmas. She became a bit emotional and asked me if she could have a Slimming World membership. I could see how much she wanted to make a change, so I decided to bite the bullet and join with her.

“I’d always been overweight myself – my family owned a takeout restaurant so there was always fried food on the menu. In fact, I used to get bored of eating fries so developed a liking for deep fried English pies. When Katie told me she didn’t think she’d be alive to see any of our grandchildren grow up, it really shocked me into action. We joined Slimming World that January and honestly we haven’t looked back since.”

Tony, who is a hotelier, says: “As a professional chef I was a little bit worried that we’d have to give up all of our favorite foods and just live on a diet of cabbage leaves! I couldn’t have been more wrong though. I soon realized that I could adapt many of our favorite family meals to make them the Slimming World way – just by making simple swaps like switching from oil to low-calorie cooking spray and using lean cuts of meat. One of our favorites is a beef stroganoff, it’s absolutely delicious.”


Katie, a teaching assistant, wanted to lose weight for health reasons, too. She says: “I developed lymphedema in my legs after getting cellulitis a few years ago, and as a result had to wear surgical stockings all of the time. Since losing weight though, my circulation has improved so much that one of my legs is completely back to normal now. If I’m honest I never truly realized how much our weight was having an impact on our lives before – we have such a zest for life now and we’re ready to take on anything.”

Tony admits that his health has improved since losing weight, too. He says: “Before we lost the weight, we were barely active at all. On our family vacations we’d drive up to a beach, open the car doors and watch the kids play from the comfort of the car. Then we’d pack them all up again, drive a bit further up the coast and do the same again. I realize now that we weren’t enjoying the time with our children to the fullest. These days we run 4-5 miles a day with our two dogs and we’re full of energy – so active family days out are the norm for us now and we hope to be this fit and active for many more years to come.”



Katie Viney

Age: 45

Height: 5ft 8½ins /1.74m

Starting weight: 21st 3½lbs/297½lbs/135kg

Current weight: 12st 2lbs/170lbs/77kg

Weight loss: 9st 1½lbs/127½lbs/58kg

Starting dress size: 28

Current dress size: 14

Date joined Slimming World: January 2018

Tony Viney

Age: 52

Height: 5ft 4ins/1.6m

Starting weight: 16st 7lbs/231lbs/105kg

Current weight: 11st 4½lbs/158½lbs/72kg

Weight loss: 5st 2½lbs/72½lbs/33kg

Starting waist measurement: 38ins/183cm

Current waist measurement: 30ins/97cm

Date joined Slimming World: January 2018

Katie’s before menu:

Breakfast: Cereal and milk or a pain au chocolat

Lunch: Sandwich, chips and cookies

Dinner: Takeout

Snacks: cookies, chips and candy

Evening: More snacking on cookies, candy and chips

Katie’s after menu:

Breakfast: Porridge with mixed berries

Mid-morning: Apple and banana fruit pot

Lunch: Large homemade chicken salad

Dinner: Beef stroganoff, goulash or stir-fry served with rice or veggies

Evening: Fresh fruit, fat free yogurt

Tony’s before menu:

Breakfast: Small bowl of cereal with milk

Lunch: A burger with bacon, cheese, mushrooms and black pudding

Dinner: A takeout or creamy carbonara with lots of cheese

Snacks: Chocolate, cookies and chips

Evening: More chocolate, cookies and chips

Tony’s after menu:

Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with fruit and no-free natural yogurt

Mid-morning: Banana and an apple

Lunch: Large homemade salad with tuna or chicken

Dinner: Beef stroganoff, goulash or stir-fry served with rice or veg

Evening: Fresh fruit, fat-free yogurt, sugar-free jello

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