A DONCASTER mum who was told she would have to take drugs for life has kicked the pills after signing up for fitness classes.
Mum-of-two Valerie Ryan, aged 51, of Cantley, gave her unhealthy habits the boot with a training programme at Doncaster Dome’s Fitness Village, after doctors told her that her high blood pressure and cholesterol levels would mean lifelong drug treatment.
Valerie, who works as a relationship manager, said: “My weight had gradually crept up over the years and, because I was tired and stressed, I ate out a lot and munched on whatever I could pick up on the go.
“I was really unhappy about the way I looked, which was making me miserable, and when my GP said my blood pressure had soared and my liver was suffering because of it, I knew I had to do something. So after a referral I joined the Dome’s gym.
“I’m now completely medication free and delighted my hard work has paid off.”
Val has dropped two dress sizes – going from a size 16 to a size 12 in 16 months after working with a personal trainer.
She said: “I felt completely out of my comfort zone at first and embarrassed, but my personal trainer Will Spence worked wonders.
“I now exercise several times a week, keeping as active as possible, and am so aware of what food my body needs to function.
“I have completely changed my eating habits.”