Leeds mum swaps junk for jumping in weight loss quest

SUPER SLIMMER: Claire Simpson before and after her new lifestyle regime.
SUPER SLIMMER: Claire Simpson before and after her new lifestyle regime.
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A Leeds mother has shed seven stones in 18 months and puts her dramatic weight loss down to her new found love of trampolining and cutting the curries.

Claire Simpson, 33, of Horsforth, weighed 19 stone nine pounds before making a lifestyle change to dump the junk food diet and start exercising again for the first time since leaving school.

After seeing an advert for the urban trampolining class at Jump Inc near Elland Road she nervously turned up to her first session fearing she would be laughed at by the other participants.

She said: “I saw the Jump Fit classes advertised and thought it would be a really good way to help me lose weight.

“I was embarrassed when I first joined as I was massively overweight and bouncing around was the last thing I wanted to do at my size, but I was made to feel welcome.

“My body has completely changed size and shape. Some months I only lose a couple of pounds but I may also lose inches that month.

“Each week I get stronger and my body is toning up more. I absolutely love the class and look forward to it every week.”

The classes, which are 45 minutes long, claim to burn up to 500 calories per session.

The mother of two does a park run each week and has also embarked on a Weight Watchers inspired diet where she has cut bread and takeaways from the daily diet.

Ms Simpson, who works in mortgage services at Barclays in Leeds, added: “My favourite food is an Indian curry. I do still eat them but only on special occasions. The main thing I have changed is not eating bread with everything. I only eat bread with one meal a day now.

“I now eat loads of different types of vegetables. My favourite is butternut squash. I have these roasted as chips and served with homemade burgers – I love this and it feels like a cheat meal even though it’s really healthy.”

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