Grandma Hebburn’s incredible transformation from 22 stone sufferer to tree-swinging ‘adrenaline junkie’ after shedding 12 stone in 18 months – here’s how she did it

Grandma Hebburn’s incredible transformation from 22 stone sufferer to tree-swinging ‘adrenaline junkie’ after shedding 12 stone in 18 months – here’s how she did it

At her heaviest, Alison Berry, 63, from Hebburn, weighed 22 stone and was heavily dependent on medication, suffering from diverticulitis, a debilitating condition which left her going to the toilet up to 40 times a day.

The former diner and proud grandmother has been overweight her entire life and said she was in denial that she had enough time to get fitter.

She would eat chocolate for breakfast and was once asked to leave a fairground ride for safety reasons.

Alison is enjoying a whole new world.

But that all changed after she suffered a bad flare-up that left her seriously ill in hospital.

Luckily, she survived what she described as a massive awakening.

Realizing that time is running out, Alison has since transformed into a person who is now “looking for adrenaline around every corner.”

“I’d cry myself to sleep”

Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.

Reflecting on her journey so far, Alison explained how her decision to finally shed the pounds came after her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild, Joseph.

“I often cried myself to sleep, worried that my life would be cut short because of my medical condition and my weight – then my sister-in-law gave birth to my first adorable grandson, Joseph,” she said.

“My daughter-in-law and son asked me if I would look after him two days a week when she went back to work, and that was all I wanted to do.

“I wanted to be the best grandma who could take my grandkids everywhere, play on the floor with them, take them swimming, climb into their pop-up tents and chase them around the garden – the reality is, I don’t even I could have cut my toenails and I certainly couldn’t fit in the tents.

Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.

Alison said something had to change, and fast, and after trying “every diet under the sun to no avail”, she joined Slimming World and started using products from The Skinny Food Co to stay in line her new diet plan, which she describes as liberating.

“I never once felt like I was on a diet,” she said.

“I’ve included The Skinny Food Co in my recipes which means I’ve never missed out on my favorite meals without adding loads of calories.

“I love creating homemade foods and use The Skinny Food and Fakeaway sauces almost every day.

Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.

“I use the Skinny Food Co syrups (maple and golden syrup are my favourites) on some pancakes to satisfy my sweet tooth in the morning, and use their low calorie sauces on healthy dinners at night.

“I still love my homemade burgers, but now I top them with Skinny Food Co’s low calorie burger sauce – it’s all about making healthy substitutions.”

“I don’t just have a sweet tooth, I have a mouth full of sweet teeth – that was a real problem.

“I used to have a ‘full fat’ can of coke with a handful of chocolate bars for breakfast and graze all day at work.

The combination of Slimming World diet and Skinny Food Co’s low calorie products changed my life”.

“I went on to lose 11st.7lb in 18 months following my healthy eating plan and a simple walking routine and am now medication free.”

Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.

“Leave this old, sad life behind and dive in”

Alison has since described herself as an “adrenaline junkie” trying to make up for lost time and making the most of every day.

It’s a whole new world compared to her previous life of “fat jokes” and tough times.

“I was once asked to get off a fairground ride because I was too big to fit in the safety belt,” she said.

“Since then, I’ve been on the world’s fastest zip line, I’ve walked on fire, I’ve completed a treetop assault course and I’m absolutely desperate to do a wing walk. Life is good now, I’ve lost weight’.

Alison now wants to help others on their own weight loss journeys by sharing her tips for those looking to start their own transformation stories.

She has this message for anyone starting out. She said: “Don’t wait any longer – your new life is waiting for you, whatever your age or circumstances.

“I won’t say losing weight was easy, but with determination it’s definitely worth it.

“Leave this old, sad life behind and dive in.

“Take each day as it comes and enjoy the process. I used to be afraid to go to the store in case people laughed at me, now I walk with my head held high and a big smile on my face – and you can too.”

Reflecting on her newfound zest for life, she said: “I used to hide in the background and make fat jokes about myself trying to beat others on the main line – now I live life with a big smile on my face and enjoy every minute .

“I can’t wait to watch my grandchildren grow up and be a huge part of both of their lives.”

Alison said she highly recommends The Skinny Food Co, which was set up when founders James Whiting and Wayne Starkey noticed that people close to them were missing out on food they liked for the sake of their health.

The goal was to create low-calorie, low-sugar products designed to help people lead healthier lifestyles without sacrificing taste, to “create a world where people with dietary restrictions can still enjoy the taste of healthy food’.

Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’. Halo Photography Ltd
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.
Alison Berry, who shed 12 stone in 18 months in an incredible transformation from overweight dinner lady to ‘adrenaline junkie’.

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