Couple who lost 13 stone between them are now unrecognisable
Written by The Newsroom on June 5, 2019
A couple from North West Leicestershire have said so many people don’t even recognise them after they lost an impressive 13 stone in weight between them.
The pair, who live in Ibstock, said they wouldn’t eat anything if it wasn’t battered, fried or covered in breadcrumbs before they started their weight loss journey in 2017.
Les and Lesley Wojnarowicz say they have always been overweight, but lost around six and a half stone each after deciding to join Weight Watchers.
Les had been away on a work trip and had seen a photo of himself, which he said was the turning point and made him realise he wanted to lose weight.
Les has gone from 19st 7.5lbs to his current weight of 13st, while wife Lesley went from 16st 8lbs to just 10st.
Lesley told LeicestershireLive: “I have never been my BMI, even when I was born I don’t think I was my BMI! I have always been overweight and my husband was quite a chubby child.
“As time went on we got more into our jobs and would come home from work having not planned meals so we would just eat big portions.
“We would have cereal and toast for breakfast, sandwiches and crisps for lunch and then big portions of carbohydrates for dinner.
“It was always in the back of our heads that we should lose weight but we kind of just got in a cycle. Life just took over.”
After joining Weight Watchers, which is now known as WW, the couple followed through with their plans and decreased their portion sizes, changed the food they were eating and got out and did more exercise.
(Image: Lesley Wojnarowicz)
Now their diet consists of items such as fat free yoghurts, fruit, lean protein, vegetables, and weighed out carbohydrates.
Lesley swims most mornings, and does exercise classes after work, only having Saturday as her day off.
After losing so much weight, Lesley says her and her husband are now different people.
She said: “Some people don’t recognise us. We have had people see us in the street and when we say hello they have been taken aback.
“When you tell people how much you’ve lost, there is genuine shock from people.
“They are genuinely shocked, they almost cannot believe it.
“It’s just amazing, we know we have lost a lot but because it’s been gradual you don’t necessarily think about it much.
“You then start to realise how much you have changed, I really am a different person inside and out.”