Hackforth woman changes lifestyle after visit to GP

Dionne Torkington-Craven before and after her weight loss.

A Hackforth woman decided to change her lifestyle after being told her life was at risk.

Dionne Torkington-Craven, 44, visited her doctor and was told she was obese.

Dionne had lost her mum when she was 14 to a heart attack and there was a risk of heart disease in the family.

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One of Dionne’s friends had signed her up to complete a half marathon as a way of motivating her stick to the healthy eating habits and lifestyle that she wanted to adopt.

Dionne set herself a target of losing six stone which she completed in 17 months after joining WW, formerly Weight Watchers.

Dionne now runs regularly herself, having recently completed the Great North Run for the first time.

She has started training as a personal trainer and has inspired other WW members from Richmond, Catterick and Brompton on Swale by organising Couch to 5K sessions at Richmond School and The Station in Richmond.

Dionne said her motto was “be real, not perfect”.

Dionne said: “With the help of my coach, Beki Bulmer, and the group of fabulous WW ladies I have now become best friends with, as well as running buddies, I am healthier than I have ever been in my life.”

Dionne regularly completes the park run at Catterick Racecourse to support her WW friends and running buddies.