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I lost 5st so I could run marathons and go to Topshop; How Katherine shed weight in just 4 months to spark new lease of life.

Byline: KATE SAMUELSON ECHO Reporter kate.samuelson@trinitymirror.com katesamuelson @

A WOMAN who lost over five stone in four and a half months is shopping in Topshop and running half-marathons for the first time.

Katherine Lawrinson, 32, weighed 13 and a half stone and was known in her friendship group as the big-boned girl with the nice shoes and handbags.

She is now running in halfmarathons and local races and her current lifestyle is a far cry from the inactive life she once led.

Teaching assistant Katherine, from Runcorn, was inspired to start her first ever diet after watching the weight drop off a colleague.

She told the ECHO: "I'd always been the 'bigger girl' but watching it work for someone else made me decide to give dieting a go."

Katherine lost weight through the LighterLife Total Plan diet, where she swapped conventional food with four foodpacks and attended a weekly women's only Lightlife 'counselling' session, through which she made "lots of friends".

She said: "You have three packet foods that are either milkshakes or soups and then one meal bar which is like a flapjack - and literally nothing else.

"It's strange because you literally take normal food out of the equation, but that really worked for me.

"I'm not a very organised person and don't like counting calories.

"It was the hardest at social events. People would be eating a nice meal and I'd just order water or have a food pack. It was hard but I didn't have to miss out on the occasions and I still have the nice memories - I'm sure those people didn't remember what they ate anyway!" Katherine reckons she spent about PS70 a week on the food packets although she "didn't feel the expense" as much as she thought she would.

She said: "It seems like a lot of money, but when you take out your food shop and wine bill, a PS20 takeaway on the weekend and things like packets of crisps and chocolate when you're in the petrol station, it evens itself out.

"I didn't feel the expense as much as I thought I would."

Katherine was on the diet for four and a half months until she got to her target weight of eight stone.

Since coming off it she said she is eating far more healthily, although she's learnt that "it's just about moderation" and won't deny herself a pizza, her favourite food, every now and again "as long as it's a really nice one with all the right toppings".

She said: "It has been a whole lifestyle change. I did the Chester half marathon in May and I would never have run before the diet.

"I've also bought a whole new wardrobe.

"I waited until I finished the diet before I did because I was losing weight so quickly.

"I used to stick to Evans and George and places like that because they did plussizes.

"I would go into shops like River Island and Topshop and look at the bags and shoes but walk past all the clothes because I didn't fit into them. Now I can!" Katherine's advice to anyone overweight who is considering going on a diet is: "Just listen to the voice in your head and don't let anyone put you off track.

"It's not wrong to diet in a way that you want to. Do it for yourself."

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Date:Jan 17, 2016
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