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That's the weigh to do it, girls; Slim into Summer : Final Week.

DIDN'T they do well? We set our brave volunteers a target of losing 21lb in four weeks... and they beat it by a 12lb.

Now they can hit the beaches with confidence after passing our Slim Into Summer challenge.

Victoria MacKinnon, 31, Jacquie Burrows, 36, Fiona Aitken, 44, and Marie Bennett, 48, were all desperate to tone up and improve their figures in time for the holiday season.

So we set them the target of losing one and a half stones between them in less than a month.

The girls have been following the Scottish Slimmers Positive Eating Plan, which was explained in our Slim Into Summer magazine last month, which was packed with useful tips and fabulous recipes.

We guaranteed the girls would see a difference within four weeks.

And they knew the Sunday Mail and our two million readers would be watching, as we updated you each week on their progress.

Now, having ditched their bad habits in favour of a healthier regime, the girls are looking good and feeling great.

Of course, every woman is different. Each of our volunteers leads a busy work, home and social life.

But they have found the eating plan easy to fit around their day-to-day schedules. And they haven't had to give up the treats they love.

Our foursome are feeling good, especially since it's not just their waistlines that have changed. Their lifestyles - and even their husbands - have also altered for the better.

They're determined to stick with the new regime to keep them in trim and on top of the world.

Their new look

Fiona: Skirt pounds 40, Principles; Cami top pounds 39.95, Planet at John Lewis; Blouse pounds 69.95, Planet at John Lewis; Slingbacks pounds 69, Carvella at John Lewis.

Marie: Print dress pounds 69.99, Next; Necklace pounds 10, Marks & Spencer; Slingbacks pounds 99, LK Bennett.

Victoria: Linen skirt pounds 45, Marks & Spencer; Print top pounds 75, Autograph at Marks & Spencer; Slingbacks pounds 39.99, Next; Necklace and bracelet pounds 6.99 each, Next.

Jacquie: Dress pounds 70, Principles. Pink mules pounds 29.99, Next.

Hair and make-up: Taylor Ferguson.

Styling: Caroline Phipps.

Victoria MacKinnon Final weight: 11st 12lb Total loss: 2.5lb

ALTHOUGH she found her weight loss to be a slow process, Victoria is feeling much better and healthier.

The telesales executive, from Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, says: "My hair and nails are stronger and my skin is much clearer. My clothes feel a lot looser, too.

"This eating plan fits into my busy lifestyle. I'll probably join a Scottish Slimmers class to keep me going."

Marie Bennett Final weight: 12st 8lb Total loss: 9lb

FLORIDA won't know what's hit it when Marie and husband Colin go there next month for their summer holiday.

For while Marie has done superbly well, Colin has also shed 15lb on the Scottish Slimmers eating plan. Their sons Jonathan, 17, and Adam, eight, have also enjoyed the healthy meals.

Marie, from Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, says: "Colin's looking great. This diet has transformed us all."

Jacquie Burrows Final weight: 10st 12lb Total loss: 4lb

SOCIAL butterfly Jacquie is pleased she's managed a steady weight loss while keeping up with her usual whirl of dinner parties and nights out.

The sales development executive from Edinburgh is determined to shed a few more pounds before a holiday in Malaga with hubby George.

She says: "I'm certainly feeling a lot healthier and better about myself."

Fiona Aitken Final weight: 11st 2lb Total loss: 6lb

HER aim was to drop a dress size for a beach holiday - and she's done it.

Mum-of-two Fiona, of Anniesland, Glasgow, is now a slinky size 12 and looking forward to buying a bikini.

She says: "I really feel I have changed my eating habits for good.

"I'm getting used to planning healthy meals in advance. If you make the effort, you reap the rewards."
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Date:Jun 8, 2003
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