Shirley Burton is now a fit and healthy 62-year-old with an energy and vigour she never knew was inside her – and she has Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre to thank!
Five years ago, Shirley went for a regular health MOT – and the results shocked her into action. The long and short of it was that Shirley, from Louth, could not carry on the way she had been – with little exercise and a diet which pretty much consisted of eating what she liked, when she liked.
“It was certainly the case that if I had carried on as I was doing, then I would have been at serious risk of having a stroke,” explained Shirley as took a break from her regular gym workout.
Shunning the offer of medication, a determined Shirley realised it was time to make a change – and she did just that, enrolling on a programme at Meridian.
The rest, so they say, is history. Turn the clock forward to 2018 and Shirley has shed more than five stone, to put it into context, that is almost 32 bags of sugar! And sugar is certainly something Shirley does not have much of these days.
“When I got the results of the initial check, I was asked if I would like to go to the gym, and I took the offer up. Now I am always here, in the gym or taking part in the classes.
“I never want to go back and I now keep a diary of my exercise programmes and what I am doing daily, and to remind me to stick to my diet and exercise. I also carry a picture around with me of how I used to be just to show what a difference there has been,” adds Shirley.