63-Year-Old Grandma’s Incredible Transformation From Overweight Dinner Lady To Adrenaline Junkie

A former dinner lady has revealed how she ditched her 12 in just 18 months because she wanted to live to see her grandson grow up.

At her heaviest, 63-year-old Alison Berry weighed 22 and relied heavily on medications she needed for diverticulitis, a debilitating condition that required her to go to the bathroom up to 40 times a day.

Alison, from South Tyneside, had been overweight her entire adult life and was in denial about how much time she had to adopt lasting healthy habits.

But all that changed after she suffered a bad flare-up of her condition, which resulted in Alison becoming seriously ill and being hospitalized.

Former arbor Alison Berry has revealed how she ditched the 12 in just 18 months because she wanted to live to see her grandson grow up.  In the photo, after her weight loss.

Former arbor Alison Berry has revealed how she ditched the 12 in just 18 months because she wanted to live to see her grandson grow up. In the photo, after her weight loss.

At her heaviest, 63-year-old Alison Berry weighed 22 and relied heavily on medication for diverticulitis, a debilitating condition that required her to go to the bathroom up to 40 times a day.  In the photo, Alison Berry before losing weight.

At her heaviest, 63-year-old Alison Berry weighed 22 and relied heavily on medication for diverticulitis, a debilitating condition that required her to go to the bathroom up to 40 times a day. In the photo, Alison Berry before losing weight.

Fortunately, he survived, which was a huge wake-up call as he realized time was running out.

After embarking on her healthy eating plan and simple walking routine, Alison lost 11 pounds in 18 months and is medication free.

Reflecting on her journey so far, Alison explains how her decision to finally lose weight came after her daughter gave birth to her first grandson, Joseph.

She said: “I cried myself to sleep often worrying that my life would be cut short by my medical condition and my weight. Later, my daughter-in-law gave birth to my first adorable grandson, Joseph.

‘My daughter-in-law and son asked if I would look after him two days a week when she went back to work, and that was all I wanted to do.

“She wanted to be the best Nana who could take her grandchildren everywhere, play on the ground with them, take them swimming, get inside their tents and chase them around the garden.

“The reality is that I couldn’t even cut my toenails, and I certainly couldn’t fit inside the stores.”

Alison had been overweight her entire adult life and denied that she had much time to get healthier.  In the photo, after her weight loss.

Alison had been overweight her entire adult life and denied that she had much time to get healthier. In the photo, after her weight loss.

Reflecting on her journey so far, Alison (pictured after her weight loss) explains how her decision to finally lose weight came after her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild, Joseph.

Reflecting on her journey so far, Alison (pictured after her weight loss) explains how her decision to finally lose weight came after her daughter gave birth to her first grandchild, Joseph.

Alison lost 11.7 pounds in 18 months and is off medication

This was after he embarked on a healthy eating plan and simple walking routine.

After embarking on a healthy eating plan and simple walking routine, Alison lost 11.7 pounds in 18 months and is medication free.

Something had to change, and quickly, and having tried ‘every diet under the sun with no success’, Alison joined Slimming World at her heaviest and started using products from The Skinny Food Co.

He loves comfort foods, especially homemade burgers, and uses the brand’s low-calorie sauces for healthy substitutions.

She says: ‘Not only do I have a sweet tooth, I have a mouth full of sweet tooth, it was a real problem.’

Alison (pictured before weight loss) revealed how she would start each day with an entire can of coke with a handful of chocolate bars for breakfast and then graze all day while at work.

Alison (pictured before weight loss) revealed how she would start each day with an entire can of coke with a handful of chocolate bars for breakfast and then graze all day while at work.

Alison joined Slimming World at her heaviest and began using products from The Skinny Food Co. Pictured after her weight loss.

Alison joined Slimming World at her heaviest and began using products from The Skinny Food Co. Pictured after her weight loss.

Alison describes eating an entire can of Coke with a handful of chocolate bars for breakfast, then grazing all day while working.

Today, Alison describes herself as an ‘adrenaline junkie’ trying to make up for lost time, making the most of each day.

She says: ‘I was once asked to get off a fairground ride because I was too big to fit inside the safety strap.

“Since then, I’ve been on the world’s fastest zipline, firewalked, completed a treetop assault course and am absolutely desperate to do a wing walk. Life is good now that I have lost my weight.’

After being seriously ill and thinking her life was at a standstill, Alison is now medication-free and more confident than ever.

Today, Alison describes herself as an 'adrenaline junkie' trying to make up for lost time, making the most of each day.  She has been on the world's fastest zipline and firewalks.

Today, Alison describes herself as an ‘adrenaline junkie’ trying to make up for lost time, making the most of each day. She has been on the world’s fastest zipline and firewalks.

She said: ‘Don’t wait another minute, your new life is waiting for you, no matter your age or circumstance.

‘I won’t say losing weight was easy, but with determination it’s worth it. Leave behind that old and sad life and take the step.

‘Take each day as it comes and enjoy the process. I used to be afraid to walk to the store in case people laughed at me, now I walk with my head held high and a big smile on my face, and you can too.’

Alison added: “I used to hide in the background and make jokes about myself, trying to beat others in the auction, now I live life with a big smile on my face and I enjoy every minute of it.”

“I can’t wait to see my grandchildren grow up and be a big part of their lives.”

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