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67 stone shed by top eight slimmers

Eight dieters who lost a total of 67 stone between them have been named as the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine slimmers of the year.

The 2012 winners scooped the awards after participating in Rosemary Conley diet clubs and programmes and turning their lives around.

Marc Littlejohn, 30, from Halstead, Essex, used to weigh 26st 2lb but shed a staggering 10st 2lb to become a mountain climber rather than a man mountain.

Mr Littlejohn, who scooped the super fit male slimmer title, decided to change his life after getting stuck in a turnstile at a football match.

"Being a crowd of lads they all started laughing," said Mr Littlejohn, whose waist has reduced from a massive 52 inches to a trim 36. "It tore me apart but the only way past it was to join in. All my life I've been the jolly fat friend and I often got in the fat jokes before anyone else could."

Fellow slimmer Jane Hall had a nickname at school - Fatty Arbuckle - as she was the biggest in the class.

The 54-year-old, from Lancaster, used to weigh 18st 4lb and wear a dress size 26, but landed the 50+ slimmer award by shedding 7st 5lb in 18 months.

Mrs Hall, who battled bingeing and comfort eating, joined the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club after a health scare and to get in shape for her hobby - motorbiking.

Her stomach used to rest on the motorbike's fuel tank, she said, but added: "I've now got my own fitted jacket in a sexy red and black that makes me feel feminine, and a brand new Honda Shadow Black Spirit 750cc to roar about on."

Anneltje Hacquebord, 34, from Oxford; Michael Jones, 40, from Luton; GP Lady Arabella Onslow, 41, from Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria; Alison Purvis-Gisborne, 36, from Dronfield, Derbyshire; Michelle McBarnett, 39, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; and Helen Elverson, 33, from Milton Keynes, were the other award winners.

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