Mum-of-two takes part in Sport Relief challenge six years after wine glass goes through her foot

When Helen Meller got a letter from her sons school asking if she would like to take part in a charity walk it would usually have been something that she forces herself to do begrudgingly.

Since the 47-year-old stepped on the stem of a wine glass as she walked down the stairs six years ago she had lost interest in all kinds of exercise.

But three weeks ago she began a life changing weight loss programme and the mum-of-two jumped at the chance to be part of a team walking the equivalent of Lands End to John O'Groats for Sport Relief.
She has lost over a stone in weight since the start of the month and completed the charity feat today (FRI).
Miss Meller signed up to LighterLife, which meets at Stafford Park in Telford, and said it has changed her life already.
She said: “Children at my sons school walked a total of 900 miles, the distance of the whole of the UK, which worked out to about three miles each.
“I am more enthusiastic than I would have been six months ago, I am not forcing myself to do it now, whereas before I would have been.
“When I got weighed on the first Friday and the amount of weight I’d lost I nearly fell over, I was so shocked - and I am not hungry at all.”
Miss Meller lost 11lbs in one week and by the second week it had risen to 14lbs.
She used to compete in half marathons and go to the gym regularly but since the accident, when the glass stem went all the way through her foot, she has struggled to get motivated.

“It put me out of action for about 12 months,” she said.
“But it was the start of a downward spiral, I stopped running and slipped out of everything I used to do, I just couldn’t get my head in gear and get back to it.
“My clothes were not fitting anymore and I had tried everything but nothing seemed to work, so I was looking on the internet and found LighterLife.
“I read about how Denise Walsh had done it and decided to contact Sally.
“I haven’t looked back since - it has only been three weeks but already I am a new, slimmer, person.”
Miss Meller, from Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, took part in the Sport Relief challenge at Brewood Middle School, Brewood, where her nine-year-old son Hugo is a pupil in year five.
“It was muddy in places but it was great fun and a real community spirit,” she added.
“I think we raised about £300 as all the pupils donated £1 and collected sponsorship too.
“It is great to be the willing and enthusiastic mum that I want to be once again.”
The group meet every Tuesday evening and Friday morning at Cornerstone House, Stafford Park 13, Telford. There is a maximum of 12 people and are always either women or men only.

It is run by Sally Harris, from Whitchurch and has members travelling from  Stafford, Market Drayton and Bridgnorth, as well as Wolverhampton.
Mrs Harris said: “I am so pleased that Helen has made such a fantastic start, you can really see the change in her attitude already.
“She has done so well and with the help of the rest of the group and myself I am sure it won’t be too long until she reaches her target.
“To get involved and then start doing charity walks in just three weeks is brilliant, it shows just how much LighterLife is about changing your mindset instead of simply what you eat.”

Members pay a weekly amount for the group and food packs on either the Total programme, which is total meal replacement, or the Lite programme, which is three packs a day plus a healthy meal.

Sally will monitor your progression and weight loss at each group meeting.


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