Super-slim size 10 gran celebrates more than 50 years attending WW meetings by auditioning to appear topless in a stage production of Calendar Girls

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A grandmother who is celebrating more than 50 years as a member of her local slimming club is now 5st 6lb lighter than she was at her heaviest and plans to celebrate by appearing in a production of Calendar Girls next year.

Retired community nursery nurse Jayne Cubitt, 67, first joined WW with her mum when it was known as Weight Watchers 51 years ago – and has been going ever since.

Despite reaching her goal weight in 2003 when she had a record slimming year – plummeting from a 15st 2lbs size 18 to a 9st 8lb size 10 – she is still a regular at weekly meetings, now more to catch-up with lifelong friends than to battle her bulges.

Jayne has lost 5st 6lbs since joining the slimming group. (Collect/PA Real Life)
Jayne has lost 5st 6lbs since joining the slimming group. (Collect/PA Real Life)

Mum-of-three Jayne, who lives in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with her retired marketing manager husband Mike, 73, and has five grandchildren, said: “It’s been over half a century since I first stepped foot in a Weight Watchers meeting and I still go once a week.

“I absolutely love it and it’s very much a part of my weekly schedule.

“The weight loss has boosted my confidence to the point where I can step on stage and perform in front of hundreds of people. I never would have done that before – and now I’m even hoping to do it topless.”

Mum to chartered surveyor James, 43, civil servant Daniel, 40, and sales director Stefan, 38, Jayne’s first meeting was when she was 16-years-old on September 9, 1970, and she is now one of the group’s longest serving members.

She said: “I remember my card number said something like ‘0000148,’ because we were some of the first members to join after Weight Watchers came to the UK.

“I started going with my mum just to lose a bit of weight. It was something new that hadn’t been around before in the UK, so we decided to give it a go.”

  • Breakfast – Buttery toast

  • Snack – Chocolate and crisps

  • Lunch – Tuna sandwiches

  • Dinner – Cheese on toast

Shortly after joining, Jayne lost 21lb, but still continued to attend the weekly meetings.

She said: “I think the social aspect has been really key to me sticking with the programme.

“After all these years, I still go every week and the people there have become lifelong friends.”

The grandmother-of-five says she plans to attend the weekly meetings for many years to come. (Collect/PA Real Life)
The grandmother-of-five says she plans to attend the weekly meetings for many years to come. (Collect/PA Real Life)

She added: “I’ve got really supportive circle of friends and when sessions were cancelled during the pandemic, we went on walks together to keep us all active.”

But it was in 2003 when Jayne’s biggest transformation took place, when she dropped from 15st 2lb – which at 5ft 4in meant her BMI, used to gauge a healthy weight, was 36.2 compared to the NHS healthy range of 18.5 to 24.9, making her obese – to 9st 8lb, with a healthy BMI of 22.8.

She said: “I had been carrying extra weight since having my sons and my doctor warned me that I had high blood pressure.”

She added: “When I weighed myself, I realised I was 15st 2lb. Technically, I was obese.

“So, I got back on task, stripped all my meals back to basics and followed the Weight Watchers – now WW – plan rigorously.”

Incredibly, within seven months, Jayne had lost 5st 6lb.

Jayne gone from a size 18 to a size 10 since joining the slimming group. (Collect/PA Real Life)
Jayne gone from a size 18 to a size 10 since joining the slimming group. (Collect/PA Real Life)

She said: “I’ve maintained it ever since and credit the weight loss with the boost in confidence I’ve had since then.

“I’m a member of the Nuneaton Amateur Dramatics Society and we regularly put on shows, something I never would have done when I was bigger.

“I’m also a member of the Merry Midwives and we put on shows to raise money for the local hospice and air ambulance.”

  • Breakfast – Porridge

  • Lunch – Tuna salad

  • Dinner – Fish or chicken with vegetables

Now Jayne is auditioning for a role in her town’s production of Calendar Girls, which will take place in April 2022.

She said: “I’m auditioning in my bra, which is quite nerve wracking, but if I can’t pluck up the courage for that then I won’t cope performing without it on stage.

“I don’t know if I’ll get the role yet, but if I don’t, then I will be part of the ensemble which I’m just as excited for.”

The mum-of-three has made lifelong friends at WW. (Collect/PA Real Life)
The mum-of-three has made lifelong friends at WW. (Collect/PA Real Life)

She added: “WW has given me a new spark for life and I do so many exciting things that I never would have dared to before.”

And Jayne plans to continue with her weekly meetings for many years to come – even though she is maintaining her size 10 waistline.

She said: “I couldn’t imagine my life without them. They are very much part of my routine.”

She added: “I also exercise regularly and attend five workout classes every week to help me maintain my weight.

“I have five grandchildren now to chase after, so it’s good that I’m in better physical health, or I’d never keep up with them.”

Rather than a chore, she finds the more years she spends as a WW member, the more of a pleasure it becomes.

Jayne has maintained her goal weight since 2003. (Collect/PA Real Life)
Jayne has maintained her goal weight since 2003. (Collect/PA Real Life)

She said: “I absolutely love the group and I wouldn’t be without it.

“It’s been 51 years well spent.”

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