Foxy Ann scoops Weightwatchers leader of the year

Successful WeightWatchers members Frances Ward, left, and Kathleen Doherty  with their WeightWatchers leader Ann Fox.
Successful WeightWatchers members Frances Ward, left, and Kathleen Doherty with their WeightWatchers leader Ann Fox.

If you’d lost thousands of pounds in the past 18 years you’d probably be feeling pretty depressed, but not if you’re Ann Fox.

And having lost two stone after joining Weightwatchers almost 20 years ago, Ann knows exactly what it’s like to begin that weight loss journey.

Derry woman Ann Fox, Weightwatchers Leader of The Year 2014, pictured at the City Hotel this week. DER0315MC051

Derry woman Ann Fox, Weightwatchers Leader of The Year 2014, pictured at the City Hotel this week. DER0315MC051

“I’m just so lucky to be doing a job that I love,” said Ann.

“I really believe in the Weightwatchers programme, it’s a honest programme that is backed up by medical professionals. That’s why Weightwatchers has teamed up with Diabetes as a charity.

“I love meeting with my members every week and seeing them get their results and being able to motivate and encourage them.”

Like most people Ann saw her weight creep on - but says she kept making excuses.

“I just looked at myself at a different angle in the mirror,” she said. “I bought looser clothes and gave out that shops were making their clothes too small.

“But then on a day out in Dungloe I caught sight of a woman wearing a big flowing maxi dress in the shop window and remarked how that poor critter needed to lose weight.

“Imagine the shock I got when I realised that poor critter was me.

“So I decided to join Weightwatchers. The first week I lost four pounds and that was me on my way.

“I’ll never forget that first day I zipped up a pair of size ten trousers. I was nervous about trying a smaller size and slipped the zip up very gingerly.They fitted perfectly.

“That day I got rid of all my big clothes and vowed never to put them back on.

“And I have had so many compliments since then. One guy remarked on how much younger I looked.

“Now I buy clothes because I like them and not to camouflage lumps and bumps.”

After reaching target Ann was asked to consider doing her own classes.

“I would never have done anything like this before I lost weight,” said Ann. “I wouldn’t have stood up in front of a class and spoken.

“But I can now. I’ve had members lose more than ten stone, it is amazing.

“As a leader it is great seeing people get to their targets and seeing their results.

“They key is staying to class where you will get the tools to help you succeed. Plus lots of tips on the way forward.”

Ann classes are on Tuesday morning in Strabane Library at 10.00a.m and Tuesday evening at Melvin Sports Complex 6.00p.m. Wednesday lunchtime at City Hotel at 12.00pm and 1.00pm. Thursday Creggan Rath Mor at 6.00pm and Saturday at the Millennium Forum at 10.00am.