A FAMILY’S decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle has been a roaring success.
The Thorp family took up the Examiner’s Change4Life challenge to eat better and take more exercise.
And one month later mum Heidi, 35, dad Lee, 36, and children Nathan, 9, and Naomi, 7, are enjoying more quality time together as a fitter, healthier family.
The Almondbury family have thrown themselves whole-heartedly into the challenge, taking up new sports and exploring what changes they can make to improve their health.
They have been swimming, walking instead of catching the bus and swapping junk food for more nutritious nosh.
The family have kept a food diary and Heidi, who is currently classed as obese, has been restraining her worst enemy – snacking!
Last month the Thorps adopted an allotment and have spent much of their leisure time digging, weeding and seeding.
Heidi, a nurse, says: “We’re all shattered. We’ve been working like mad, but we’re all enjoying it.”
While visits to the gym have been difficult because of work and family commitments a lot of the family’s new resolutions have been easy to keep.
Mrs Thorp says: “The easiest and most enjoyable thing is the swimming. We all love that.
“The kids are just happy and we’re enjoying the time as a family.
“Each weekend we will try to do something together.
“I’ve not lost weight, but some of the clothes that didn’t fit before have started to fit again.
“Lee has lost about three inches around his waist.
“We’re all feeling better in ourselves. It gives you a real feel-good factor.”
So will the Thorps be keeping up the good work?
Heidi says: “We need to keep up what we’ve been doing. We had friendly pressure from other people telling us to do it and asking us how it’s going.
“I still have chocolate, but it’s all in moderation.”
And has it been worth it?
Heidi says: “It’s all been worth it, definitely. On a scale of one to 10, I’d give it a nine!”
The Examiner’s Change4Life campaign is part of a country-wide initiative to encourage children and their families to be healthier and more active.