Liz, 62: 'I want to stay fit and healthy'
LIZ Westcott has joined the Herald Express Lovelife campaign to help her remain committed to her exercise and diet regime.
The 62-year-old from Brixham, who tries to do at least half-an-hour of exercise every day, said: "I'm fit and healthy and I want to make sure I stay that way."
She and her husband go ballroom dancing in Newton Abbot twice a week. They enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour lesson on Thursdays and a social evening on Saturdays.
"Ballroom dancing is very good for older people," said Liz. "It's a physical challenge and also a mental challenge as you learn new dances."
When Liz isn't dancing, she's walking or exercising with Wii Fit.
She said: "There are plenty of hills in Brixham. I try to go up at least two hills on my walks."
Liz has been a beekeeper for about seven years. Cleaning and maintaining her apiary, with its 10 beehives, also burns plenty of calories.
She and her husband signed up to Slimming World after Christmas.
She said: "We were going to do it in November but we thought there was no point in dieting over Christmas so we postponed it."
Liz said the diet is going well. She weighed 11st 5lb at Christmas and now weighs 10st 11lb. She would like to reach 9st 5lb.
"When you get older, your joints benefit from not carrying too much weight," said the mother-of-two. "I want to stay mobile. In 20 years' time I want to still be walking and doing things, and I want to be able to see any grandchildren I might have."
Liz praised the loveLIFE campaign, which is aimed at helping South Devon residents lead fitter, healthier and happier lives.
"Anything that flags up how important it is to stay fit and healthy on a daily basis is really good," she said.
"People drift into obesity without realising it and it's a devil of a job to get the pounds off once they're on. If you find yourself going up a dress size, it's time to do something about it."
For more information about the loveLIFE campaign, log on to www.heraldexpresslovelife.co.uk