Success Stories

Paddy Nolan

Paddy Nolan



Start weight:

17 stone 2 ½ pounds


12 stone 2 pounds


5 stone ½ pound*



Deirdre McDonald

“My sister Miriam wanted to shift a bit of weight after having a baby and she asked me if I’d like to go along to Weight Watchers with her. I was never one for being told what to eat or what to do, but I said I’d give it a try for her sake.

When I went along to the class and stood up on the scales, I discovered I was over 17 stone. I couldn’t believe it; it was a massive shock and woke me up completely – as a father, I worried about having a heart attack and not being there for my kids, so that’s when I decided that the weight had to go, and I haven’t looked back since.

I went home and had a look at what I was eating; crisps and chips and all that sort of junk. I had a chat with Kathleen about it, and although she was never one for eating vegetables and the like, we started to buy them more. So I began eating a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially turnip, which I think is brilliant. I went off sugar, switched from coke to drinking lots of water and cut down on sweets and chocolate. It was a massive change and it was hard at first, but when I saw the results I kept on going.

My leader, Deirdre, is fantastic; she’s almost like a second mammy to me! She was always there for me whenever I needed to text or call her; she’s out of this world. I never used to eat breakfast, but Deirdre told me that I couldn’t carry on like that, so I made sure to have a bit of toast in the mornings, and for the rest of the day I had lots of veg and plenty of fruit. If ever I slipped up, I’d be out the next day working it off.

Patrick Before

Patrick Now


I’d often take the buggy out and walk the roads, and I also bought a treadmill and did a bit every evening. The best thing of all though, is hill walking – my father-in-law, Sean, was a great help to me; he introduced me to it. I remember the first time I went, I couldn’t even walk up the hill, now I run up it. I love hill walking, getting out in the breeze and working up a sweat, it’s the best thing you can do; trekking around Askamore is incredible.

I was so focused on losing the weight, that I was a goal member within a year. I still go to class every week, I can’t give it up; it helps to keep me on track. Since reaching my goal weight, I can do what I want, when I want; walk, jog, run, play with the kids; none of it is any bother to me now and it feels fantastic!”

Patrick’s tips for success

  • Everyone works in different ways but for me, the best thing was to have lots of water, and eat lots of fruit and veg, once I do that, I see results.
  • Exercise is so important; but you have to break a sweat. There’s no point walking at a snail’s pace, you have to burst it.
  • I go to class every week, and I see so many people come and go. I’ve seen people, who really need to make it work, and they only stay for a couple of classes – it’s mad. You have to stick with it, you have to have the will power, give it time and it will work!  

*Results can vary from person to person. 

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