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I have lost the weight of my seven year old in a matter of months!

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Andrea Morris, 35, from Llanelli, was fed up of being the fat friend.

‘I’ve been overweight as long as I can remember.  After getting married I struggled to conceive. I had PCOS and hadn’ ovulated in over a year.  I was advised by my GP to lose weight so I did! I managed to lose 2 stone and I got pregnant, regaining the weight after giving birth. I repeated this cycle of losing weight to get pregnant three times and ended up heavier than I’d ever been.’

In January 2019, after seeing some photos of herself in a Christmas dress Andrea decided that enough was enough.  

‘At the time I thought I looked nice in that dress but looking back on it I really disliked the way I looked. Not only that, I was fed up of being the fat mam at the school gates. I was self-conscious, had no self-esteem and no energy to chase my three children. I felt worried I was going to put myself in an early grave by piling on the weight.’

On 3rd January 2019 Andrea joined WW (formerly Weight Watchers) with WW Coach Catrin Morris in Llanelli, weighing 18 st 2.5lb.

‘My first workshop was fab! I came out feeling amazing.  Catrin made me feel so empowered as she asked me what my ‘why’ was to lose weight. Even though I knew why I needed to, I hadn’t thought hard about it. It made me realise that I wanted to wear clothes that I liked, not just ones that covered my lumps and big bumps. I wanted to make my children proud and set a good example for them. I didn’t want to die young from weight related illnesses.’

The WW plan is based on a SmartPoints counting system, where all foods and drinks have a value. Each member has a personalised budget to spend on the foods that they love and fit in with their lifestyle, depending on which plan they are following; Blue, Green or Purple. Within each plan there zero point foods that don’t need to be counted to help stretch the budget. The plan also incorporates mind-set and activity.

Before she knew it, Andrea, a busy mum of 3, was losing weight. As her weight dropped, her confidence grew which encouraged her to become more active and take up Couch25K and join exercise classes like Boogie Bounce.

‘I love the WW App, which is included with a subscription membership plan. The app makes sticking to budget easy. There is a barcode scanner to scan every day foods to find out the SmartPoints value. In addition to this there are 1000’s of recipes which help me to plan my meals with ease. I can grab food on the go and still feel like I’m in control knowing I can have zero pointed food if I’ve used my entire SmartPoints budget.’

Andrea finds eating out is absolutely doable with this plan.

‘Nando’s is one of my favourite places to eat. I use the Restaurant section in the App to help me find the lowest point option. I usually choose butterfly chicken, macho peas and corn on the cob. A Subway chicken tikka sub for 6 points fits in perfectly too when I’m on the go.’


By October 2019, Andrea has lost an amazing 4 stone 5lb.

‘Recently, while I was sorting breakfast for the family, my 7 year old daughter weighed herself on our bathroom scales and announced proudly that she was 4 stone 5 lb. This was something that she hadn’t done before as I don’t encourage my children to weigh themselves.  The WW ethos is that it is more than just the numbers on the scales and as such I don’t ‘worry’ about the numbers. It is more about how I feel, getting healthier and the changes in my behaviours to achieve this. What hit home was that this was how much weight I had lost!’

For Andrea this weight loss and change in her outlook wouldn’t have happened without the support of WW Coach Catrin and the weekly WW Workshop.

‘The workshops have helped me think about my relationship with food and encouraged me to become more active. Each week we explore a different technique to help us change our behaviours. Recent topics have been how to manage stress, how to sit less and eat more fruit and veg, all things that I need help and advice with.  The group support is brilliant.’

‘My life has changed for the better. I’m happier and more outgoing. Simple things like taking the children to Legoland are so much more enjoyable as I don’t have to worry that I won’t fit in the rides! I have gained friends from attending the workshop and with my new found body confidence I have bought a dress that I would never have worn before for my friend’s wedding. I’m not quite where I want to be yet but I can see the end is achievable. I’m so motivated and watching the scales go down each week is amazing. I’d recommend WW to everyone!’

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Police appeal for information on missing Philip Magor

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POLICE in Llanelli are are renewing our appeal for information to trace Philip Magor, who is now believed to be in the Llandudno area.

He has not returned to his home in Llanelli since Wednesday, November 6, and was seen on CCTV in Cardiff the following day.

Enquiries now suggest he has travelled to Llandudno, and we urge anyone who has seen him or made contact with him to let us know.

He is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of broad build, slightly tanned, with blue eyes and short, grey hair. He is carrying a blue back pack.

Anyone who has seen Philip, or knows where he is, is urged to contact us by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Staff at Jenkins Bakery raise an amazing £4000 for Cancer Research UK.

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The bakery staff broke last year’s record fundraising for the charity by £400.

This was the seventh year for the bakery to embark on a fundraising fortnight for Cancer Research UK .

All 30 Jenkins Bakery shops were decorated with a pink theme to promote Cancer Research UK.

Bakery staff also organised special fundraising events

“The Pink campaign in our shops was a huge success,” said Jenkins Bakery area manager Fiona Snook.

“Members of staff dressed up in a pink theme and the shops were decorated to add to the party spirit.

“Our loyal customers were, of course, fantastic and hugely supportive of the campaign, with generous donations to Cancer Research.

“I must give special praise to our staff, who were fantastic, holding raffles, fancy dress events, bikeathons and other funraising events.

“We are into our seventh year of doing this event and each year the fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK goes from strength to strength. A big thank you goes to all our staff and all our customers for supporting this worthy charity.

“The bakery served up special pink cupcakes for the occasion – and we think our customers enjoyed them as a contribution went directly towards the charity.”

The Jenkins bakery has 30 shops across south Wales and employs 300 people, full and part-time, with the company’s headquarters in Trostre, Llanelli.

The family firm’s yellow banner is a recognisable landmark within many communities and is currently undergoing a makeover.

The iconic yellow is still be a feature of the branding, but it has been updated with a chic black design.

Operations Director Russell Jenkins said: “We are very proud of the new-look and plan to continue the roll out of the new designs and refurbishment, it brings a more modern feel to the design and layout of the stores. We want our customers to have the best possible experience when they visit us, so it’s important we keep improving and updating.”

As part of the investment, Jenkins have also purchased new Merrychef ovens to expand the product range offered, with 10 stores now having the ability to make paninis and serve hot savouries on request.

Investments have also been made in new serving counters and fridges.

The bigger stores have coffee shops for customers to enjoy a hearty sit-down breakfast or lunch, and other stores have had smaller seating areas created for customers to sit and relax with their coffees and treats.

The refurbishments will continue into 2020.

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