A FELPHAM woman’s quest to be fit and healthy has been seen on national TV.
Beth Clegg was one of ten individuals featured in the Sky Living series Fat: The Fight Of My Life. Her episode was screened last week as the last in the series.
It showed Beth, 45, of Flansham Park, teaming up with personal trainer Paul Ayling to turn her life around.
She celebrated the end of her year-long involvement in which she lost 11st by staging a charity session of the traditional Chinese exercise qi gong with Paul and Sky Living presenter Jessie Pavelka.
The event in the Walberton garden of her sister, Meg Brackley, with about 60 people raised £1,200 for the new charity, Helping Overcome Obesity Problems (HOOP), with which Jessie is involved. It also included a Q&A with Jessie and a picnic.
Beth followed this with an 11km swim with Paul last week along the River Arun from the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel to Littlehampton lifeboat station in aid of pancreatic cancer. This is also expected to raise £1,200.
She said: “My life has been transformed by being on the programme. It was about having fun, enjoying exercise and a lot of ‘head stuff’.
“It’s not just about losing weight. It was about living my life, gaining confidence and being healthy and active.
“I’m doing things, like organising the charity event, that I would never have done before.
“Seeing myself on television was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
The cameras followed Beth and Paul as he led her through two-hour sessions, five days a week.
“Paul was interested in my whole well-being rather than just losing weight,” said Beth.
“He soon latched on to the fact I liked swimming and so we did a lot of sea swimming.”
Beth decided to help HOOP as part of her desire to spread the message about a healthy and active lifestyle.
She added: “It is a new charity and I wanted to raise awareness it exists. It’s a support group for people to go to if they have weight problems and it is growing all the time.”