Julie Mutlow, 58, weighed over 20, was a height 24 and was “in a dark place” when she heard from Mark Harris, 57, whom she briefly dated when she was 14
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A grandmother almost lost 8th place and found a new life after being reunited with her lost first love on Facebook.
Julie Mutlow, 58, weighed over 20, was a height 24 and was “in a dark place” when she heard from Mark Harris, 57, whom she briefly dated when she was 14.
The single mother of four, who has seven grandchildren, was told by her doctor that she had a fatty liver, was “borderline obese” and was at high risk of diabetes.
But she changed her life after reconnecting with childhood sweetheart Mark after 40 years.
Julie said: “I was so shocked when Mark spoke to me I didn’t know what to do.
“I’m quite shy and reserved, but my daughter said, ‘Answer mom!’ so i said [to Mark] ‘Welcome to Facebook!’ and it just kept going from there.”
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She and the avid musician met briefly at school when they were 14 after being met through Julie’s brother, but have lived apart and married different people.
In January 2021, Mark, who had struggled with depression himself, took the plunge and reached out to Julie on Facebook.
He said: “In 40 years not a day went by that I didn’t think of her at some point.
“I’ve been trying to help her be more positive and tell her things are getting better.”
Julie lost eight pounds in the first few months of 2021 by eating “as clean as possible.”
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She joined a Slimming World group and lost another four stone by trading buttered toast and junk food for omelettes, fish and non-fat yogurt.
Nurse Julie said: “I don’t want to physically shame people because big is beautiful, but I wasn’t happy with myself.
“I’m living my life again – I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m finding my freedom.”
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The friendship between the two, both from Swindon, Wilts, has blossomed again. They feed the ducks in the park, drive to the country and make music and sing together.
Mark, a retired sound test engineer, said: “Ju deserved to get out there and enjoy life – she missed it by getting married when she was only 17.
“I didn’t realize how much more she was enjoying life now and I can safely say that she has a forever companion.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/worth-weight-grandmother-sheds-8st-27332129 Worth the weight as grandmother loses 8th place and reunites with her lost first love