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So, that’s it all over for another year… After all the excitement and fun of Christmas, January is the time for fresh starts and new
goals. That’s right, it’s officially the ‘New Year, New Start, New Me’ month and although it’s overused and a bit of cliché, it really is the case for some of the ladies we met this month.
Like Christine McMullan – the Ballymena mum whose weight spiralled due to post natal depression and comfort eating. Driven by the fear of being too overweight to run about and play with her two daughters, she dropped from a size 20 to 14 and is inspiring thousands with her refreshingly honest ‘Diary of a Chubby Chick’ Instagram page.
Then there’s Coleraine’s Cathy Millar, another local mum who has had a remarkable transformation. Determined to become the best, healthiest and strongest version of herself, 36-year-old Cathy had a complete lifestyle overhaul and trained to become a fitness model – check out her amazing before and after pics inside! She’s starting 2019 feeling better than ever and hopes to inspire us all to make some positive changes this new year.
Another local lady starting 2019 on a high is Portstewart’s Barbara Hall. Widowed before her first child was even born, Barbara’s life hasn’t been plain sailing. But she found love again and at 50 years old, fulfilled a dream that was 20 years in the making – a skydive! Read Barbara’s uplifting story inside.
January also means lots of newly engaged ladies! We thought you’d need some inspiration, so we’ve included five stunning local weddings and asked our bridal columnists from Ivory Bridal Portstewart to give us their top tips on bagging a bridal bargain in the January Sales – we’ve got you covered!
I hope you enjoy your first issue of 2019 and I look forward to celebrating even more of the inspirational ladies we have in our area this year.
Happy New Year everyone!
North Coast and Ballymena Editor
This month's highlights
A Portstewart mum who waited 20 years and shed four and a half stone has finally fulfilled her skydiving dream. But although life’s had its highs and lows, Barbara Hall is looking forward to a happy New Year. Mandi Millar reports.
Out & About
The local support group set up by Joanne Adams and Lyn Ritchie held a Christmas party night at Millstrand Integrated Primary School, Portrush offering reflexology, nail painting, music and raffle prizes to those affected by cancer.
Out & About
Families enjoy a Kids’ Christmas Disco with a number of activities and games for all at Castlerock Golf Club.