Losing weight gave water-skiing gran confidence to appear on ITV's Tipping Point game show
A retired cake expert says life begins at 60 after she shed more than four stone, started water-skiing and appeared on her favourite TV game show.
Gaynor Murray spent 21 years working as a patisserie specialist for Waitrose before deciding to hang up her apron.
Unhappy with her weight, the grandmother-of-10 joined a diet plan in October 2017 and has now dropped from a size 20 to a size 10.
She can regularly be seen running or water-skiing around Tallington Lakes, where she lives, and has become a diet consultant so she can help other people slim down.
With her confidence sky-high, she even applied to take part in ITV’s Tipping Point and was picked from 500 applicants at her audition to appear on the quiz show.
She and husband Gordon, 73, travelled to Bristol to film the programme at the Bottle Yard Studios at the end of last year - but Gaynor, 63, is sworn to secrecy about how she got on.
“I did ok!” is all she could say when the Mercury spoke to her this week. “You’ll have to wait until it is shown on March 5 to find out!”
Gaynor said that for her audition she had to answer 20 questions and then talk about herself, prompting her to tell the producers about her impressive weight loss.
“Three to four weeks later they phoned me up and said congratulations you’re on the show!” she said.
“I was so glad I’d had the confidence to apply. I would never have done that when I was overweight.”
Gaynor, of Windsurf Bank, has now helped more than 50 people lose weight with the 1:1 Cambridge Weight Plan - including husband Gordon who is now three stone lighter.
“It has cost us a fortune on clothes!” she joked.
Being lighter has given her a better sense of balance, she said, which has allowed her to dabble in parasailing in Lanzarote and watersports at Tallington Lakes including water-skiing.
“It looks so easy but it’s not half as easy as it looks!” she said. “But I persevered and I can now go right around the lake without falling off! I can’t do any fancy jumps but I can stand up on my skis!”
She added: “I’m a different person now. Since I turned 60 I've just come out of myself and I’m loving life!”