The amount lost by su­per slim­mer

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS - NICK STATHAM

AGRAND­MOTHER -OF-TWO who runs her own slim­ming group made it to the fi­nal of a na­tional weight­loss com­pe­ti­tion.

Deb­o­rah Lane, from Chad­der­ton, was one of only 11 Slim­ming Word con­sul­tants from a pos­si­ble pool of 4,000 across the UK and Ire­land to qual­ify as a fi­nal­ist in the club’s Top Tar­get Con­sul­tant com­pe­ti­tion.

She at­tended the fi­nals at Slim­ming World’s head of­fice, where she was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate and gift by man­ag­ing direc­tor Caryl Richards.

Deb­o­rah, 46, won her place in the fi­nal by main­tain­ing her weight loss of three stone 3.5lbs for one year and 10 months.

At her heav­i­est, Deb­o­rah weighed 12 stone 11.5lbs and found that her health and con­fi­dence were be­gin­ning to suf­fer.

But she took mat­ters into her own hands by join­ing her near­est Slim­ming World group, based at the Spring­bank Bowl­ing Club in Chad­der­ton, and hasn’t looked back since.

Af­ter reach­ing her tar­get weight of 9 stone 8lbs Deb­o­rah trained to be­come a Slim­ming World con­sul­tant.

She launched her own groups, which are held at St Michael’s Church, in Mid­dle­ton, in Septem­ber 2013 and now sup­ports more than 150 slimmers ev­ery week.

She said: “I was amazed that I got down to the fi­nal 11, it was def­i­nitely a proud mo­ment for me.

“I’ve been at my tar­get weight for nearly two years and I’m still get­ting over­whelmed and amazed by how great I’m feel­ing from hav­ing a more healthy life­style.

“There were fi­nal­ists from the Top Tar­get Con­sul­tant and Big­gest Loser cat­e­gories at the event and we split up into groups and talked about our suc­cess sto­ries.

“It was a re­ally emo­tional day lis­ten­ing to every­body’s jour­neys and ac­knowl­edg­ing ev­ery­one’s achieve­ments.

“As con­sul­tants we try to en­cour­age and praise our mem­bers as much as we can. How­ever, we don’t al­ways get the praise back, so it was nice to be on the other side of that for a day.

“My fam­ily were re­ally, re­ally amazed. I didn’t tell them or my mem­bers un­til the week be­fore the fi­nal.

“All the mem­bers at my club were re­ally sup­port­ive and my hus­band put my pic­tures on his Face­book page, I got a lot of sup­port.”

Deb­o­rah Lane, from Chad­der­ton, who was a fi­nal­ist in the Slim­ming World Top Tar­get Con­sul­tant com­pe­ti­tion. Left: Deb­o­rah be­fore her weight loss suc­cess

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