The amount lost by super slimmer
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