4 Women of the Year lost 18 stone

debbie laidlaw
debbie laidlaw

Slimming World groups in Driffield have been voting for their Woman Of The Year rece - with the four group winners losing an amazing 18½ stone between them.

Debbie Laidlaw joined the Monday 5pm Slimming World group after becoming increasingly unhappy with her weight.

Diana Petch

Diana Petch

She said: “I started to put on weight and I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry and miserable. Slimming World is completely different, I never have to go hungry and I’m the happiest I’ve been in years”

Diana Petch from the Monday 7pm group, started following Slimming World’s famous Food Optimising eating plan 16 weeks ago and has lost three stones and 3½ pounds so far.

It’s a healthy eating plan based on satisfying even the largest of appetites. Now, Diana fills up on unlimited amounts of everyday foods such as fruit and veg, lean meat and fish, pasta, potatoes, rice and pulses which are all filling yet naturally low in calories and fat.

Christine Farrell from the Wednesday morning group, loves trying out all the delicious slimming recipes she picks up from other members at her Slimming World group. She said: “My family and friends are all amazed how much I can eat and still lose weight. I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club – they don’t know what to expect. But from the minute I walked into Slimming World, the support I’ve received from my Consultant and the rest of the group has been brilliant,”

Ruth Wiles won the award in the Thursday evening group for the second year running with an amazing 11 stone loss to date. “At first I was really nervous, especially about stepping on the scales, but straightaway I was made to feel welcome and now it’s like a night out with friends. I couldn’t have done it without them,”she said.

“I never dreamed I could achieve so much. It’s made such a huge difference – it’s changed my life. I’ve got so much more energy and I can do things now that I couldn’t before. My fitness has improved – I enjoy being active now rather than thinking of it as a chore.

Shirley Sowersby, who runs the Monday and Wednesday groups, said: “I’m so proud of these ladies.

“Not only do they look fabulous, they’ve improved their health too.

Jackie Dixon, who runs the Thursday group says of Ruth, “She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women in Driffield to change their lives in the same way.

“It can be hard to admit that you need to do something about your weight and to ask for help, but I think Ruth shows just what’s possible and what a huge difference losing weight can make.”

To join a Driffield Slimming World group or find out more call Shirley on 07999 371611.