Slimmers win top accolade for being the biggest losers

In the picture are Jo Stickney, Christine Holdsworth, Claire Sandey, Val Horn, Sheila Griffiths, Emily Roe, Kate Davison, Kathy Hardy

In the picture are Jo Stickney, Christine Holdsworth, Claire Sandey, Val Horn, Sheila Griffiths, Emily Roe, Kate Davison, Kathy Hardy

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Eight slimmers from Pocklington, Market Weighton and Holme on Spalding Moor feel like new women after losing 32.5 stone between them – and they have been awarded their group’s Slimming World Woman of the Year accolade.

Slimming World’s Woman of the Year competition recognises the achievements of women in making long-term healthy lifestyle changes for themselves and their families.

All of the ladies shared their story and inspirational insights.

Young mum Emily Roe balances her weight loss with her young family and has lost three stone.

Kathy Hardy also lost a life-changing three stone in 26 weeks to reach her target.

Clare Sandey joined to support her teenage son, losing 5st 3lbs while battling ill health.

Val Horn is four stone lighter in 21 weeks, again battling ill health, and feeling healthier than she has in years.

Kate Davison has lost almost four stone and fulfilled a dream of wearing a dress this summer for her holiday – something she didn’t feel happy to do before.

Sheila Griffiths has lost six stone and said it has “put the fun back in her life” and improved her health so much that she has had medication reduced dramatically.

Jo Stickney said her 3st 9lbs loss has enabled her to do the things she always wanted to, confidently!

Christine Holdsworth shared how much happier being a smaller size has made to her life.

Her 4st 11lbs loss has encouraged her to be much more active now, which is helping maintain her target weight.

They all follow Slimming World’s food optimising eating plan, which encourages slimmers to fill up on satisfying yet healthy everyday foods like fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, pasta, potatoes, rice and pulses without having to weigh or measure.

Kathy said: “Now I just prepare and cook them differently – and they taste so much better. I’ve picked up lots of new healthy recipes from the other members at my Slimming World group, too.”

Now Christine Holdsworth, from Pocklington, will go forward to the regional finals of the competition, putting her in the running for the national title. The Slimming World Woman of the Year 2015 will be announced in November.

Area Manager Jayne Pitcher said: “I’m so proud of Christine and all of our local group finalists. Not only do they look fabulous, they’re improving their health and energy levels.

“Each of them are a huge inspiration to everyone in their group and I hope they inspire other local men and women to change their lives in the same way. It can be hard to admit that you need to do something about your weight, but I think they show just what’s possible when you do.”