A local slimmer who says she feels like a new woman since losing four-and-a-half stone is now aiming for national glory after being named the Ollerton Slimming World Woman of the Year.
Joanne Morris has gone from 14stone 12lbs to 10stone 5lbs in just 18 months.
Now she’s been chosen to represent the Ollerton Slimming World group in the nationwide Slimming World Woman of the Year 2015 competition.
Joanne joined Slimming World in the summer of 2013 after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size. She said: “I went on holiday and when I looked at the photos I hated how I looked and knew I wanted to lose weight. I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable, or both.”
The 23 year-old follows Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which encourages slimmers to fill up on satisfying yet healthy everyday foods like fruit and veg, lean meat and fish, pasta, potatoes, rice and pulses without having to weigh or measure.
Joanne added: “My family and friends are all amazed how much I can eat and still lose weight. I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like spaghetti bolognese, curries and roast dinners. Now I just prepare and cook them differently.
“I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club because they don’t know what to expect but right from the first moment I walked into my Slimming World group I felt at home. I definitely don’t think I could have lost all this weight without them”.
The national Slimming World Woman of the Year 2015 will be announced in November and the winner will take home a £3,000 cash prize.
Lisa Edwards, who runs the Ollerton group, says: “I’m so proud of Joanne. Not only does she look fabulous, she’s improved her health and is bursting with energy. She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women in Ollerton to change their lives in the same way.”
The Ollerton Slimming World group is held every Monday at 7.30pm and Friday at 9.30 and 11.30am at Lifespring Centre.
To join or find out more call Lisa on 07958556093.