Super slim Michelle ‘woman of the year’

Michelle Marks has lost over six stones in 18 months. EMN-150823-164325001
Michelle Marks has lost over six stones in 18 months. EMN-150823-164325001

A Helpringham slimmer who has shed over six stone has been named the Heckington Slimming World Woman of the Year because of her inspiring weight loss.

Michelle has lost more than six stone in just 18 months.Now she’s been chosen to represent the Heckington group in the nationwide Slimming World Woman of the Year 2015 competition, which aims to find the UK and Ireland’s top female slimmer, recognising their achievements.

Michelle Marks of Helpringham had become unhappy with her size. EMN-150823-164337001

Michelle Marks of Helpringham had become unhappy with her size. EMN-150823-164337001

Michelle, 38, joined in January 2014 after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size. She says: “I started to put on weight after I had my children and being posted away meant I took to food for comfort. I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable – or both, in fact. With Slimming World it’s completely different. I don’t feel deprived and after losing six st I’m the slimmest – and the happiest – I’ve been in such a long time.”

She added: “I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like chillies, curries and roast dinners. Now I just prepare and cook them differently – and they taste so much better.”

Michelle could not believe it when she lost 5lbs in her first week and then she began moving down dress sizes. A happier and more confident Michelle said: “I’ve gone from a size 26 to a 12. Losing the weight has made such a huge difference. My fitness has improved and I enjoy being active now rather than thinking of it as a chore – I love going to the gym and cycling. I feel like a winner already, so being voted the Heckington group’s Woman of the Year 2015 is just the icing on the cake.”

Michelle heads to the regional finals of the competition on September 12. The national Slimming World Woman of the Year 2015 will be announced in November when the winner will take home a £3,000 cash prize.