A WOMAN from South Tyneside is aiming to help others beat the bulge after being helped through her own weight loss battle.
Sarah Graham, of Laygate, South Shields, has become a Slimming World group leader after shedding three-and-a-half stone with the support of the group.
The 37-year-old first joined Slimming World in November 2011, when her daughter Kara, now two-and-a-half-years, was five months old.
Sarah, who is married to Dave, said: “I was on maternity leave from work, and I just started doing what a lot of people do, constantly picking at food.
“I had lost my baby weight but then starting putting it all back on and I went up to 16st, so I decided to join Slimming World, and my confidence started coming back.
“In December 2012, I found out I was pregnant with my second daughter, Molly, who’s now five months, and I continued to go to Slimming World throughout my pregnancy.
“All I wanted was to not go back to 16st, and I managed it with the support of other people in my group. I even lost a bit of weight the week before I gave birth.”
She added: “While I was pregnant, I craved Chinese chips and curry sauce. Other people in the group told me about a healthy version that you can make yourself and it tastes exactly the same.
“I’m down to 12-and-a-half stone now, and I feel a lot better.”
Sarah, who is on maternity leave from software company Sage Group, now runs her own group at CustomSpace – formerly The Cave – in The Captain’s Row, South Shields.
The group meets every Monday evening from 7.30pm.
She said: “Going to Slimming World helped me get my confidence back, and the support I was given at the group was so amazing. I want to pass on that support to other people now.
“It’s my way of giving something back for the help I received. I’m hoping the group will be successful enough that I can cut my hours back at my job as well.
“Now that I’ve got two girls, I feel guilty at the thought of going back to work and leaving them, so I’d love to be able to spend more time at home.”
To find out more about the group, call Sarah on 0793 036 6335.