A South Tyneside woman is helping take the weight off other people’s minds through role reversal at her slimming club.
Kelsie Sinclair, 25, of Mortimer Road, South Shields, has lost three-and-a-half stone since joining Weight Watchers a year ago.
A strict diet and plenty of exercise have seen her tumble from 14st 4lbs to 10st 11lbs.
Kelsie admits she hated not looking good in clothes, and resented struggling to find those that fitted.
Matters came to a head when she saw herself in photos at her aunt’s wedding, with new clothes bought for the occasion looking ill-fitting.
It inspired her to join Weight Watchers – her mum also having lost weight on the plan – and she has not looked back.
She said: “I finally feel happy and confident in outfits and I can finally get excited to wear a dress for events.
“I can finally go on dog walks and not struggle half way around. I feel less lethargic and have so much more energy. And most of all I’ve found my smile and confidence.”
Although nervous on signing up, her commitment to a healthy lifestyle means she now volunteers her advice and experience to novices setting out on the same journey.
Her coach, Keely Richardson, said Kelsie now helps her with activities at a Weight Watchers class at Boldon Community Centre – and passes on tips.
Keely said: “She had been to a family wedding and didn’t like the photos she saw of herself afterwards, and decided to do something about it. Kelsie has been hugely committed to losing weight, which she has done through sensible eating and exercise.
“She is educated in the right life choices, so much so that she is now a great help to me during sessions, including by weighing people.
“I needed someone to help and she volunteered straight away. It’s great she is now supporting other people to follow her path.”