A SUPER slimmer is proving she’s a winner at the losing game after shedding a staggering 12 stone in weight.
Michelle Quinn has been named Slimming World’s Greatest Loser in the West Harton area of South Shields.
The 43-year-old was awarded the title by fellow members at her slimming club, which meets at West Harton Methodist Church, in Boldon Lane.
Michelle says she feels like a new woman after losing 12.5st.
She said: “I feel like a new woman since losing weight. In fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person.
I hated shopping for clothes and found just climbing up stairs and doing simple everyday tasks would leave me tired and out of breath.Michelle Quinn
“For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the biggest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.”
Michelle weighed 25st 3lbs when she joined the group, which is run by Kelly Allen, in April 2013 and has since dropped to 12st 10lbs, and is only a few pounds away from her target weight.
She said: “Before I lost the weight I hid behind a big bubbly personality.
“I’d pretend it didn’t bother me that I was bigger than most other people, but that was far from the truth.
“I hated shopping for clothes and found just climbing up stairs and doing simple everyday tasks would leave me tired and out of breath.”
Michelle’s weight was also putting a huge strain on her health and she suffered with high blood pressure, chronic back pain and got breathless easily.
She joined Slimming World after being referred by her GP.
Anyone who wants to join the group can call Kelly on 07939 946797.
‘It doesn’t mean going hungry – I love my food’
Michelle Quinn says that losing 12 stone has given her a new lease of life.
The 43-year-old wore a size 28-30 when she weighed 25st 3lbs.
But now, after an impressive 12.5st weight loss, Michelle is 12st 10lbs and wears a 12-14.
Michelle’s diet used to be made up of white toast with margarine for breakfast, sandwiches and crisps for lunch and fish and chips and takeaways for dinner.
Now she starts her days with a breakfast of cereal or fruit and yoghurt, enjoys home-made soup for lunch and tucks into healthy versions of her favourite curries, roast dinners and fish and chips.
She said: “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad or obsessively counting every calorie you eat, but it’s not like that at all at Slimming World.
“I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on a diet – in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry.
“I still enjoy all my favourite meals like burgers and chips and roast dinners but I’ve learned how to make small changes like using lean meat or cooking with low calorie spray instead of oil or butter.
“It fits in really well with the rest of my family and we can all eat the same meals.”