Super slimmer Chris Haswell has shed the pounds but gained a new career after cutting out biscuits and cakes - and dropping three dress sizes.
The retired NHS operations manager, of Greta Gardens, South Shields, is now a svelte size 12 and about to set up her own weight loss class.
The married mum-of-two and grandmother decided to cut the calories after a health check revealed she was at risk of developing diabetes.
Since March 2015, and with the help of Slimming World, she has lost almost three stone.
It has led to a confidence boost so great that next month she will start work as a Slimming World consultant.
She said: “I was on the go all the time at work, and found it difﬁcult to avoid the cakes and biscuits, not to mention the vending machines. When I became a grandmother, I worried that I wouldn’t get the chance to enjoy time with my granddaughter and with other health problems in the mix, I knew I had to do something, and take care of myself.
“Being older and overweight affected my conﬁdence and life. Although nervous, I knew as soon as I walked through the door of my Saturday group I’d made the right choice.”
Chris added: “With the help of the new friends I was making every week in group, I was shown how to make very easy swaps and changes to way I eat, cook and shop. I attend an Indian cookery class, and was able to adapt the ingredients to suit my new lifestyle and best of all add slimming world chips to the meal. Nothing was out of bounds - even the cakes, chocolates and biscuits which had once held me back.”
Chris is especially proud of buying her ﬁrst jumpsuit after turning 60 in 2015, and has even joined dressmaking, quilting and knitting clubs. She will run her new group at All Saints Community Association, in Stanley Street, South Shields, from Thursday, October 12, at 7.30pm.