A Wilmslow woman is celebrating after shedding nearly seven stone in weight.

Alma Lawson, who joined Slimming World in April 2017, has lost a total of 6st 12lbs.

Alma from Handforth, joined the Wilmslow Parish Hall group in a bid to lose weight for her general health.

She says: “Like many people do, every year I’d make the same resolution to lose weight, but like many I would end up yo-yo-ing back to my original weight or gaining even more.

“I’ve always struggled with my weight, and covered my insecurities with my bubbly personality. I enjoyed socialising with my friends, however I would avoid having my photo taken. It wasn’t until I saw some pictures of myself that I realised just how much weight I had gained. I was embarrassed at how unhealthy I had become.”

However, Alma was determined to change that and decided to join Slimming World.

She says: “I was filled with nerves walking through the doors, I received such a warm and friendly welcome though that I soon forgot about them.

“And when I was introduced to the plan, I was so surprised by all the food that I could still eat, such as pasta, rice and potatoes, without feeling guilty. I got stuck in right away and started cooking meals from scratch, rather than relying on convenience foods or takeaways, I stocked up on plenty of fruit in case I got hungry between meals. I can still enjoy a treat every now and then, too.

“Joining Slimming World was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m much healthier and happier and I’m thrilled with the money I'm saving by not having two takeaways a week. As a result we have been on our first holiday abroad in 16 years in May and had such a fantastic time we have booked to go away again this September.

"I'm confident the habits I’ve discovered will stay with me forever. I still have more weight I want to lose but I know that with Slimming World I will achieve my target weight."

Emma Williams who runs the Wilmslow Parish Hall group that Alma attends, says she couldn’t be prouder of Alma's achievement.

“Her determination to lose weight and lead a healthier life is really inspiring, both to me and all of the other members in the group," she said. "Alma is a truly wonderful person, she has won numerous awards at our group for her amazing weight loss including our Miss Slinky Award, Greatest Loser and most recently our Woman of the Year 2018.

"I hope she’ll inspire other people in Wilmslow and show them that it is possible to lose weight whilst filling up on lots of delicious food."

The Wilmslow Parish Hall Slimming World group is held every Monday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further information please contact Emma Williams on 07765 886496.