Super slimmer Mandy loses 15 stones

Barrowford's Greatest Losers celebrate their Slimming World success stories (S)
Barrowford's Greatest Losers celebrate their Slimming World success stories (S)

A super slimmer is proving to be a winner at the losing game after shedding 15 stones and being named Barrowford Slimming World’s “Greatest Loser 2015”.

Mandy Owen won the title, which is awarded to the member of the Slimming World group who has lost the most weight, and she says her weight loss has changed her life.

Mandy 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. For me, though, it’s the change on the inside that’s been the biggest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.”

Mandy is now less than half the woman she was.

After finding the group on the Slimming World Website, Mandy decided to join her local Slimming World group at a Higherford Methodist Church. She said: “Walking through those doors was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done – I was embarrassed about my size and scared that I might be the biggest person there.

“I needn’t have worried, though – everyone there was so friendly, especially my consultant Janet Barnes and I was so relieved when I found out that my weight was confidential between me and her – I’d had visions of having to tell everyone how much I weighed! Since then I’ve made so many friends at the group.”

Mandy followed the club’s Food Optimising eating plan and swopped high calorie foods, for tasty low syn meals, like SW curry and ‘Full English’.

Now Mandy’s lost a total of 15st. She’s also more active nowadays. Janet Barnes, who runs the Barrowford Slimming World group, said: “The changes we’ve seen in Mandy are incredible – as is she. I hope her success will inspire other people in Pendle. There’s a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think, if you start today you could feel like a completely new person just like Mandy.”

The Barrowford group meets every Wednesday at 3pm or 5pm or 7pm at Higherford Methodist Church. To join call Janet on 07791 979616 or pop along.