A SHEFFIELD mother-of-two’s success in losing more than 5st led her to the finals of a national slimming competition.
Angelina Ward, aged 33, who lives in Halfway, slimmed down from 15st 1lb to 9st 11lb and is now being hailed as an inspiration to her community.
She became one of 48 women – representing 400,000 others from across the UK – to reach the finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2011 competition.
Angelina, who shed the weight after joining the Birley Slimming World group in November 2010, won a regional heat, and she was congratulated on reaching the national finals by TV doctor Hilary Jones.
She said: “I’d tried so many times and so many ways to lose weight before, usually depriving myself of the foods I enjoy, counting calories and going hungry, so inevitably my attempts failed miserably.
“I decided to have one last try and luckily I found Slimming World. It was completely different to anything else I’d tried. I did have to make changes to the way that I cooked and ate, of course, but they were small changes made easy at Slimming World.
“I loved tucking into delicious healthy meals and watching the pounds fall off. It was great to prepare meals that suited my family and friends too, so we’ve all benefited from eating more healthily.
“If ever my motivation did start to fade, my consultant and the rest of the group were there to remind me how far I’d come. We talked and laughed a lot. Now I’m slimmer and more confident – so much more confident that I go to Zumba regularly too, when before I lost the weight I did no exercise at all.”
Angelina’s consultant, Michael Longden, said: “Angelina is not only looking great, she’s added years to her life and become a role model in our local community. Her success is inspiring other people in the group.”
The group meets every Wednesday at 10am at The Fairways Inn, Birley.
Dr Jones said: “Latest figures show that more than 60% of women are so overweight that they are putting themselves at risk of developing a range of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer and putting a huge strain on the NHS.By losing weight, Angelina has dramatically reduced her risk of a range of health problems including, at the very worst, premature death.”