A Grantham woman has been named ‘Greatest Loser’ after she lost more than seven stone since she joined her
local Slimming World group.
Olivia Ransome, 20, joined the club in August 2015 and has since lost seven stone and two-and-a-half pounds.
With her confidence gone and her friends away at university, she took the plunge and joined the local Slimming World group.
Olivia said: “The hardest thing was to get started and walk through the door and get on the scales.
“I lost four-and-a-half pounds in the first week and then I knew I could keep going.
“It is an emotional journey as much as losing weight.
“I could not shop in any of the shops my friends went into and it made me feel awful. I did not want to go out or meet new people. I used to worry about it a lot but now I don’t care.”
As an overweight teenager Olivia would not have photos taken of her and she was reluctant to leave the house.
Now, Olivia is looking to lose a little more weight before her 21st birthday in June, when she will go on holiday to Italy.
Her slimming consultant, Joolie Cunningham, who runs the Slimming World group at the Jubilee Life Centre in Grantham, said she was delighted for Olivia, who was a shy girl when she first joined.
Joolie said: “I think she is an inspiration. It’s amazing the lifestyle change we have seen in her.
“She was such a shy girl when she started, but now she is sparkling.”
Olivia now attends Bishop Grosseteste University where she is undertaking early childhood studies. She also works in a nursery and wants to go into teaching.
She said of her award: “It’s amazing. I never thought I would do it.
“I have so much more belief in myself now.
“I don’t think I would be applying for teacher training if I did not have the confidence this has given me.”
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