Michelle is shadow of her former self

Michelle Smerdon (left) and Karen Hamilton
Michelle Smerdon (left) and Karen Hamilton

When it comes to slimming, Michelle Smerdon takes some beating and to prove it, she has been named as Horncastle’s Woman of the Year.

Michelle took the title at the town’s Slimming World Group after losing 6st 10.5lbs in just 18 months.

Now, group members have nominated her as their representative in the annual Slimming world Woman of the Year competition for 2014.

Michelle joined Slimming World in January 2013 after becoming increasing unhappy about her size.

She said: “I started to put on weight from a very young age and after I had children, I just fell into the habit of not bothering with what I was eating.

“I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry and miserable.

“Slimming World is completely different. I never have to miss out or feel deprived and after losing the 6st 10.5lbs I’m the slimmest - and happiest - I’ve been in years.”

The 35-year-old follows Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan which encourages slimmers to fill up on satisfying yet healthy everyday foods like fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish.

She added: “My family and friends are all amazed how much I can eat and I still lose weight.”

Karen Hamilton, who runs the Horncastle Group, said: “I’m so proud of Michelle. She’s bursting with energy.”

The group meets every Tuesday at 10am at the Community Centre or every Thursday at 7.30pm at Stanhope Hall. Details (07900 062817).