A Whitchurch slimmer has seen her quality of life go from “zilch to 200 per cent” after shedding five-and-a-half stones.

Janine Austin, 43 from Whitchurch, has gone from a dress size 20 to 12 after joining Whitchurch’s Slimming World class, which she says has totally changed her life.

Once her friends had convinced her that the sessions were a help, she agreed to go along – despite being confident in her own body – and hasn't looked back since.

"I was very reluctant as I felt comfortable in how she looked, but I had nothing to lose apart from those unwanted pounds," she said.

"I was shocked about my weight when I first stepped on the scales and didn’t realise just how overweight she was, but now her confidence has gone through the roof. I still enjoy a few white wines as my treat and making Slimming World curries.

"I'm now a target member and comes to group every single week at her friendly group especially knowing my weight is confidential, and knowing I’ve got the support I need to maintain my healthy weight once I’m at target."

"I now love clothes shopping and I have a much healthier lifestyle and I never ever want to go back. Slimming World has completely changed my life but I really couldn’t have done it without the help of my husband John, who encouraged me to go.

"I have made so many lovely friends from the Whitchurch group and the inspirational stories and the advice is fantastic.

"Food Optimising means I can eat unlimited amounts of foods like Slimming World chips, cooked breakfasts, ham omelette and my favourite of all roast chicken with veg and roast potatoes.

"I can still treat myself to my favourite biscuits and the odd vodka without feeling guilty."

Tina Hayward, Janine’s consultant, added: “I am very proud of Janine and so are her fellow members.

"Janine has blossomed into a more confident lady and each week she gives plenty of support to everyone."

Whitchurch's group runs every Thursday at 10am, 12pm, 5pm or 7pm at Whitchurch Civic Centre or Wednesdays in Wem at Wem Methodist Church at 5pm and 7pm.

For more information call Tina on 07894 225813 or visit www.slimmingworld.com