A SUPER slimmer from St Andrews was delighted to be congratulated on her inspirational weight loss by Dancing on Ice winner and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden at the semi-finals of a national slimming competition.
After losing 6st 2.5lb, Dawn Doherty earned a place as one of just 47 women from across the UK and Ireland to reach the finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2012 competition.
Hunky Matthew, who plays David Metcalfe in the Yorkshire soap and was nominated for sexiest male at the British Soap Awards earlier this year, knows only too well the thrill of a good competition since he skated his way to victory on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice. He was on hand at the organisation’s head office in Derbyshire recently to help all of the slimmers to celebrate their amazing achievements.
Dawn, 41, has slimmed down from 16st 13.5lb to a gorgeous 10st 11lb since she joined the Leuchars Slimming World group in January 2011. The group, which is run by Slimming World Consultant Kim Eades, meets at Leuchars Community Centre every Thursday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
Dawn’s weight loss and new-found confidence inspired her fellow members to vote her as their representative in the annual Woman of the Year competition and, after winning the regional heat, she secured a place in the national semi-finals, putting her in the running to win the overall title Slimming World Woman of the Year 2012 and a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to St Lucia.
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 unsurprisingly my attempts usually failed miserably.
“Slimming World was completely different to anything I’d known before. I loved tucking into delicious healthy meals and watching the pounds fall off.
“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. Each week we talk about coping with different challenges coming up and share recipes, practical advice and handy tips like offers we’ve seen in local supermarkets. We laugh a lot too and I love going to the group every week, I’ve made so many friends. Thanks to them – and my weight loss – I’m a more confident person as well as a slimmer one.
“Slimming World has changed my life completely for the better. I’d like to thank everyone – family, friends and my group – for all their support.”
Kim, who runs the Leuchars Slimming World group which Dawn attends, says: “Dawn is not only looking fab, she’s a brilliant example of the difference making changes to your eating habits and getting more active can make. She’s added years to her life and her success is inspiring other people in the group and St Andrews to turn their health around and help us beat obesity in the area.