A STUDENT who had become so unhappy with her weight she decided to change her lifestyle has won an award for her weight loss efforts.
Rebecca Crawley, 20, piled on the pounds after starting at Staffordshire University and meeting her boyfriend.
But the extra weight made her lose her confidence and she no longer wanted to go out because of it.
The student nurse, who hails from Hull, decided in January that enough was enough so she promptly joined a Slimming World group at Stafford Rugby Club.
She made small changes to her diet and began doing a bit of extra exercise and the pounds began to fall off.
Nine months later she has now shed an impressive five stones and won young slimmer of the year in her Slimming World group.
“I didn’t notice the weight going on but eventually I realised how much I had gained and I didn’t want to go out anywhere or to see anyone,” she said.
“When I joined Slimming World I changed my diet and started being a bit more active. I do more walking and the occasional bike ride.
“I was surprised when I discovered I had been chosen as the group’s young slimmer of the year. I couldn’t believe it.”
Zoe Hewett, who leads the Slimming World group at Stafford Rugby Club, added: “Our Young Slimmer of the Year is for members in group which are aged between 16 and 21.
“Since joining us Rebecca has attended every week to focus on her weight loss and always contributes so positively in group. Other members find her so inspiring.”
The classes are held on Mondays at 4.30pm and 6.30pm, Fridays from 10am and 12pm and Saturdays from 8am and 10am.