HAYLEY Terlecki found slimming world three years ago and has lost an amazing 9 stone - more than her friend Rachel weighs!

Hayley joined her local Slimming World group in Rosyth three years ago and dropped from 23 stone and 4 pounds to 14 stones and 4 pounds.

Hayley decided to join Slimming World as she feared her boys would be picked on for having an overweight mum. She plucked up the courage to join the group on her own and the members were friendly and inviting. Once she listened to the new member talk she felt excited and motivated for her first week. Hayley is now looking forward to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.

Now, she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at the Crossgates group are getting ready to welcome Hayley as their new Consultant when she takes over the group on Wednesday August 28.

She says: “When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started. After losing 9st and completing my training, it’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.

“Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost 9 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group.

"As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.

“Slimming World isn’t just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car!”

Hayley says she can’t wait for the new challenges running her own business will bring: “For me becoming a self-employed franchisee was a great option. I wanted a job that was well paid, flexible and could fit around my busy family life so launching my own Slimming World group was an ideal option – I feel like I’ve got a brand new career and I can’t wait for my new groups to run now!"

Hayley’s Slimming World group will be held at The British Legion in Crossgates every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm from Wednesday August 28. For more information or to join Hayley’s group either pop along or call her on 07568308377.