Charlotte Foster was one of just 44 women to win a place at the semi-finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2023 competition after losing an inspirational 7st 4.5lbs. The competition was to find the UK and Ireland’s top female slimmers.

Charlotte, who slimmed from 17st 1lbs to 9st 10.5lbs, made it to the semi-finals after members of the Oswestry Slimming World group voted for her to go forward to the semi-finals at Slimming World’s head office in Derbyshire.

She said, “Before I joined Slimming World I was at a loss with what to do about my weight, I was self concious and often unhappy but I didn’t know where to start. I found Slimming World after a friend posted how well he was doing at his local group on his social media and decided to give it a go.

“I didn’t know at the time, but I can honestly say now that it was the best decision I’ve ever made. My eyes were opened to a new way of eating that fits easily around my life and I felt in control for the first time ever. What made it even easier was that I could still enjoy the same meals as my friends and family. Old favourites like­­­­­ curries, steak and chips and Sunday roasts are all still on the menu.

“My Slimming World group and Consultant Claire have been amazing. I’ve picked up so many tips, everyone is full of ideas and advice, and their belief in me really helped me to believe in myself and my own ability to make a change.

“As time went on I started Couch to 5k. I now regularly run half marathons and I’m a leader at my local running club ‘Run Chums’. Slimming World has completely changed my life.”

Oswestry group meets at Eastern Oswestry Community Centre on a Monday or Saturday. Call Claire on 07882 174539.