A BRIDE-to-be spoke of her joy after achieving her weight loss goal and getting a new career in the process.

Laura Teare from Connah's Quay said she joined Weight Watchers in January 2014 after feeling low when she stood next to her friends who are all naturally slim. She was 12 stone nine pounds at the time.

She explained: "I lost my Dad in September of that year and took a few weeks away from Weight Watchers.

"It was then that I realised, I could either give up or carry on, so despite not being in a great place I decided to carry on, and got to goal in December. I felt amazing losing three stone.

"The following March I was feeling quite low. I had got to Goal and a lovely Christmas but was still struggling with missing my Dad and decided that as well as my full-time office based job I wanted, or rather needed, something that would help me to get my glow back.

"I got an email from Weight Watchers which told me that they were recruiting in my area and I thought why not.

"I never thought that three years on I would have my diamond coach award and also have a role supporting the rest of my area.

"In September 2017 I gave up my full time job so that I could turn my passion into a real career, and I've not looked back."

Miss Teare is to marry her partner Gareth Jones at Chester Town Hall in August.

Speaking of her achievement, she added: "The biggest victory has been more recently when I had my hen do.

"For the first time, in what feels like a very long time, I was happy, more than happy. I was confident next to my friends, rather than self-conscious - that's something that I've always struggled with, even whilst being at goal."

She now runs her own Weight Watchers meetings in Bebington, Flint, Mold, Broughton and Holywell.