A FLINTSHIRE slimmer who transformed her life is using her success to support others achieve their weight loss dreams too.

Bonnie Wilson has been running an award-winning Slimming World group in Connah’s Quay for just over three years after losing three-and-a-half stone.

Recently, she has taken over a local Slimming World group across the border in Ellesmere Port at Hope Farm Methodist Church.

She said: “Members will find a few things have changed in our groups to ensure that everyone feels as safe, confident and comfortable as they possibly can. This includes appropriate social distancing, hygiene measures and shorter sessions, which we’ll be asking members to book in to before attending.

“What hasn’t changed is the gorgeous warm welcome, feeling of togetherness and the joy of being ‘in it together’ week on week. As well as looking forward to ‘that feeling’ of being back together with our existing Slimming World members, I can’t wait to welcome new members into my group too.”

Bonnie had tried to lose weight many times before by following numerous diets but she admits they were never sustainable because she’d always get tired of restricting what she ate.

She adds: “I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet.

“I love going out on bike rides with my little girl and dancing to get my Body Magic! As a consultant, it’s my role to create that warm, supportive atmosphere to get people sharing their ideas and experiences to help others - it’s going to be great fun!”

Bonnie added: “I want anyone who’s worrying about their weight or health – especially if they’ve put on a few extra pounds during lockdown – to know that there will be absolutely no judgement at a Slimming World group – just lots of understanding and a very warm welcome.

“At Slimming World losing weight isn’t about going hungry – our eating plan is extra easy, very delicious and super generous. And moving more doesn’t mean running marathons – unless you want to, of course.

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

Bonnie’s Slimming World groups are running using a booking system every Thursday and Friday and will be held at Hope Farm Methodist Church every Thursday at 5.30pm and every Friday at 9am and 11am.

For more information - or to join Bonnie’s group - call her on 07834 420331 to book your place.