A WOMAN from Flintshire who transformed her life by losing over 7 stone is now set to start a new career helping other people achieve their weight loss dreams too.

Ceri Jones joined the Slimming World group in Mold six years ago.

Now, having dropped seven dress sizes and inspired by the journey, she has gone through training to become a Slimming World consultant herself.

Ceri’s new Slimming World group will be held at Hawarden Scout Headquarters every Thursday at 5pm and 6:30pm from November 18.

Ceri said: "Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. 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 7 stones 3lb 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 7 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant Jayne Arrowsmith and the members who I now call family.

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.

“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. I love my stepper machine and kettlebell 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!”

Like Ceri, Slimming World Consultants are all former members who have lost weight at their local group themselves and groups are set up as micro businesses in the heart of local communities.

There are currently around 4,000 Slimming World Consultants across the UK and Ireland running 15,000 groups.

Tracey Evans, who runs Slimming World’s Buckley Hawkesbury group and manages Ceri as a Team Developer, says: “Slimming World Consultants are chosen for their positive outlook and because they genuinely care about the health and happiness of others. With Ceri’s experience of being a successful Slimming World member and her kind and warm personality and great sense of humour I just know that she'll be an amazing support to members, cheering them all the way to their target weight.”

For more information or to join Ceri’s group either pop along on November 18 or call 07775767239.