A SUPER-SLIMMER has shed a staggering 8st 2lb and dropped seven dress sizes to fulfil her dream of taking her daughter swimming.
Teacher Allison Simpson has gone from being 17st 11lb to 9st 9lb in just 18 months.
The 35-year-old said she had always been “big” from being a child and she wants others to know that larger people can still achieve their weight loss goals.
The mum-of-two joined her local WeightWatchers group in September 2011 with the sole wish of getting into a swimming costume and taking her daughter Sophie, four, to the pool.
Allison, who lives in Wingate and is a teacher at Cotsford Infant School, in Horden, never dreamed she would achieve her ambition.
But in April this year she was stunned to see she tipped the scales at 8st 2lbs.
Allison who has shrunk from a Size 24 to Size 10, said: “I was always the biggest kid in the school.
“But the weight loss has given me a lot more energy, I can do a lot more than I ever did, and it does give you confidence.”
Allison, whose husband Craig, 40 has lost four stone in a year, had this advice for other wanna be slimmers: “I think small steps is the key – don’t think of your end goal.
“I never thought I would get to that goal, but my WeightWatchers instructor Sharon Lowes inspired me totally.
“Without her and going to WeightWatchers I would never have got there.”
Allison, who is also mum to Andrew, 16, swapped large meals for smaller portions and does not snack as much.
She said before shedding the pounds she would snack on chocolate biscuits and crisps, which were “convenient” to eat.
But now she eats a lot more fruit, salads and cereal.
“I still have take-aways,” she said.
“But it is much more about portion control.”
She has even taken up running, and does weekly 5km Parkruns with her son.
“It had to be changes we made as a family - we go out on longer walks,” added Allison.
“I didn’t really move or do any exercise at all until last November.”
WeightWatchers leader Sharon, who has run her group at Peterlee Newton Football Club for 14 years, said: “This demonstrates that people who have been overweight all their lives can achieve success and dreams with WeightWatchers.”