Barry Slimming World member wins award for maintaining six stone weight loss
12:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Emily Brace (centre) with Annamarie Vincent (left) and Slimming World District Manager Linda Bowen
A BARRY Slimming World member has won an award for losing more than six stone and maintaining it for nearly seven years.
Emily Brace, who attends the slimming world class at St Francis Millennium Centre on Park Road, lost 6 st 2.5 lbs to reach her target weight of 11 st 10 lbs.
Emily, 29, was awarded Diamond Member of the Year 2013 and was presented with a cheque for £2,000 to commemorate her achievement last week.
Emily, who works as a nurse, said that she originally joined Slimming World to help boost her self esteem as she had been “stuck in a rut and didn’t want to put myself out there”.
“Back when I was 17 my self-esteem was rock bottom and I had been bullied a lot because of my weight,” she said.
“I needed to do something about it as it was not just affecting my self-esteem, but my day to day activities as well.”
She added: “I was a student nurse at the time and I was giving health promotion and advice to patients when I was that big myself.”
Emily joined Slimming World in January 2004 and soon started to follow the plan and started exercising.
“It was a long journey and it wasn’t all plain sailing,” she said.
“It took me two and a half years to lose 6 st 2.5 lbs to reach my target weight of 11 st 10 lbs.
“I still go to group and that’s helped me and kept me on target.”
She added that the biggest change had been her confidence since the weight loss.
“My confidence has grown so much,” she said.
“I have achieved so much in my life. I graduated as a nurse and went on to do midwifery."
She added that she had now got back into her old activities, including horse riding and tap dancing, and that she “had never been this happy before”.
“I feel like my life has started again as I wasn’t able to do anything I wanted to do,” she said.
“Now I believe in myself and anything I want to I can achieve.”
Annamarie Vincent, Slimming World Consultant for the St Francis Millennium Centre group, said: “Emily is our Diamond Member 2013, which is an award for the most inspirational member who has lost weight and kept it off. It’s really important because we, at Slimming World, believe that weight maintenance is one of the most unrecognised achievements in weight management.
“To maintain her target weight all this time is a really fabulous achievement.”