By Emily Burgin
A DEDICATED Slimmer has been crowned with a national title for his impressive weight loss.
David Eyres was named Slimming World’s first ever Mr Sleek UK at a glittering awards ceremony in November after winning the questionnaire-based contest.
David has lost a combined nine stone with his wife Kelly, who attends sessions with him, and he admitted they use slimming as a competition to make themselves work harder.
David said: “Winning was an amazing experience, something I’ll never forget. I even got the chance to be on stage with Jason Donovan!”
He added Slimming World has had amazing results for his family and he feels he has turned his life around and his children have their father back.
The pair are both proud members of a Slimming World group run by Michaela McKinley, who looks after a total of 150 members and always welcomes anyone else wanting to lose excess pounds.
Michaela, who has lost six stone herself, said: “Each week we weigh our members then discuss weight change, recipes and what we plan for next week – that’s image therapy.
“We hold member competitions in groups and each group winner may have the chance of heading to regional semi-finals then finals at the head office in Derbyshire.”
And another prestigious title was awarded to group member Kate Meah as she was named Michaela’s ‘Miss Slinky.’
Kate first turned to Slimming World after getting engaged and wanting to lose weight for her wedding.
She had also lost her job as a healthcare assistant due to a back injury and her doctor mentioned her weight wasn’t helping – motivating her to lose four-and-a-half stone.
All the slimmers attribute their success to the supportive groups, image therapy and most importantly to Michaela.
Kelly said: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, you always learn something new and you won’t look back!”
Michaela runs Slimming World groups at St Thomas Church Hall, Moorside at 7.30pm on Wednesdays and then at Oldham East Methodist Church at 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursdays. For more information call her on 07760 232 637.