SHE is almost half the woman she used to be and now Hazel Webb is going to give others inspiration to shed the pounds.
The Widdrington mum-of-one lost an amazing 7st 11½lb at a Weight Watchers class in Alnwick, going down from 17st 5½lb to 9st 8lb.
Now Hazel, 41, is training to become a class leader so she can help others to do what she has done.
Hazel, who joined the Saturday morning group in June 2010 and reached her target weight in April 2011, said: “I feel amazing. I can’t believe I have done it. I look back at pictures and can’t believe that they are me. I just never thought I would be able to do it.
“I do a lot of Guiding and we took a group of 60 Brownies and Guides for a weekend in Hexham. I wanted to have a go at all the activities but I couldn’t get into the harnesses.
“I knew we were going again last year and I really wanted to do the activities so that was my goal – and I did it. I was able to abseil and do a 3G swing where you are lifted up about 30ft and released.
“I also knew it was going to affect my health.
“I think I was quite focused and determined but I wouldn’t say it was easy. There is a lot of habit-changing.
“I also started exercising and gave myself little milestones.”
Hazel went down from a size 22/24 to a size 10/12 and bought her first little black dress at Christmas in a size eight.
“I’ve had some great comments,” she said. “When I saw my brother he said he didn’t recognise me and if he had seen me in the street he would have walked past me. The best comment was from my little girl who’s eight. She said ‘mummy, I can put my arms all the way round you when I give you a hug’.”
Hazel works at Age UK Northumberland and joined the class with friends from work. She was also part of the Weight Watchers television advert which stars Alesha Dixon.
Hazel also praised the class leader, Kim Stewart.
“She’s just absolutely fantastic,” she said. “She keeps you going if you’ve had a bad week and gives you great support. The group is great as well and regularly gets 40-plus people turning up.”
Hazel is going to continue going to classes so that she doesn’t get back into bad habits.
Kim Stewart, who runs the Saturday morning class at St Michael’s Church Hall, said: “Hazel has been a valuable member of the group and from day one has always participated in the discussions, giving valuable tips and hints to the group.
“On more than one occasion, Hazel has stood in front of my class showing her before-pictures and telling them what motivated her and her determination to continue.
“She told of the rewards she has earned, praise from her young daughter and how losing all that weight changed her life forever. She is a great inspiration and a very positive person. I am absolutely thrilled with her achievements.”
The class runs from 9.30am on a Saturday.