AT almost 20st, Leanne Balderson never imagined she would one day be parading down a catwalk,
But the 30-year-old from Whelley, who has cut her size by almost a quarter through the Lose Weight Feel Great programme will soon be doing just that.
She and other female slimmers are taking part in a fashion show celebrating their achievements.
And if that isn’t proof enough of a new-found confidence and fitness, Leanne is also to compete in the Southport 10k run next month!
The mum-of-two, who is now a Slimming World consultant, said: “I would never have dreamed of doing it, I still can’t believe it’s happening.”
At her post-natal check after giving birth to her second child, Leanne weighed 19st 4lbs and was considering a gastric bypass.
In spring Leanne decided against surgery, instead opting to join the Lose Weight Feel Great programme.
In just a few months she’s already lost an impressive 4st 8lbs and is well on target for her ideal weight of 12 stone.
She said: “I’d always been ‘big’ but my weight was holding me back from enjoying time with my two young children. I couldn’t play with them without being out of breath.
“It has changed my life. I’ve quit my job and am now a Slimming World Consultant. Lose Weight Feel Great taught me how to lose weight properly through healthy eating and exercise. I can’t recommend it enough.”
The fashion show, which includes woman of sizes 12 to 18, will take place at DW Sports Fitness Lounge, Robin Park, on Friday, October 19, with all proceeds going towards Cancer Research UK. Doors open from 7pm and tickets are £5.
Emma Martin, from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “This is a chance to celebrate the achievements of those who have been through the programme.
“The models for the show will be some of our previous and current participants who have succeeded in losing weight and keeping it off. They will also speak about their experiences and how it helped change their lives.”
The event has been sponsored by ladies clothing shop, Sassy Robes, in Mesnes Street.
Lose Weight Feel Great offers a tailored service which provides the three important elements needed for successful weight management; healthy eating, physical activity and motivational support.
For more information call 01942 496496 or visit www.LWFG.co.uk. To book tickets for the fashion show call 01942 488481.