SHE is almost half the woman she used to be and now Hazel Webb is going to give others the inspiration to shed the pounds.
The Widdrington mum-of-one lost an amazing 7st 11½lb at a Weight Watchers class, 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 Alnwick Saturday morning group in June 2010 and reached her goal 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 to go again last year and I really wanted to have a go so that was my goal, and I did it.
“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 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 TV advert starring Alesha Dixon.
Hazel’s class leader Kim Stewart praised her achievements.
She 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.
“She is a great inspiration and a very positive person, I am absolutely thrilled with her achievements.”