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Over 40s Slimmer of the Year 2013 is half the woman she was.

45-year old Sharon Farrell from St. Albans, Hertfordshire used to weigh 20st 3lb and wear a dress size 30 until she joined her local Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Club, lost half her body weight – an astounding 10st 1lb - and now weighs just 10st 2lb to wear a dress size 10.

Sharon's slimming success has earned her the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine Over 40s Slimmer of the Year 2013 Award and she is one of twelve Slimmers of the Year 2013 who have lost a staggering 102 stone between them.

Sharon received her award – along with £1,000 cash – from Rosemary Conley, CBE, at a glittering ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel on Thursday 3rd January. She is featured in the February issue of Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness magazine, on sale now and on Rosemary’s free internet TV channel, www.rosemaryconley.tv.

Sharon had been overweight since she was a teenager, but it took an embarrassing incident on a bus when an elderly man announced to the entire bus that he was unable to sit in the spare seat next to her as she was taking up both seats. Sharon, who was so upset she was almost hyperventilating, fled the bus at the next stop and struggled to walk the rest of her journey to work. “I arrived at work hot, flushed and sweating for half an hour afterwards,” says Sharon, who realised that it was time to start looking after herself.

As a child, Sharon was always bigger than her friends and over the years she just got bigger. Her father's sudden death when she was just 19 years old, saw Sharon turn to food for comfort and throughout her 20s and 30s she was a constant yo-yo dieter. “I'd lose a few stones then put it all back on, plus more,” says Sharon.

Rosemary Conley class finderWhen her mother became seriously ill in 2004, Sharon struggled with working during the day and caring for her mum overnight and at weekends. “I was getting out less and less and eating all the wrong foods, like sausage rolls and pastries, crisps, chocolate and biscuits, plus a fat-laden ready meal or takeaway for dinner. If I did go out in the evening, I'd down about five or six pints of real ale,” says Sharon.

In 2006, Sharon was no longer coping and was put on anti-depressants. She took a career break to look after her mother full time during her final months and after she passed away, her depression increased along with her weight. “I was in such a bad way and was just existing, not living. I was so unfit I couldn't walk anywhere without getting out of breath but until the incident on the bus, I didn't have the impetus to do anything about it,” adds Sharon.

Sharon joined the Rosemary Conley Club in March 2010 and was horrified to discover she weighed so much. It took Sharon five weeks to lose the first stone and after that the weight dropped off at a steady rate. Sharon soon got hooked on the exercise in class and extended the number of classes she did to three classes a week. “Everything felt so much easier after I had lost about 3st. My depression lifted, I felt happy for the first time in ages and was taken off medication,” says Sharon, who, after increasing her exercise to most days of the week, was 9 stone lighter in less than two years.

Six months later, after deciding to get down to the 10st zone, Sharon weighed in at 10st 3lb, bringing her total weight loss to 10st 1lb. It is the first time in her adult life she can wear a dress size 10.

“Losing weight has had such a positive effect on my life. I feel like a totally different woman now. Last year I walked the Race for Life; now I plan to run it. I want to do the 18-mile Chiltern Peak Walk this year and would love to do a marathon,” says Sharon. “My life has changed completely and I know I will never go back to the way it used to be.”

For details of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs in St. Albans, Harpenden call Sandra Harnett on 01707 372 559 or click here to visit Sandra’s website.

*weekly class fees may vary

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