Meet the woman who’s helped dieters shed 685st in a year – the equivalent to …

A grandmother has helped members of her community drop almost 685st in the last year – the equivalent of 40 Sam Warburtons!

Sharon James, from Kenfig Hill sees 32 members each week as a Weight Watchers leader after successfully battling with her own weight.

The 52-year-old, who has three children, two step children and five step grandchildren, was named as one of the UK’s most inspirational Weight Watchers Leaders at an event in London in mid March.

Sharon holds meetings in Bridgend, Brackla, Laleston and Pyle where people have lost the weight.

One of Sharon’s biggest success stories is 62-year-old Ruth Trigg from Porthcawl who is set to swap her mobility scooter with a bus pass after dropping 77lbs – five stone – in five months.

Sharon had battled with her own weight since she was in school, where she was 11 stone before she reached secondary.

But after joining the weight loss scheme in 2007, where she weighed 11st 10lbs, she dropped two stone and has been at her target weight for six years.

“It was a lifelong struggle but after I achieved my goal, I started helping others at meetings and liked it. Helping members to believe in themselves and seeing the difference that losing weight makes to their lives is so rewarding,” Sharon said.

Speaking about the secret to losing weight, she says it’s all about embracing change.

“I think what people need to do is embrace lots of small changes. It’s also about coping factors. It’s about asking yourself why you are eating what you are eating at that time, is it for a special occasion?

“It’s also about keeping the weight off.”

As part of the celebration, Sharon was also given the opportunity to cook along with Master Chef 2012 winner, Shelina Permalloo.

The event, which was hosted by Permalloo, celebrated the success of ten of the UK’s inspirational leaders and showcased some of the ways to enjoy filling, healthy food while watching our weight.

Sharon was treated to a cookery demonstration by the cook and was challenged to make one of Shelina’s recipes before sitting down to taste her efforts.

Speaking after the event, Sharon said: “I feel honoured that my efforts have been recognised. I love cooking and am always trying new recipes to entertain guests at dinner parties.”

A spokesman for Weight Watchers said: “At the heart of our success are phenomenal leaders like Sharon.

“Sharon inspires, involves and informs all her members – I challenge anyone to go to her meetings and not come away inspired!”

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