FORMER fat mum Sue Thompson can finally fit in the saddle after shedding a staggering 15st.
Tipping the scales at 27st 8lbs and struggling to walk more than a few steps, horse riding was just a distant dream for the mum-of-one.
Now, after being spurred into action, Sue, who turned 40 this week, has taken over the reins and slimmed down from a size 32 to a svelte size 12.
And she has been able to fulfil her dream of taking up horse riding.
Sue, of Chester-le-Street, said: “I just can’t say how much of a new woman I am.
“It is absolutely amazing to have lost all that weight. I can do all the things I wasn’t able to do before and I have so much more confidence.
“I know it has saved my life as well.”
After joining Slimming World in March 2010, Sue has now hit her target weight and is so passionate about helping others shed the pounds, she has become a Slimming World consultant in Washington.
Sue, who lives with husband Shaun, 43, and daughter Jessica, 15, said her family and friends were really worried about her health before she started dieting. They are now very proud of her achievement.
However, she joked that Shaun is not so happy about all the new clothes she keeps buying.
She said: “I wasn’t really a chubby child or anything, but as I got older the weight just started to creep on.”
Sue was a size 20 when she got married on her 22nd birthday and over the years continued to get bigger.
She said: “I knew my 40th birthday was on the horizon and I was putting my life at risk. Now I’m living proof that life does begin at 40.
“I was really nervous and embarrassed going through the doors to the class because I didn’t know what people would think, but it was absolutely fine.
“I don’t really think of it as a diet, it is so easy to follow and it’s just eating healthy food.”
Sue runs Slimming World groups at the Washington Millennium Centre in Concord on Mondays at 5pm and 7pm and at Glebe Methodist Church on Wednesdays at 9am, 11am, 5pm and 7pm. New members are welcome to go along.
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