A slimmer celebrated reaching her target weight by treating herself to a sports car.
Sharon Bromilow reluctantly joined a slimming club on the advice of her GP after he warned she was at risk of developing diabetes.
She was dreading the thought of sitting in a room with other people “longing to eat cake” but she joined a Weight Watchers class in Oakham and has never looked back.
Sharon, of Main Street, Lyddington, said: “I have always been a bit overweight but never thought about doing a weight loss programme.
“I was dreading it but the class was completely different to what I expected and I made some really good friends.”
Sharon, 43, developed gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with her son Harry, who is now four. The condition went after she gave birth but her weight meant she was at risk of developing regular diabetes.
When she joined Weight Watchers last year Sharon weighed around 12 stone and was a size 16.
She followed the plan for six months and shed three-and-a-half stone to become a size 8-10.
The programme gives every food a certain number of points and people following the programme are allowed to eat a certain number of points per day.
Sharon, who was supported by her husband Gary, said: “It’s really just about sensible eating but the points help keep you on track.
“My son called it fat club and didn’t want me to join because he said if I lost weight there would be less of me to love, but I feel better and have much more confidence now.”
To celebrate her success Sharon treated herself to an MG 160 Trophy.
Her Weight Watchers leader, Rhonda Bolton, said: “Sharon was extremely motivated from the beginning, rarely missing a meeting and almost always losing weight.
“She reached her goal by losing 47lbs and is thrilled with her new figure. It’s great to see her celebrate by buying a sports car.
“I am proud of what Sharon has achieved and her health has obviously benefited too.”