A WOMAN who lost almost eight stone says she is “over the moon” after meeting Peter Andre at an awards ceremony.
Kerry James, who is now a weight loss consultant in Henley, met the pop star at the Slimming World awards in Birmingham.
She said she was a fan of the pop singer, adding: “Meeting Peter was a real treat — he was such a nice guy. He came back on stage and sang. I was over the moon.”
Ms James, who lives in South Avenue, Henley, said it was a perfect way to round off a successful year for her Slimming World group, which meets at Henley Hockey Club every Tuesday.
She joined Slimming World in November 2011, when she weighed around 18 stone, because she wanted to feel able to spend more time with her three children, who all attend Gillotts School in Henley. Now she weighs 10st 7lb.
Ms James, who started her group a year ago, said she helps educate her members about food and the positives of cooking your own meals and exercising.
She said: “I’m so proud of all the members of the Henley group. They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2014 with many reaching their target weights and improving their health substantially.
“It’s so rewarding to see people achieve things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s wearing smaller-sized clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or being able to do more with their family and friends.
“Now I feel powered up and can’t wait to help my members hold on to all of the fabulous changes they’ve made and support even more people to become happier and healthier in 2015.”
Speaking a year ago, Ms James said: “Obesity is such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight.
“It’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.
“As a slimmer myself, I know how hard it can be and I couldn’t have done it without my consultant and my group.
“My weight loss has completely changed my life. I’ve got a new career and I feel fantastic.”
Andre said: “At the awards I met lots of people who’ve lost incredible amounts of weight and it has completely transformed their lives — and their families’ lives too.
“They’re eating more healthily and being more active and so are their families and every single one of them told me that they couldn’t have made those changes without the support of their Slimming World group and their consultant, so people like Kerry are clearly very important.”