A 48-year-old super slimmer from Bilsthorpe has reached the semi-finals of Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2018 competition after losing an impressive 8st 9.5lbs.

Emma Alder was congratulated by Jamie Lomas, known for his roles in Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Coronation Street.

She says: "Before I found Slimming World everything just felt like such a struggle. Simple tasks would become massive chores because I'd get out of breath so easily, and having so much weight to lose just felt like a huge battle. After I joined my local Slimming World group in Farnsfield it was as though my eyes were completely opened and I found a new way of eating that easily fitted around my life and family. Old favourites are all still on the menu, I just prepare and cook them differently.

"I picked up loads of tips in my Slimming World group too. Everyone is full of ideas and advice, and their support really helped me to believe in myself and my ability to make a change. I honestly don't think I could have done it without them!

"I've also taken up swimming and running and completed two half marathons and climbed to the summit of Snowden. I also compete in Canicross with my bearded collie dogs Loxley and Ludo. Slimming World has completely changed my life."

Kath Smith, who runs the Farnsfield group, said: "If Emma has inspired anyone else who'd like to lose weight, why not call myself on 07508 917150 or my colleague Becca who runs the Southwell Group on 07497 845823 and see how Slimming World can help you make those changes."