An award-winning slimmer from Kettering is on a mission to help people lose weight after losing almost half her body weight.
Shannen Roan, 23, became Cambridge Weight Plan’s Under 25 Slimmer of the Year winner 2016/17 after shedding eight stone and several dress sizes through the Corby company’s weight loss programme.
Now single mum Shannen says she has a new-found confidence in her slimmer figure and has become an accredited CWP consultant, advising others on how to lose weight.
She said: “When I first started on Cambridge Weight Plan, I weighed 17st 9lbs and took a dress size 20.
“I couldn’t even wear jeans.”
The trigger for Shannen to lose weight came when she was walking past a shop window in Kettering with her baby son, George, who recently turned two.
She added: “I didn’t even recognise the person looking back at me from the shop window.
“I looked so unhealthy and pale.
“I thought ‘what is that?’ and I didn’t know I was looking back at me.”
Shannen signed up with a CWP consultant just before George’s first birthday last year and in six months lost a whopping six stone and five pounds.
She was spending £70 a week on takeaways and found the slimming programme to be cheaper as well as healthier.
She said: “I thought it was all just strawberry, vanilla or chocolate shakes.
“I didn’t realise I would be eating proper meals and bars, which made it very easy to follow.
“Being a single mum, I didn’t know if I’d be able to afford doing CWP long-term, but I worked out I was spending £70 a week on takeaways and McDonald’s.
“I actually saved £30 a week on CWP, let alone losing weight as well.
“I had been so depressed about my size but now I feel like a completely new person and have self-respect for myself.
“Winning slimmer of the year was the happiest day of my life.”
As part of her prize Shannen and her mum, Amanda, were whisked off on a week-long Caribbean cruise, where she snorkelled and swam with turtles.
She added: “It was an amazing experience and I have the absolute confidence now to do things like that.”