An inspirational Slimming World consultant who runs groups in Millom and Barrow has reached the semi-finals of a national competition.

Dawn Attwood is one of 21 consultants vying for the organisation's Top Target Consultant 2024 award.

It recognises commitment to long-term healthy habits and weight management.

Ms Attwood has maintained her 3st 4.5lbs weight loss for seven years and two months.

Having joined Slimming World in January 2011, HER health and confidence were suffering at the time, but she was able to turn her life around.

Speaking about her journey, Dawn Attwood said: "Before joining Slimming World, I spent so much time thinking and worrying about my weight every single day.

"It stopped me from doing the things I now enjoy, like being an active grandma to my gorgeous grandson Freddie."

Ms Attwood, once nervous about joining Slimming World, soon found solace in the supportive environment of the group she joined.

She learnt how to prepare and cook her favourite foods differently, ultimately consuming nutritionally rich food and losing weight.

The Mail: Dawn Attwood is one of 21 consultants vying for the organisation's Top Target Consultant 2024 award

The consultant added: "I wasn’t depriving myself, instead I was filling my body with nutritious and healthy foods and now I've lost 3st 4.5lbs – all while still eating food I love, like pasta, chocolate and potatoes".

Boosted by her weight loss, Dawn Attwood engaged with Slimming World’s physical activity support programme, Body Magic, and gradually built up her activity levels.

She continued: "Now I love to run regularly, I have completed lots of races, including a marathon.

"My proudest moment was running the London Marathon as part of the Slimming World team".

Her passion for helping others on their weight loss journey drove her to become a Slimming World Consultant in January 2013.

Now, she leads weekly slimming groups in Millom and Barrow from Monday to Saturday.

She expressed her contentment with her current position saying: "I’m happy, healthy and in a role I’m so passionate about that doesn’t ever feel like work – and I have Slimming World to thank for that."

Dawn Attwood encourages anyone inspired by her journey to attend the Millom Slimming World group.

More details can be found on the Slimming World's official website.