Kate O’Dwyer has been named ‘Woman of the Year 2017’ by Shannon’s Slimming World thanks to her life-changing 6 stone weight loss.

Kate O’Dwyer, who dropped five dress sizes, says: “When I started out I never dreamt I’d be able to achieve all that I have. Losing the weight has made such a big difference, it’s changed my life. My health is better, I have more energy and I’m much happier now – I definitely feel more comfortable in my own skin.”
Kate joined Slimming World in August 2015 after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size. “I started to put on weight and I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable – or both, in fact.
“With Slimming World it’s completely different, I never have to miss out and I don’t have to get hung up on weighing and measuring everything I eat.
“My family and friends are all amazed by how much I can eat and still lose weight. I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like spaghetti Bolognese, curries, chips and roast dinners.
“Now I just prepare and cook them differently – and they taste so much better. I’ve picked up lots of new healthy recipes from the other members at my Slimming World group, too.
“I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club because they don’t know what to expect. From the first moment I walked into my Slimming World group I felt comfortable though, and the support I’ve received has been amazing.
I look forward to going to Slimming World each week.”
Kate lost 4lbs in her first week and was blown away that the changes she’d made had such a big impact so quickly.
She says: “I feel like a different woman to the person who walked into Slimming World those months ago and winning Woman of the Year is a real honour because there are so many amazing members of our group.
“I remember feeling like there was no hope when it came to my weight but I’ve realised that when people believe in you – and you believe in yourself – you can do anything you set your mind to.
“I really hope my weight loss can inspire other people to get started on their own journey and know that there’s a whole group of people waiting to support them every step of the way – especially at the Shannon group.”
Ruth Sheridan, who runs the Shannon group, says: “I’m so proud of Kate. She’s a fantastic ambassador for Slimming World and what she’s achieved is nothing short of incredible!
“She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women – and men – in our county to change their lives in the same way.”
The Shannon Slimming World group is held every Monday evening at 5.30pm & 7.30pm at the Oakwood Hotel, Shannon. To join our group or find out more call Ruth on 087-4571411.