An inspirational mum-of-two has scooped a national award after helping local people shed more than 600 stone between them in just a year.
Emma Stockmeier helped residents across West Norfolk and Lincolnshire lose a whopping 8,554lb – the equivalent of fifty 12 stone people – through her Weight Watchers classes.
Now the 39-year-old, from Sutton Bridge, has been crowned the company’s Role Model of the Year for the East and South East at a glittering ceremony last week.
Emma became a leader eight years ago on the back of her own weight-loss success story.
She joined her local class when her twin 10-year-old boys were three-months-old and lost an incredible four stone in less than two years – dropping from a dress size 20-22 to a 12.
She said: “I just wasn’t happy about myself. I felt invisible, like I didn’t exist. It wasn’t about vanity or wanting to look glamourous, I just wanted to feel better about myself.”
Just two months after reaching her goal weight Emma applied to become a leader and she hasn’t looked back.
“I needed to do more than be a member, and wanted a way of keeping my weight off as well,” she said. “I wanted to give someone else the feeling I got when I reached my goal weight.”
Emma currently runs five classes across West Norfolk and Lincolnshire; increasing to eight in the New Year due to popular demand.
One of the many women Emma has helped to success is 24-year-old Abbie Rust, of Lynn, who has lost more than three stone since joining her class at Lynn’s Springwood High School in July this year.
Emma said: “She joined in the summer and she didn’t know how she’d get on as she is vegetarian, but her weight loss has been fantastic. She also took advantage of the Weight Watchers eSource app for smart phones, which tracks everything on the go. She swears by it.”
Weight Watchers UK vice president, Jeanine Lemmens, said: “At the heart of Weight Watchers success are phenomenal leaders like Emma. She inspires, involves and informs all her members.
“ The Role Model of the Year Award could not have gone to a more deserving person.”
To find out more about where and when Emma’s classes are held, visit www.weightwatchers.co.uk