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‘The best bit? Making my kids proud’

Hollie Barrett’s incredible journey began when she couldn’t read her daughter a bedtime story. Now 8st 6lbs slimmer, she’s the mum she always wanted to be – and our Woman of the Year

HOLLIE WEARS: Jumper and shoes, both New Look. Jeans, Next. Earrings and bracelets, all Accessorize

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Hollie Barrett, 30, is a community champion for a major supermarket and Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2016. She lives in Blundeston, Suffolk, with her partner, Tom, and their children, Ethan, 11, and Imogen, five

Height: 5ft 5ins

Starting weight: 17st 11lbs

Weight now: 9st 5lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 8st 6lbs

Hollie is a target member of Liz Sunderland’s Slimming World group in Beccles, Suffolk, formerly run by Joanna Briton

‘Ready or not, here I come…!’ As my little girl, Imogen, ran up the stairs to bed, I tried to chase her to read a favourite bedtime story. By the time I’d puffed my way to the top of the stairs, though, I was too exhausted to read anything.

I held the book in my shaking hands, trying to catch my breath and struggling to get even a few words out. All I could do was watch as my partner, Tom, took over. I loved being the one who tucked in Imogen and my son, Ethan, then three and nine, each night, ending their day with stories and cuddles. Now my weight seemed to be taking away this special moment, as it had so many other things.

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About Slimming World

Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim