A WOMAN who was so overweight she had problems walking 100 yards and who is now training for her first marathon was named Slimmer of the Year in Britain yesterday.
Primary school teacher Jeanne Mithieux, who said fish and chip dinners with jam roly-poly from the school canteen used to be her greatest weakness, lost more than half her bodyweight in just 16 months. Once a Size 32, she plummeted from 21.5 st to 9.5 st.
Ms (28) Mithieux received the Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year 2000 award at a special ceremony in London yesterday.
The four regional finalists lost more than 34 st between them by following the Rosemary Conley diet and fitness regime.
Ms Mithieux, now a size 12, won a trophy, £1,000 cash and £1,000 in gift vouchers.
Jeanne, from Upper Norwood, south London, used to be so large she could only walk short distances, but now she has completed her first half marathon and is in training for this year's London Marathon.
She weighed 18 st by the age of 16 when her brother gave her the nickname The Juggernaut.
``I looked horrendous and therefore felt worthless,'' said the Australian-born winner.
``I'm thrilled to be the Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year. It's as though I have begun a whole new life.''
Her waist is now less then half the size it was slimming from 60 inches to 28 while her hips have reduced from 70 inches to 42 inches.
Other finalists were David Ashton (30), the first man to win a place in the finals.
He went from 18st to 13 st.
Ros Thatcher, 32, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, gained the confidence to contact her birth mother after 32 years when she managed to lose nine st, going from 21st 2 lb to 11st 12 lb.