A local woman has thrown down a New Year challenge to residents unhappy with their weight.
Carol Lumdsen has started a Slimming World group meeting in the Roadhouse, John Street, Penicuik, on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Carol attended at the Biggar Slimming World class after noticing she had gained weight.
She was horse riding less and found that looking after her three grandchildren tested her fitness.
Two stones lighter, Carol trained as a consultant and opened her new group earlier this week.
With obesity figures rising, Carol says her new role has never been more important, adding: “Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.”