Award-winning pie maker Margaret Robinson didn’t let temptation get the better of her and her husband Nigel as they embarked on a slimming mission.

The Derbyshire couple shed eight and a half stones between them, and now Margaret is planning to help others do the same by starting her own Slimming World sessions.

Margaret makes all the pies at Croots Farm Shop near Duffield, as well as scones, cakes and other tasty treats.

However, by abiding by the ‘all things in moderation’ rule, she managed to lose three and a half stone over seven months, which she has now kept off for 18 months.

She was helped in her mission by carefully choosing her diet options, which included the slinky sausage from Croots, which is extra lean and which Margaret helped to design for those who are watching their weight.

Husband Nigel has also trimmed down by losing an amazing five stone over 12 months after being warned by his doctor that his health was at risk if he didn’t do something about his weight.

Now Margaret, who is deputy manager at Croots, is becoming a consultant with Slimming World, with sessions starting on Wednesday June 20th at 7.30pm at St Benedict Catholic School, Duffield Road, Derby.

“Surrounded by lovely food all day, I probably have one of the most difficult jobs for someone trying to lose weight but Nigel and I are proof that you can do it, whatever the circumstances,” said Margaret, who lives at Mickleover.

“Yes I make pork pies, scones and other lovely products, but as long as you keep things in moderation it’s possible to trim down. I’m looking forward to helping others in Derbyshire to get down to a healthy weight, and hope my experience will inspire them.”

Steve Croot, owner of Croots Farm Shop, based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, said: “We’re really proud of Margaret and Nigel’s achievement. Margaret’s weight loss is roughly the equivalent of a sack of potatoes, which is incredible.”

Anyone interested in joining Margaret’s Slimming World sessions can drop in to St Benedict Catholic School at 7.30pm on Wednesday June 20th.

Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (café until 3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm). It is closed on Mondays.

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