BAKER Alison Pritchard admits her two jobs do not go hand in hand.
By day she dons a chef's hat, running her bakery, Alison's Country Kitchen, and producing mountains of sponges, scones and biscuits to sell to Chester's cafés and tea rooms.
Then on Thursday nights she leads the Tattenhall Slimming World group, successfully steering her slimmers away from the very treats she normally slaves over.
Alison has herself lost four stones since the beginning of 2003, but says that at times she is still tempted by the delicious smells coming from her kitchen.
'I am determined to carry on losing weight, but it does make it harder when I am surrounded by cakes all day. I can't really avoid tasting the cakes because I have to make sure they are OK before I sell them, but I will admit to being tempted to a scone fresh out of the oven when it isn't strictly necessary.'
Under Alison's direction, the group members have lost 51 stone since January, with a special award being given to Tiz Coran, who lost four stones, three pounds to make her the 'biggest loser.'
Alison celebrated the achievement by taking 217 bags of flour weighing 51 stones in total to a group meeting.
She said: 'I wanted to represent how much they have achieved in losing this amount of weight. This flour would take my company three weeks to use up - it's a huge amount of weight to lose and I am thrilled with the group's success.'
For more information on Tatten-hall Slimming World group, call Alison Pritchard on 01829 771395.