Karen Daly got some TLC from JLC when she cuddled up to the comedian Justin Lee Collins at Slimming World's recent annual awards ceremony to celebrate its most successful slimmers.
Karen, who manages Slimming World groups in Dundalk, was thrilled to meet the funny man and TV presenter at the glitzy event in Birmingham.
Bristolian Justin, who is best known for presenting TV shows including The Sunday Night Project, Justin Lee Collins: Good Times and the Bring Back… series, joined Slimming World's founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE to host the ceremony.
He said: "The whole experience blew me away! What's great is it's about ordinary people who've achieved something truly extraordinary.
"I met some really inspirational people. Not only the slimmers who collected awards for losing weight and changing their lives, but also the amazing people like Karen who run and manage the groups and support them along their journey.
"I know only too well that slimming isn't easy. Having a great support network around you makes all the difference. Having met Karen I think people in Dundalk are incredibly lucky to have so many great Slimming World groups on their doorstep."
Karen said: "Meeting Justin Lee Collins was the perfect ending to what's been another amazing year for Slimming World.
"This year has seen us open our 7,000th group and welcome over a million members, both of which are huge milestones. And with the highest levels of obesity in Europe here and in the UK there's still a lot of work to be done and in 2011 we want to help even more people improve their health - and their families' health too.
"So many of our members tell us that's exactly what happens when they discover new healthy habits at Slimming World - they share them at home and everyone benefits.
"At this time of year lots of people will be pledging to slim down and shape up, and we'd love anyone who wants to make their New Year's resolution a reality to come join us at any of the Slimming World groups in Dundalk. Even if they've struggled to stick to resolutions in the past, there's no need to be put off.
"Slimming World's famous Food Optimising eating plan and our support systems are all based on our deep understanding of what it feels like to have a weight problem. Food Optimising puts you in charge of what you eat and when you eat without having to count, weigh or measure - meaning you're in charge of your weight, instead of the other way around - and better still you'll never go hungry.
"Each week in group, members share success strategies, meal ideas and most of all understanding and camaraderie.
"Losing weight successfully is more than just eating less and moving more. It's about finding the deep-rooted motivations that keep us on track or lead us to go off the rails and give up and with over 40 years' experience, based on exactly this, we understand that better than anyone.
"There's nothing like the fun and warmth of a Slimming World group to make sure your New Year's resolution lasts a lifetime."
For more information on Slimming World visit www.slimmingworld.com
l Slimming World's Karen Daly with Justin Lee Collins