BABY WEIGHT BE GONE
Following the extra easy plan to reach my target weight as a new mum
After having my son in May I was feeling self-conscious, overweight and often lethargic. Whilst on maternity leave, I found myself turning to chocolate, sweets and caffeine to overcome the tiredness from the long nights. I was breastfeeding so knew things had to change for my son’s sake as well as my own !
On Monday 23rd July, I drew a line – I looked up my local group that evening and went along to start my Slimming World journey.
That evening there were eight new members, all joining for different reasons - weddings,health, fitness, baby bod - but all had the same end goal – to lose weight and change their lives for good!
In my first week I lost 7½lb, achieving my half stone award which made me feel amazingly motivated. I found the plan really easy to follow:
Fill up on free foods (with a 1/3 of a plate of speed foods where possible)
Healthy extras to ensure fibre and calcium nutrition Sins for indulgent / non-free foods
After the first week my weight loss slowed but I knew the number on the scales was still going in the right direction. I had one or two small gains due to holidays, or weeks where I knew staying on plan was going to be difficult, but it didn’t get me down as I knew I had enjoyed myself and just had to get right back on plan to achieve my target.
Slimming World specifically caters for those who are breast feeding or pregnant, offering slightly amended plans to ensure both mum and baby are getting the right nutrition whilst still helping you to achieve your goals. I found this invaluable when I joined, and I loved knowing I could eat healthily, lose weight and still be producing enough milk for my son.
The support from my consultant and members of my group was fab and kept me going back and staying to group each week. Group gave me food inspiration, ideas and a burst of motivation when mine was lacking. I always liken my Slimming World group to having a group of friends all going through the same thing as I am. Always willing to help, whether it be in group, on Facebook, Instagram or outside of Slimming World completely.
I really enjoy to cook and find that Slimming World encourages me to cook from scratch, even when I’m short on time. I love to know exactly what is going in to my food as it’s surprising how much sugar you find in ready to go jars!!. One of my family favourite’s to cook on Slimming World is Chilli con Carne with Rice – all completely free food, so completely guilt free if we go back for seconds!!
Having lost 1 ½ stone, I reached my TARGET weight on 3rd December. I now weigh less that I did before I became pregnant, and I feel absolutely amazing for it! I’m now buying size 10 clothes which is something I haven’t been able to do in years. I’m feeling more confident, healthier in myself and able to keep up when our little one on the move.
I have always had the aim of running a marathon and now that I’ve reached my target weight, I finally feel I’m ready to start my training in the New Year. I would absolutely love to help you reach your goals, so if you’re ready to start your Slimming World journey and change your life for the better, whatever your story – join me at StanwellFields C of E School, Clare Road, Thursday 5.30pm from January 3rd 2019 or contact me on 07912017322 for more information.
In January 2014, mum of two, Susanne made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and joined her Slimming World group in Sunbury. “I didn’t know what to expect, when I walked through the doors at my first meeting. Lots of questions were going through my mind, who is there, what do they do, will they discuss my actual weight…?”. Her mind was put at ease when she was greeted by a friendly and supportive consultant. Susanne had struggled with her weight all her life and piled on extra pounds after she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2012 and after trying quite a lot of other diet programmes, which she never stuck to.
Susanne heard about Slimming World from colleagues at work and saw an advert so she joined her nearest group. She promised herself that she would attend the weekly meetings and after being a member for a year, lost 5 stone 8.5lbs. She found the Slimming World Extra Easy plan simple to follow as it encourages you to eat lots of tasty, free and filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes, plus lean meat and fish. You are never hungry and no foods are banned. She couldn’t believe she had found a way to lose weight without starving herself. She loves to find and try out new recipes from the magazines, cookbooks and from her group members and continues to have a Full English breakfast, seafood risotto, homemade burger and chips or chicken curry.
Susanne has now lost 7 stone, the slimmest she has ever been since her teens and is a target member, she has gone from a size 24 to a size 12. “I’ve had a huge turnover in my wardrobe. I am now wearing different styles, experimenting with bolder and brighter colours.”
Slimming World isn’t just about changing what you eat, becoming more active is very important and after losing her first 2 stone, she joined a gym. She now loves doing a wide variety of classes, her favourite is yoga, piyo and lifting weights with her trainer.
Susanne is now training to become a Slimming World Consultant and will be relaunching on THURSDAY evening 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Egham 1st Hythe Scout Hut, Pond Road, Pooley Green TW20, 8BG.
“I'd lost weight with Slimming World before and after my fourth baby I decided this time it would be for good! This time round I decided the whole family would eat the same meals as much as possible and I would do my best to stay to image therapy as much as possible. There I discovered I could help and support others with ideas as well as myself! I was even voted Miss Slinky this year which was fantastic!”
Leighana now runs a group in Staines at Staines Hockey Club on Mondays at 7.30pm
“I feel amazing after losing 6½st with Slimming World last year, and for me it has really been life changing! I’ve always had issues with my weight, and had tried all sorts of diets. Two years ago I was feeling miserable, my knees hurt, and I got breathless doing any sort of exercise. I saw an awful photo of myself on holiday which made me decide I had to do something about my weight, which was when she decided to join her local Slimming World group. I was welcomed into the Slimming World group, where everyone was friendly and supportive, and I was never made to feel embarrassed about my weight. I was told I could set my own target, with no pressure from anyone and I got off to a great start. My family love Slimming World meals and friends are shocked that I can enjoy a cooked breakfast, a prawn stir-fry, or even chips! Finding Slimming World changed my life, and now I want to share the secret with everyone who is struggling with their weight.”
Kate now runs the Slimming World group in East Molesey at Imber Court on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Before joining Slimming World I was miserable and lacking confidence. I had just completed my first year of uni and had survived on ready meals and cereal as I didn't know how to cook. When I returned for Summer I made the decision that something had to chsnge and that is when I walked into my local Slimming World group. It was so friendly and supportive and I lost one stone over the summer period.
6 years later I trained to become a consultant and relaunched the Merrow group which now runs every Tuesday at Bushy Hill Community Centre. In August of this year I left my full time job to become a full time Slimming World Consultant and I am now running the Onslow and Jacobs Well groups. Leaving my full time job was the best thing I ever did and I am so proud to be helping so many people with their own weight loss journeys'.
Anna now runs groups in Onslow and Jacobs Well on a Thursday morning
Helen is set to share her slimming secrets
A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 4 stone and dropping 5 dress sizes is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.
Now, she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire
Members at the group are getting ready to welcome Helen as their new Consultant when she takes over the group on 2nd January 2019.
The latest government figures reveal that around one in four adults are obese and it is estimated that, by 2034, this will increase to one in three. 51.9% of the Elmbridge BOROUGH’s population is now overweight or obese, and Helen says her new role has never been more important.She says: “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. After losing 4st and completing my training, 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.
“Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost 4 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group. As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and
working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.
“Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight so many times before by following numerous diets but they were never sustainable because I’d always get tired of restricting what I ate. I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish, you are
never hungry and no foods are banned so there’s no deprivation. I really love to eat curries and stir frys. I couldn’t believe I’d found a way to lose weight without starving myself.
Helen’s Slimming World group will be held at the Claygate Centre every Tuesday at
7.30pm. On new year week the group will be running on Wednesday that week at
7.30pm. For more information or to join Helen’s group either pop along on Wednesday 2nd Jan 2019 or call her on 07886 789251.