Weigh to go Ann Marie as super slimmer wins award

An Athlone slimmer who lost three and a half stone has been named ‘Woman of the Year’ in her Athlone Springs Hotel slimming world group because of her inspiring weight loss.

Local woman, Ann Marie Costello from Taughmaconnell is delighted with her weight loss. Many people will know Ann Marie from meeting her in SuperValu Monksland, where she works.

Ann Marie joined Slimming World last summer after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size.

Speaking about her weight loss, Ann Marie said, “I started to put on weight over the years as I had my children. I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable – or both, in fact!

“With Slimming World it’s completely different, I never have to miss out and I don’t have to get hung up on weighing and measuring everything I eat. I don’t feel deprived and after losing three and a half stone I’m the slimmest and the happiest I’ve been in such a long time!”

Ann Marie follows Slimming World’s food optimising eating plan, which encourages slimmers to fill up on satisfying yet healthy everyday foods like fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, pasta, potatoes, rice, pulses and more without having to weigh or measure.

Continuing, she added, “my family and friends are all amazed by how much I can eat and lose weight. I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like spaghetti bolognese, curries and roast dinners. Now I just prepare and cook them differently and they taste so much better. I’ve picked up lots of new healthy recipes from the other members at my Slimming World group, too.

“I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club because they don’t know what to expect. They needn’t be afraid though. Right from the first moment I walked into my Slimming World group in The Athlone Springs Hotel, I felt at home, and the support and motivation I’ve received from my consultant Pauline and the rest of the group has been brilliant. They made me feel so welcome and now I don’t know what I was so nervous about – now, I look forward to going to Slimming World each week. I definitely don’t believe I could have lost all this weight without them.”

Pauline, who runs the Athlone Springs group, said of Ann Marie’s weight loss, “I’m so proud of Ann Marie. Not only does she look fabulous, she’s improved her health and is bursting with energy. She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other persons in Athlone to change their lives in the same way. It can be hard to admit that you need to do something about your weight and to ask for help, Ann Marie shows just what’s possible when you do though”.

The Athlone Spings Hotel Slimming World group is held every Wednesday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5pm and 7pm. For further information, please contact Pauline on 087 1878701 or check out their facebook page ‘Slimming World Athlone’ for special joining offers.

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