Usually someone might be offended to be called a loser but Sylwia is delighted. The proud 32-year-old has been named Galway’s Slimming World Greatest Loser 2014 because she has lost a fantastic eight stone.
The super slimmer bagged the prize, which was awarded to the member of the Slimming World group who has lost the most weight, and says her weight loss has changed her life: “I feel like a new woman since losing weight, in fact I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often cannot believe I am the same person. But for me it’s the change on the inside that has been the biggest – I am happier, healthier, and lots more confident now.”
Sylwia followed the club’s ‘Food Optimising’ eating plan and swapped fast foods for healthier options. “I love food and it has never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’. I still enjoy all my favourite meals like burgers and chips and roast dinners but I have learned how to make small changes like using lean meat or cooking with low calorie spray instead of oil or butter. It fits in really well with the rest of my family as well so we can all enjoy the same meals, and my husband has lost more than one stone himself.”
Now Sylwia has lost a total of eight stone and gone from a 22 dress size to a 14 dress size. She is also more active nowadays and regularly runs and swims.
Jackie, who runs the Slimming World group, says: “The changes we have seen in Sylwia are incredible. I hope her success will inspire other people in Galway who would like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and become happier and healthier to take action. There is a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and just think; if you start today you could be a completely new person before 2015.”
The Menlo Park group meets every Wednesday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, and 7.30pm. The Lady Gregory, Gort, group meets every Thursday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For more information contact Jackie on 085 8520701.