Carol from Ballinasloe tells her Slimming World story:
“In September 2013 I decided once again to tackle my weight issue and started to take a more positive attitude towards my diet. I had lost seven pounds up to Christmas but felt I was getting nowhere. On January 6, 2014 I heard Slimming World Ballinasloe was just newly opened, and I made one of the best decisions of my life by deciding to join. The welcome by my consultant, Caroline made me feel completely at ease.
“After about two weeks I started to fully understand the new healthy lifestyle changes, which meant I could still enjoy my favourite meals like spaghetti bolognaise, beef in red wine sauce, and even my favourite takeaway chicken chow mein, made Slimming World-style but tasting every bit as good. To date I have lost just over five stone with Slimming World and I am fast approaching my target weight, which I set myself, as Slimming World never tell you what you should weigh - it’s your own choice.
“The support I receive from my consultant and fellow members in group each week is so beneficial to me. Each week we encourage each other and give recipe ideas and tips to help make life even easier. I feel staying for the group talk each week helps keep me on track. And if for any reason your week did not go to plan it does not mean all is lost and you give up. The choice of foods was so liberating you literally never have to go hungry and don’t have to cook separately as everyone can eat the same meals. I never feel deprived as I know I can have anything I want; it’s everything in moderation. I have enjoyed many evenings and lunches out with family and friends, by making good food choices.
“I have returned to group each week with a weight loss. I have received fantastic support from my family and friends, especially my husband Brian who has also benefited from my lifestyle changes by losing over 3 stone 7lbs. My nine-year-old daughter Lorna could not be prouder of me. My mum, mum-in-law, and siblings are all just delighted for me as they can see the changes in me. My great friends have also been hugely supportive and are always full of praise. Some have even decided to join themselves after seeing how well I have done.
“A dream I never thought possible is becoming a reality and it’s all thanks to Slimming World and the support and help of the group each week.”
Slimming World Ballinasloe runs each Monday at 3.30, 5.30 and 7.30pm and Tuesday at 9.30am and 7.30pm in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.