Local woman Marie Sammon comes from Coosan in Athlone, and had battled with her weight since childhood. She gained lots of weight while her four children were young and went on lots of different diets depending on the fad at the time, losing weight and gaining twice as much after. Naturally enough, she found this very disheartening.
While she was overweight, Marie began to develop health problems. She had high pressure, high cholesterol, and was eventually diagnosed with an underactive thryoid. She was put on daily mediation for all of these conditions. Eventually, she gave up dieting and decided to concentrate on keeping fit. Yet despite all her walking, she couldn’t lose a single pound. She hated shopping for clothes especially for a special occasion, and was mortified by how she looked in photos or videos.
Her weight kept going up and up, until she heard great things about a new slimming club in Athlone. In November 2013, she took the first step and joined Slimming World. She was very sceptical at first, having failed at so many attempts at losing weight before, but she was reassured by friendly consultant Pauline that she would have no problem losing weight. She really felt relaxed straight away in the supportive group.
Marie couldn’t believe how much food she could eat, cooking lovely dinners for the whole family like lasagne, chicken curry, and chicken casserole - nobody guessed they were eating Slimming World dinners.
At Slimming World target weight is your own personal choice, so Marie chose to lose four stone. In November this year, she reached that target. She is delighted with the improvements to her health, is off the cholesterol and blood pressure tablets, and has lots more energy. She loves to go clothes shopping now and has her old confidence back.
If you would like more information, please call Pauline any time on (087 ) 1878701 or come along any Wednesday to the Athlone Springs Hotel at 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, or 7.30pm.