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This time last year, local woman Sabrina Brett visited her mother and had a chat about losing weight.

Her mother, Margaret Donaldson, owns Donaldson Bakery on Mardyke Street, Athlone. Sabrina was hoping to lose a stone before for her trip to the United States later in the year. Margaret was feeling sluggish and tired, and knew that she also needed to lose weight. So, they both joined Slimming World in The Athlone Springs Hotel.

There they met Pauline, a Slimming World consultant. She explained to Margaret and Sabrina that they would never go hungry while losing weight again. They would be enjoying potatoes, rice, pasta, lean meat, pulses, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables, and they would be eating these foods freely without any weighing and measuring. Neither Sabrina nor Margaret could believe all they could eat in those first few weeks. They made all their usual dinners, with just a few minor adjustments.

Sabrina said: “It was unbelievable. There we were, having a full fry up for breakfast and delicious spaghetti bolognese for dinner, and losing weight every week. It’s never too late to start and it is always easier than you think. You are never hungry and you have great support from everyone in the group every week, which helps even more. Bring on 2018 where the journey continues in the right direction.”

Sabrina lost four stone by November last year and Margaret has almost lost the same.

Pauline from Slimming World commented: “I am thrilled for both Sabrina and Margaret. They both look fantastic and to see them lose nearly eight stone between them in a year is just fabulous. We are all so proud of them both here in Slimming World in The Athlone Springs.”

Slimming World meets in The Athlone Springs Hotel every Wednesday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Contact Pauline on (087 ) 1878701 or log onto the Facebook page, ‘Slimmingworldathlone’.

A Slimming World group meets every Monday at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm, and every Tuesday at 9.30am and 7.30pm. Call Caroline on (087 ) 9650580.

Slimming World also meets at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel every Wednesday from 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Pauline on (087 ) 1878701.


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