I wanted to lose weight primarily for health reasons but also wanted to improve my mobility and feel more confident. I heard about Slimming World on Referral through my GP Surgery. I had previously been offered a gastric band and more recently to use one of the new drugs that are available. Due to the side effects, I did not want any form of intervention or to use more medication than I am already on for other health issues. The Practitioner mentioned being referred to Slimming World and it was just the encouragement that I needed. I would probably have joined Slimming World if I hadn’t been referred but I'm not sure when. This referral gave me the push I needed.
I have been a Slimming World member in the past and know the Plan works. When I went back to group to start my referral, at first I thought ‘Oh dear, here I go again’, BUT this group is the best I have ever attended. Everyone is friendly and supportive to each other, and it is working for me. I also feel that being in a position to attend a morning group is better than in the evening.
Being overweight was having a severe effect on my health. I have lost less than 3 stones so far, but I feel so much better and more mobile. Previously I could not kneel to do my gardening and now it isn't a problem. I am walking faster than before and can actually speak whilst walking! Losing weight has motivated me to make other changes to my lifestyle. I don’t smoke, but I have reduced my alcohol consumption and would eventually like to stop totally. I am a lot more active now, but I don't feel ready to attend any exercise classes or groups just yet.
The best thing that’s happened as a result of my weight loss is that my posture has improved, and the quality of my sleep has improved. I can get out of bed without my feet hurting. It's all good. I have previously tried using Slimming World online instead of going to class, but the support of the group has made such a difference. Food Optimising is so flexible and works perfectly for me - and when my family visit they always ask for the Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese! My consultant, Denise, understands what it is like to be overweight and that, for me, is very important. My group is a very mixed bunch of people, and many have achieved great weight losses. They really do help to make me look forward to going along to group.
I have renewed my Slimming World membership with a 12-week Countdown and have set myself mini-targets to help me on my journey. I have a long way to go but am determined to be the person I want to be. I don't feel ready to be able to share photographs just yet, but when I have lost the next two stones I will think about it because the changes will be more noticeable.