Having just turned 40, Elaine Wheeler decided that it was time to stop making excuses and take the plunge to do something about her weight after struggling for months to find a dress for her birthday. So together with sisters Andrea Squires, Joanne Farrelly and Joanne's two daughters they all joined their local Slimming World group in Swanton Morley. Now, only 4 months later Elaine has managed to lose 2½ stone, Joanne has lost nearly stone and Andrea has almost reached her target and lost over 2½ stone.
"When we first walked through the doors at group I think we probably felt like most people would, a bit scared, very apprehensive and worried about feeling humiliated". "We needn't have worried because that couldn't have been further from the truth. Our consultant Tracey and group members were so welcoming and warm, the support was amazing and the fact that you could share your ups and downs together and be comforted that everyone was there to help. There is no humiliation, just encouragement and I found that it was such a benefit to stay to the end every week as every session gave different ideas, tips and motivation on how to keep on track with the food optimising and body magic".
The plan is so easy to follow, it's flexible, has a great variety of food and you can have all of your favourites and the portion sizes are great! The recipe books are good too, nearly all of the dishes are so easy to cook, I work quite long days and I didn't find it hard or longwinded to prepare and cook the recipes. I have always been a real "foodie" so I really did think that I would struggle and always feel hungry but that couldn't have been further from the truth and the absolute best part is that you can still even enjoy your favourite treats. "It means I don't have to miss out on anything! I can still eat all the things I love, spaghetti bolognese, shepherd's pie, apple and rhubarb crumble and not forgetting a nice glass of white wine".
I am absolutely delighted that I joined Slimming World, I thought I was doing so well and eating the right things, I couldn't understand why I wasn't losing weight. I can now see exactly where I was going wrong and feel so much happier in myself and I know the rest of my family feel the same. We now look forward to going out and having fun, instead of hiding away, spending most of our time in oversized t-shirts and jogging bottoms! I also love shopping now and I still have to remind myself at times not to pick up my old dress size!
Due to the success she has had from Slimming World, the passion and faith that she has for the plan, Elaine has decided to open a new group in North Elmham at the Institute on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 7.30pm.
For more information about North Elmham Slimming World group, contact Elaine Wheeler on 07796 837803 or visit www.slimmingworld.com.