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‘I was determined to give it my all’

Thursday, 30th April, 2020 9:59am

After trying Slimming World three times, but never sticking with it, Nicola Howard was determined that her fourth attempt would be the one that stuck.

"In 2020 I decided this year was going to be my year, I was going to be slim and healthy! On 4 January, along with my good friend and neighbour Jean, we walked through the doors of Slimming World Watergrasshill. We were warmly welcomed by our fantastic consultant Annemarie. It was my fourth attempt at joining; I had joined Slimming before and had lost weight but stopped going and ended up putting it all back on and more. I knew the Slimming World plan had worked for me in the past so I knew I could do it again.

Standing on the scales, I weighed in at my heaviest ever, 13st 11.5lb. Staying for the image therapy group each week and listening to Annemarie and other group members, I was determined to give it my all.

From the moment I rejoined Slimming World, my bedtime reading was my food optimising book which I understood inside out. The most important thing that I learned was to weigh and measure all my food and drinks and to follow the plan 100 per cent.

My food diaries made me accountable for everything I was eating and drinking. I began posting pictures of all my meals on our Facebook support group page. This kept me motivated and encouraged me to stay focused and I tried new recipes that other members had posted.

On my first week I lost 6lb and every week after that the losses continued. Every award I received made me more determined. Even through this Covid-19 pandemic, I have stayed focused and on plan with the help of Annemarie and our Watergrasshill Saturday morning virtual Slimming World group. Over the last 16 weeks, I have lost a total of three stone and reached my target weight of 10st 11.5lb and I am over the moon to have reached my target.

I have a new found passion for cooking and baking, and learned that food optimising is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change that I will embrace and cherish for the rest of my life. I would encourage any person out there looking to lose weight to join your local Slimming World group. You will not regret it.

My group in Watergrasshill has been a huge support to me throughout my journey. A big thank you, too, to our wonderful consultant Annemarie for all her continued support and dedication to her job, that has made my journey so successful. Thanks also to my own family for all their encouragement. I am looking forward to going shopping for my new summer clothes collection for 2020!”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Annemarie is continuing to help and support all Slimming World members from both her Fermoy groups on Thursday and her Watergrasshill Saturday groups.

New and re-joining members are always welcome with virtual groups with Annemarie taking place weekly; Thursday’s at 7pm and 8pm and Saturday at 10am.

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