We’re back with another Motivation Monday, this time it’s the boy’s turn at it with Jamie’s story.
In these Motivation Monday articles, we’re asking a series of questions to get an idea about how people approach their Slimming World journey, what obstacles they’ve faced, and how this has changed their life for the better.
This week we’re focusing on Jamie, following his amazing Slimming World journey.
Jamie is 26 and has been following the Slimming World plan for just over a year. He’s an active member of our Facebook group and provides lots of support and guidance to lots of other members.
With the help of his friends and family, he has achieved absolutely amazing weight loss goals that he never thought would be possible.
We asked Jamie a few questions to get a better understanding of his Slimming World journey, the challenges this has thrown his way, and the effect that losing such an amazing amount of weight has had on his life.
When did you decide that enough was enough and you wanted start following Slimming World?
I finally had the thought that enough was enough when I could barely walk down to the bottom of the street without getting sweat rashes.
I couldn’t walk very far at all and got out of breath very quickly.
Did anyone influence you to start following Slimming World?
I had a friend called Ryan Olbison who got me to start walking to get out of house.
He helped me change my life. Then two weeks later my friend Jodie Smallman asked me for weeks to go to a Slimming World group and I was scared, but she managed to talk me round to going.
How did your first week go following the plan? Any surprises?
On my first week of Slimming World when I first started, I was shaking because I was that nervous.
I was scared to walk through the door, but everybody was so supportive to me. I have made some amazing friends by joining my Slimming World group, some I class as family.
I manage to lose seventeen and a half pounds in my first week!
How much have you lost in total, and how long has this taken?
I’ve lost 16st 8lbs in a year and four months.
What was the reaction from friends and family when they started to notice you losing weight and following Slimming World?
My family was emotional. My Dad all of his through my life wanted me to lose weight as I got bullied all way through school.
Sadly he passed away I just wish he could see what I achieved now. My Grandma had also wanted to see me get to my target weight, but she also sadly passed away when I had lost about 11 stone.
The people who bullied me at school are shocked by my weight loss, and my friends love the new me the confidence I have since I joined Slimming World!
What’s the one thing about Slimming World you wish you knew before you started?
I really wish I knew how amazing and supportive my Slimming World consultant was going to be, and how everybody at my Slimming World group is also so supportive of my journey.
I would do it over and over again!
How has joining the Pinch of Nom facebook group and other social medias helped you with your Slimming World journey?
The Pinch Of Nom Facebook group has helped me because whenever I was having bad days and feeling rubbish about myself, I would post my before and after picture of myself.
Thousands of people like and comment on my pictures, and the support kept me on track.
I also like to read all the inspiring stories on the group and seeing how far people have got in their Slimming World journey.
What’s your favourite Pinch of Nom recipe, why do you like it so much?
They both taste so good, especially as they’re both so low in Syns!
What has been your favourite non-scale victory?
Before I started my Slimming World journey I was in 6XL clothes.
I’ve now managed to drop to anything in a Medium size!
Lastly, what affect has joining Slimming World had on your life?
Joining Slimming World has had an amazing effect on my life.
I have more confidence, more friends that are like family, and mostly I’m still alive.
I know that if I kept eating rubbish at 32st 8lbs, then imagine if I was still doing it I might not have even been here today!
Need some extra help & motivation on your Slimming World journey?
Come join our Facebook group! We have over 500,000 members, who want to help you! You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun would you?
You might just find the inspiration you need from our awesome members. If you’ve joined already why not invite any friends that may find it helpful?