We’re back with another Motivation Monday for you! You’re loving our real life stories about normal people, their Slimming World journeys and their amazing weight losses.
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.
Teresa is one of our very hard working Facebook group moderators, and has been a member of the group for a while beforehand.
She’s a 53 year old married mum of three children and, alongside her husband, she runs a family bakery.
Teresa has been a member of Slimming World for a little over a year now, and has been really successful in making huge changes to her life.
We got her to answer a few questions to get a better understanding of her Slimming World journey, and what impact it’s had on her and her family.
When did you decide that enough was enough and you wanted start following Slimming World?
I started my journey just over a year ago when I was desperately unhappy with my weight.
I was ashamed that I had let myself get so big, and I was heading into size 24 clothes.
I didn’t want to go out because I felt that nothing looked nice, and I basically lived in baggy jumpers and trousers.
Did anyone influence you to start following Slimming World?
My daughter suggested that we joined a Slimming World group together.
She wanted to lose a little weight and she became my rock and motivator.
How did your first week go following the plan? Any surprises?
Walking through those doors for the first time at a Slimming World group was the hardest thing I ever did, but also the best thing that has completely changed my life and my relationship with food.
I was surprised at the amount of food that you could eat and also the variety. “Nothing was banned if Slimming World planned” was ringing in my ears.
It all seemed a bit daunting at first, and a lot to take in, but once I got my head around it all, I never looked back!
How much have you lost in total, and how long has this taken?
I have lost almost 6 stones in around 13 months.
What was the reaction from friends and family when they started to notice you losing weight and following Slimming World?
It took a while before anyone noticed, which was a bit disheartening at first, but I was determined to change my life forever.
It was around the 3 stone mark before I dropped a dress size and people started to comment.
That feeling when someone says ‘WOW, you’ve lost weight!’ is the best feeling ever and spurred me on to continue my journey.
What’s the one thing about Slimming World you wish you knew before you started?
Simply the amount of food you can eat! There’s so much choice on Slimming World.
How has joining the Pinch of Nom facebook group and other social medias helped you with your Slimming World journey?
I have to admit that I was a pretty boring cook, in fact I couldn’t really cook at all!
I started to get fed up of eating the same kind of things again and again.
I just googled a recipe idea for chicken and the Pinch of Nom website popped up. I have never looked back!
The recipes here are amazing and the support from the group is second to none.
Its a place where you can feel safe in the knowledge that other members are experiencing the same difficulties and issues as yourself.
They support each other, and pick you up when you’re feeling down.
This is the only group I am in now and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!
Kay and Kate do an amazing job, and its thanks to them that I am now confident in the kitchen to experiment with different things.
Food will never be boring again!
What’s your favourite Pinch of Nom recipe, why do you like it so much?
It’s hard to name just one Pinch Of Nom recipe as they are all brilliant!
All of these are so full of flavour and are enjoyed by the whole family.
What has been your favourite non-scale victory?
My favourite non-scale victory has to be being able to wear my engagement ring again after 10 years of it sitting in its box.
Lastly, what affect has joining Slimming World had on your life?
Joining Slimming World has opened my eyes to a varied and healthy lifestyle that is sustainable, unlike any other diet I have ever followed.
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