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Happier and healthier times ahead for Claudia

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“You’d be so much prettier if only you’d lose weight.” Those were the words a family member said to local woman, Claudia, one Christmas not long after this first picture (right) was taken back in 2009.

Feeling sad, ashamed and disgusted with herself, she embarked upon a crazy fitness and strict diet programme to shift the weight. The regime worked, but was harsh and unsustainable.

During her first pregnancy the weight began to creep back on. Managing to lose some, but not all, Claudia found herself expecting her second child the following year where her weight increased again. Scared that she would regain the 5st that she had lost previously and end up feeling like that sad and lonely girl again, Claudia tried to follow the same fitness and diet programme she had done before, but with a two year old and newborn it was near enough impossible. 

Seeing an advert for Slimming World was the start of a new weight loss journey and she says, “I remember being so nervous on that first Saturday morning heading up to Wesley Methodist Church. I drove past about three times before I finally parked up and slowly walked in. The minute I walked through the door though any nerves I had were washed away by this amazing welcome from Sarah the consultant. She was so happy to see me and made me feel so relaxed. It honestly felt like I’d known her for years. 

“We sat down and she told me all about Slimming World and how much amazing food I could eat with just a few small changes. It all sounded too good to be true to be honest. Sarah told me I could lose weight without having to weigh food out or calorie count. She promised me I would never feel hungry again, and she was right.

“In my first two weeks I had lost 9lbs! It was so easy to follow and by making simple swaps and changes to the way I prepared food, I was still able to have all my favourite family meals. The other great thing about it was that I didn’t have to prepare different meals for the family, as what we were eating were meals they have always loved. I made the most flavoursome curries, shepherd’s pie and roast dinners on a Sunday. I even had the odd glass of red wine!

“I am now 6 months in on my Slimming World journey and 2.5st lighter than I was when I first joined. Slimming World and Sarah have made such an amazing difference to my life and made me feel like me again. That is why I decided to become a Slimming World consultant myself. I want to help people feel as amazing as I do now.”

“Looking back at the sad lonely girl in the photo, I want to help anyone who might be feeling the same to know that you can achieve your dreams.”

Claudia starts as the consultant for the Slimming World group at Wesley Methodist Church on Saturday 16th November at 8.30am and 10.30am and is inviting anyone interested in finding out more to come along and join in the fun and support. Contact Claudia on 07920 402550 if you would like any further information.

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