It was getting ready for a cousin’s wedding that was the final wake up call for Lisburn woman Jennie Kelly, who lost an amazing three stone when she joined Slimming World last July.
The 41-year-old mother of three was so miserable at her cousins wedding last July that she wanted to leave early and just go home.
She already had to wear a bigger size dress and spent the whole day worrying about breaking one of the chairs she was sitting on.
“All my life I had been a size 12 up until my first pregnancy 14 years ago and increasingly gained weight until I was a size 16 and had no control over my weight anymore,” she said.
“I tried all types of diet, but when I didn’t see quick results, I would just give up, and ended up heavier than when I started.
“My turning point was when my cousin got married and the dress I had brought was too tight. I ended up having to borrow a bigger one.
“At the wedding I became paranoid that my weight was too much for the dainty crystal chairs we were sitting on and that I would break it.
I felt miserable and just wanted to go home.”
She joined a local class with Miriam Azghoud, less than a week after the wedding and in less than seven months she reached her target weight.
The dental nurse: “At first I was worried that joining Slimming World would mean I had to cook one meal for myself and a separate meal for the rest of the family, so I was over the moon when I realised I could still cook all of our family favourites - like spaghetti bolognaise and roast dinners - with just a few simple swaps to make them healthier.
“I used to feel like I was watching my family from the side lines because I was too self-conscious about my size to take the kids to the park. Since losing weight though I’ve got bags more energy - I’m the first onto the swings these days.”
Jennie followed Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which enables slimmers to lose weight without ever going hungry by filling up on healthy foods like fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, fish, and fat-free dairy products.
“I was over the moon when I got to my dream weight,” she said. “I couldn’t believe in only 7 short months I was three stone lighter. I have never felt better, instead of getting back to a size 12 which was my original aim, I am now a 8/10. “
Miriam is running a new class on Friday mornings at 9.30am at Trinity Methodist Church. For more information ring Miriam on 07887380707.
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