Diana has struggled with her weight most of her adult life and suffering from severe depression and other associated health problems. She has tried all sorts of potions, pills and diets to no avail. She would start off full of enthusiasm but that was soon replaced by not sticking to the diet, feeling hungry, followed by further weight gain and an even stronger feeling of isolation.
Then one day at the end of January her sister told her about a new healthy eating plan that some of her work colleagues has started on and that they were successfully losing weight and that she was going to give it a try. So Diana said, ‘Sure I’ll go along for the craic’. Little did Diana know that this one decision was going to change her life. Diana wanted to be healthier, she wanted to be able to enjoy going out with her husband to support their daughter, a keen horse-rider at various events without being an embarrassment to them or saying ‘Sure you go on ahead’ and then would stay at home feeling really low and isolated from family life.
So on February 7 2012, Diana went along with her sister to join her local Slimming World Group in Longford. Within seconds of arriving a lovely, bubbly, attractive lady introduced herself as Siobhan, the Sliming World consultant for Longford.
The room was buzzing with people of all ages, shapes and sizes. There were whoops of delight and big smiles as people stepped off the weighing scales laughing and hugging each other. Then Siobhan went through the Slimming World food plan. Diana remembers looking at Siobhan and thinking “Are you for real?” as Siobhan told them of how much unlimited “free food” they could eat, like potatoes, rice, pasta, lean cuts of meat, fish fruit and veg and there was no weighing.
In fact, Diana remembers Siobhan’s catch phrase “Fill your boots with as much free food as you want”. Along with all this food there was controlled portions of cereals, bread, cheese and milk and as if that wasn’t enough Diana could also treat her to a bag of crisps or bar of chocolate each day if she wanted to. Then came the part Diana was dreading, getting on the scales but straight away Siobhan said “Wave goodbye to that because you’re never going to see it again”.
At first, it has to be said Diana was very sceptical and didn’t believe it would be possible to eat us much unlimited “free food” and lose weight too. The following week and the moment of truth, a somewhat anxious Diana got on the scales to discover she had lost 7.5lbs and after pulling herself together, picking up her jaw from the floor she knew for the first time in years that things were going to change.
Oh and how true, to date Diana has lost over 4.5 stone. People tell her how bubbly, radiant and how well she is looking, even at her local chemist, the pharmacist asked her name and came back out when she realised who it was to tell her that she hardly recognised her! Not only that, Diana now attends all her daughter Maria’s shows and events with her husband Sean.
Diana was so thrilled and excited with what she had achieved, that she knew she wanted to help and support other people struggling with weight problems, the same way she had been supported by Siobhan and her fellow Slimming World group members and so trained as a Slimming World Consultant and on January 2nd 2013, at 7.30pm at Newcastle House, Ballymahon, she started her own group.
Diana is still on her weight loss journey, so whether you are male or female, a teenager, young or mature adult come along to the Newcastle House next Wednesday and join Diana, together we can make it.
Contact Diana on
086-1205754 (Ballymahon, Consultant) - you won’t regret it.