A walk in the Cairngorm mountains was a turning point for a local woman.
Jen Clark from Bootle undertook the mammoth challenge back in September 2019 and found that it really was a life-changing moment.
Jen said: “I have struggled with my weight all my life and even though I managed to lose weight, I very rarely was able to keep it off as I didn’t know how to maintain it. I was running 5km twice a week but my whole body hated it, everything hurt!
“Getting to the top of the Cairngorms was an achievement but it was an ordeal, I was in agony getting there and knew that I needed to make a change.”
Jen shared with a friend how she was feeling and was encouraged to join her local Slimming World group.
She continued: “As soon as I got home from Scotland, I searched online for my local group and joined straight away. Even though I was nervous about joining a weight loss group, I was quickly inspired by the weight losses of the other members and everyone was so lovely. I left feeling determined and happy I’d taken the step.”
Being able to eat healthy versions of takeaways such as pizza and chips helped Jen to start losing weight steadily and in a way which she knew she would be able to maintain.
Jen added: “I cried with joy at my first week’s weight loss and each week grew in confidence, getting recipe ideas and tips from the other members in group until I hit my target weight during lockdown in April, having lost over 3.5 stone.
“I love how the Slimming World plan has helped me take control of my eating habits and it has taught me ways to eat my favourite foods in a healthy way; I never feel deprived.”
Losing the weight has also had a dramatic impact on Jen’s health and fitness, she is regularly running 10km a couple of times a week and it is no longer painful and exhausting.
Jen concluded: “I’m healthier and lighter and have more energy than ever before. I haven’t let this year stop me and have continued to attend my group all the way through lockdown and beyond, which has meant I’ve been able to maintain my weight comfortably and know that next year, regardless of what is thrown at us, I will be able to maintain my weight with the support of my group.”
Slimming World’s district manager for Merseyside, Sarah Stringfellow, says: “Lockdown or restrictions in tiers doesn’t have to mean abandoning your weight loss. Slimming World groups are up and running all over the UK and Ireland – some in their real-life venues, some with a combination of a weigh-in at a venue, followed by a virtual group, and some temporarily virtual if there is a lockdown in place.
“Whatever the format, Slimming World groups are where the magic happens – and what doesn’t change is our unique combination of friendship, expertise, motivation, inspiration and weight-loss know-how so slimmers can get support to stay on track regardless of what tier we are in.”
Slimming World research shows that more than half of people found it difficult to manage their weight during the first national lockdown, eating more fatty and sugary foods and drinking more alcohol.
Sarah continues: “For many of us, it felt like the pause button was pushed on normal life back in March, but no one has to put their life on hold. Slimming World will always be there for anyone keen to keep moving towards a slimmer, healthier, fitter future – regardless of lockdowns and restrictions!”
For more information about your local group, visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk