Losing 5st 12½lbs with Slimming World has given Peter Anslow from Burnley a new lease of life. Peter’s swapped oversized clothes for a fitted suit and can’t wait to walk his daughter down the aisle. Read his story here…
“I’d been overweight for as long as I can remember and my health suffered for it. I had trouble breathing, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I ended up leaving my job as a sales executive for BT. I tried the Atkins diet with little success – I missed carbs like bread, pasta and potatoes.
“Day to day life was hard and I struggled to get in and out of my car. I was bursting out of XXXL T-shirts and had a 48inch waist. The final straw came when my daughter, Kerry admitted that she was really worried about my health; she had a baby on the way and couldn’t bare to think of her child growing up without a granddad!
“Kerry had joined Slimming World to lose weight for her wedding and had lost just over 2 stones before she fell pregnant. She raved about the flexibility of the Extra Easy plan and convinced me to go along to group with her. I must admit, I was sceptical but I thought I might as well give it a go.
My Consultant, Caroline was very welcoming and sat me down with other new members and explained Food Optimising and the three healthy eating plans – Extra Easy, Green and Original. I couldn’t believe how much freedom there was and I didn’t have to buy any unfamiliar food.
“Image Therapy, the part of group where you receive lots of support and ideas from everyone, was great and really spurred on my weight loss. I went home that evening with a head full of ideas and couldn’t wait to get started.
“I used to think that losing weight meant starving and eating nothing but salad but this isn’t the case with Food Optimising. Just making simple changes to the way I cook foods made all the difference! Instead of a bacon and egg buttie on white bread, I enjoy a full English breakfast piled high with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans with a slice of wholemeal toast – delicious!
“I lost 4½lbs in my first week and I’d enjoyed delicious foods like fish pies and roast dinners, plus I’d been to my favourite Italian restaurant and tucked into spaghetti Bolognese. Food Optimising was like no diet I’d ever tried before – no measuring, no counting calories and no fuss.
“Before I joined Slimming World I’d occasionally walk the dog – and that was if he was lucky! Now, I’m a member of the gym – I love running on the treadmill and can lift weights with ease. I’ve lost 12inches off my waist and my wife says I’ve never looked so good.
“Family life is just fantastic and I celebrated hitting target by going on an all-inclusive Caribbean cruise. Slimming World has given me the tools to eat healthily for life and I came back from holiday without gaining a pound. My doctor’s delighted with my health and my blood sugar levels have dropped from 7.8 to a healthy 5.4.
“Last October, Kerry gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I’m looking forward to family outings and days at the seaside. Kerry gets married soon and I can’t wait to walk her down the aisle. Losing weight together has brought us so much closer. I’ll be so proud of her and I’m sure she’ll be proud of me too!”