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How Her Mother’s Love Inspired Michelle’s Weight Loss
“Mom knows best” – When Michelle’s mom suggested she needed to lose weight, it was exactly the motivation she needed to take control. She’s since lost 51 pounds* with the help of Slimming World.
“It was a moment outside a store dressing room that was my turning point. The size-XL pants I tried on - the largest available in stock - were too tight. My mom, waiting outside the changing room, surprised me with what she said next: ‘Michelle, maybe you need to lose some weight.’
“I’d been overweight since I was a child so I wasn’t expecting my mom’s frank advice. Looking back though, I think I know why Mom chose that moment to say something. She knew there was a deep sadness behind my most recent weight gain. My dad had recently passed away and I was comfort eating to cope.
“Mom's words stayed with me and I resolved to do something about my weight. I didn't know where to start though, that was until my sister-in-law Julie came for a visit from the U.K. Looking fit and slim, she said that she’d joined Slimming World, a leading U.K. weight-loss program that is now available in the U.S., and that the weight had come off without her ever feeling hungry or deprived. That sounded like my kind of program!
Whether I was after a tip on making the perfect spaghetti bolognese, or wanted support ahead of my weigh-in, the Slimming World online community was always there to help.
“I joined Slimming World, signing up online the day after Julie left. I enjoyed spending time on the website, finding recipes and learning about the Food Optimizing eating plan. With Food Optimizing, I can enjoy a range of ‘Free Food’ including pasta, lean protein, fruit and vegetables, without having to count, weigh or measure. I even managed to stick with the plan during a two-week vacation which made me feel amazing.
“Being able to log on to the platform from anywhere in the world 24/7 made such a difference in helping me to stay on track too. Whether I was after a tip on making the perfect spaghetti bolognese, or wanted support ahead of my weigh-in, the Slimming World online community was always there to help. For the first time in my life I was successfully losing weight and keeping it off.
“My husband and kids started paying me compliments, which felt really great. It was a huge confidence boost and encouraged me to keep going. I reached my target weight of 145 pounds on Thanksgiving Day. It was such a wonderful moment because my family were there; to hear them tell me how proud they were meant everything. My son Tim insisted on taking my picture to mark the special moment.
“My mom came to visit a couple of months after, having not seen me for almost a year. I’ll never forget the look on her face when we met at the airport. We came together in a big hug, both of us with tears in our eyes. ‘You look fantastic, and what you have done is unbelievable,’ she told me. I felt fantastic too and I’m so grateful to her for inspiring me to start this amazing journey.”
*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.