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"Slimming World gave me back my spark"*
Losing an incredible 43½lbs* in her weight loss transformation helped Genevieve Smith rediscover health and happiness after losing her brother.
"My 27-year-old brother had just become a dad when, in 2008, he was the victim of knife crime and killed. It happened only a few days before my daughter Jasmine’s first birthday and christening. Up until then, I’d been steadily losing the baby weight and was almost back in my pre-pregnancy clothes.
"Elliot’s sudden death changed everything. It was the lowest period of my life. Until then I’d been going to the gym, but now I had no interest in being active. Night after night, I’d sit and comfort eat. I’d go for whatever had the most calories: cake washed down with a bottle of wine, potato chips, French fries and takeout. I couldn’t be bothered to cook.
"This unhealthy lifestyle continued for more than a year until my brother’s court case was heard and I found a level of closure; there was nothing more we could do and it was time for me to refocus my life and pick myself up again.
"We booked a vacation and it was then I realized I was heavier than when I’d been pregnant. When I saw the photos of myself on the beach I was horrified. I hated the way I looked and lived in baggy clothes to hide my weight.
I knew a friend had lost 70lbs with Slimming World, so after the vacation I decided to join too. I started the plan, gave it 100 percent and lost 3lbs in my first week.
"Simple changes made such a huge difference. My dad’s Jamaican so I’ve always loved jerk chicken, rice and peas, and by changing the way they were prepared and cooking them without oil, I was still able to enjoy it. I could enjoy my favorite pasta, fish and steak recipes, too.
"Using my Syns for chocolate or a glass of wine meant I was back in control of my eating—something I’d have paid thousands of dollars to achieve before! When I got my 10lb award I was thrilled. Sometimes people would tell me, 'You can’t eat that, you’re on a diet!' To which I’d reply, 'Actually, it’s a healthy eating plan—and just watch me'.
"As the weeks passed by it felt like a little part of me was coming back. Through the trauma of the past two years, I’d lost touch with who I was. I’d lost my brother, who I was really close to, and it had felt as though someone had taken part of me away with him. My new lifestyle was helping me to feel more like myself again.
"I’m full of energy, always running around or chasing Jasmine in the park. Five years ago I’d never have imagined my life as it is now and it’s strange to think that everything that’s happened has led me here. Since my Slimming World weight loss transformation, I feel like me again. It’s given me back my spark."
*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.