A group of Slimming World consultants is feeling ready to make any (weight-loss) dream come true after meeting soap actor and popstar Jason Donovan.
The team, who run Slimming World groups in South Shields, was delighted met the Australian heartthrob at the annual Slimming World Awards at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. He co-hosted the event with the organisation’s chairwoman and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell.
South Shields woman Glynis Carr said meeting Jason was a wonderful way to round off a fabulous year for Slimming World, as well as a great way to get ready for the next 12 months.
She said: “I couldn’t be prouder of our members. They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2015, with many of them making their weight loss dreams come true by hitting their target weight, improving their health and more.
“It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or being able to do more with their family and friends.
“Every week I feel so lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to represent Slimming World groups in South Shields when we met Jason. Now I feel incredibly motivated and I can’t wait to support more people to lead happier lives in 2016.”
Jason said: “I’ve been in the business for some time now and I like to think that I have improved with age and experience. It certainly sounds like Slimming World’s only going from strength to strength too, and as they enter their 47th year of helping people to lose weight they’re better placed than ever before to help people to lead healthier lives.
“At the awards I met lots of people who’ve lost incredible amounts of weight and it has completely changed their lives – in fact, it’s saved their lives in some cases. And every single one of them told me that they couldn’t have made the changes they have to eat more healthily and become more active without the help and support of their Slimming World group and their Consultant, so the people who run the groups are clearly very important.”
Christine Bateman, from South Tyneside, says 2015 has been a big year for Slimming World, with the organisation welcoming hundreds of thousands of members and launching its first-ever food range, and hopes 2016 will be just as successful.
“Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. I truly believe that joining their local Slimming World group is the best way for people to lose weight and learn new habits. Thanks to our famous Food Optimising eating plan they’ll see big results on the scales without ever having to feel hungry or deprived, and at our groups they’ll discover a whole world of support and advice that’s sure to help them reach their targets.
“What I love is that while our members lose weight, they also grow in confidence and happiness – we joke the only thing that gets bigger at our groups is our smiles! We’ve had a lot of fun together in 2015 and I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for Slimming World. I’d love anyone who’s thinking about losing weight this January to join us.”
Visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk to find your nearest group.
l Also at the awards nigh was consultant Kelly Allen and her member Michelle Quinn, who has lost 13st and reached the final of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2015 competition.
Michelle weighed 25st 3lbs when she joined Kelly’s group.
She said: “Before I lost the weight I hid behind a big bubbly personality.
“I’d pretend it didn’t bother me that I was bigger than most other people, but that was far from the truth.
“I hated shopping for clothes and found just climbing up stairs and doing simple everyday tasks would leave me tired and out of breath.”
Michelle’s weight was also putting a huge strain on her health and she suffered with high blood pressure, chronic back pain and got breathless easily.
She joined Slimming World after being referred by her GP.
Kelly runs Slimming World groups at West Harton Methodist Church every Monday and Chuter Ede, South Shields every Thursday. For more information you can contact her on: 07939946797