A group of South Shields slimmers are embarking on a mission to shed the pounds before Christmas.
Members of the Slimming World group at Harton & Westoe Miners’ Welfare are taking on a 12-week challenge to slim down in time for the festive period.
Their seasonal slim is part of a campaign running across all 13,000 Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland, called Love: A Slimming World Christmas.
It aims to help the club’s 800,000 members enjoy their healthiest Christmas ever.
To mark the start of the campaign, the Harton & Westoe group threw the town’s first Christmas party of 2015 complete with decorations and delicious party food.
Claire Ball, who runs the group, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year with so much to celebrate, but if you’re feeling unhappy with your weight it can also be a very difficult time – there’s the fear of feeling uncomfortable in every party outfit and the worry that you might go off track completely and end up reaching January heavier than you were before.
“The run-up to Christmas is extremely busy for most of us, it can play havoc with our regular routines and there are lots of extra occasions like Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas dos that can make it harder than usual to stick with making healthy choices to manage our weight. Keeping active when the dark, cold nights close in can be a challenge too, but by sharing ideas and keeping each other motivated members stay on track to reach their goals.”
She added: “So the aim of Love: A Slimming World Christmas is to show everyone that it’s possible to stay focused and slim down with Slimming World whatever the time of year.
“And, without giving up everything you love and making great choices, you could easily be a stone – or even two – lighter by January.
“Each week in our group we’ll share recipes, advice and ideas for coping with potential challenges, from Christmas parties to shopping trips, and help one another to rediscover the magic of Christmas while still achieving our dreams – after all, achieving your own personal weight-loss target could be the best present you give yourself this Christmas.”
Anyone who signs up to 12 weeks of Slimming World before October 31 will get a free copy of Slimming World’s brand new Christmas recipe book, worth £4.95.
Claire’s group is held every Thursday at 9.30am and 11.30am at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields.
New members can go along or call Claire on 07903 612121 for more information.