Jac­qui hopes to share weight loss suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Jonathan Ged­des

A King’s Park woman is hop­ing her weight loss ex­pe­ri­ences will help Fern­hill lo­cals shed the pounds.

Check­out man­ager Jac­qui Quinn, 57, joined her lo­cal Slim­ming World group in King’s Park four years ago and dropped from a dress size 16 to a slim size 10.

Now she is head­ing up a new group in Fern­hill.

She said: “Obe­sity is be­com­ing such a huge is­sue across the UK.

“When I first joined Slim­ming World as a mem­ber I never dreamed that I would end up help­ing other peo­ple to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started.

“It’s a priv­i­lege for me to be able to pass on the ex­pe­ri­ence, in­sight and un­der­stand­ing that helped me so that I can give my mem­bers the sup­port they need to get to tar­get.

“Like a lot of slim­mers, I had tried to lose weight so many times be­fore by fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous di­ets but they were never sus­tain­able be­cause I’d al­ways get tired of restrict­ing what I ate.

“I thought I was des­tined to strug­gle with my weight for the rest of my life but when I came to Slim­ming World it was dif­fer­ent be­cause I never felt like I was on a diet.”

Jac­qui feels she has ben­e­fited most from learn­ing to cook health­ier meals for her­self and that she has be­come a lot more con­fi­dent as a re­sult.

“Work­ing in a busy su­per­mar­ket,” she said, “I was sur­rounded by food all day and, with hec­tic shift pat­terns and car­ing for my fam­ily, I of­ten ended up eat­ing re­ally un­healthily, choos­ing quick­fix, fatty snacks and mi­crowave meals.

“At Slim­ming World I learned that I was in con­trol of the choices I made and learned how to make quick and easy meals which were so much bet­ter for me.

“My favourite meal for the whole fam­ily is my fa­mous chili, which ev­ery­one loves.

“I don’t have to feel guilty if I want a sec­ond help­ing ei­ther, as it is all free.

“I used to come home from a busy shift on my feet all day in agony but, now I have lost weight, walk­ing is one of my new hob­bies.

“Weight loss has com­pletely changed my life be­cause I’m hap­pier and more con­fi­dent too.

“As a slim­mer my­self I know how hard it can be and I couldn’t have lost al­most three stone with­out my con­sul­tant and my group.

“Shar­ing recipes and other ideas and over­com­ing dis­ap­point­ments as well as cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess was all part of the jour­ney so there’ll be lots of sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and fun at my group.”

Jac­qui’s Slim­ming World group will be held at Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 12 Auchen­larie Drive, Fern­hill, ev­ery Tues­day at 7.30pm.

Big change Jac­qui to­day and (inset) be­fore her wieght loss

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