Jacqui hopes to share weight loss success
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