SLIMMING WORLD GROUPS ARE NOW REOPEN
SLIMMERS from all over Louth and Meath are making a comeback as their Slimming World groups are now reopen, back together and safe for everyone. Slimming World team consultant Paula McCarry said she and fellow consultants Elaine Donnelly, Sarah McCallion, Diane Kelly, Lynne McCormack, Melissa Seagrave and Sharon Matthews are all excited to be back helping members to lose weight and improve their health in person.
Slimming World has been supporting members virtually in online weekly groups since March, when lockdown closed all of the organisation’s groups. Now, following the current easing of restrictions our real life groups have re-opened step by step. The Louth / Meath team has put all measures in place to ensure groups fully comply with Government guidance and that their members can return safely to their much-loved Slimming World groups, which started to reopen from the 11th August.
Lynne said “I’m so glad to finally be back together with my members! Our virtual groups have been a vital lifeline of support and I’m so proud of how my members have been there for each other through these difficult months and continued to lose weight and get more active too. There is nothing quite like the magic of our real life groups though and research from our members during lock down has shown that while our members have loved attending their virtual groups, they’ve missed the motivational power and accountability of meeting in person each week”.
Sharon Matthews told us more about the special offers available “To celebrate and to encourage members to commit long term in their health and weight loss goals Slimming world has a free gift for every returning members come back to group (while stocks last). A specifically created Back Together journal, to help each slimmer create their own comeback plan. To learn from lock down, to help them see what healthy habits they have kept up with and which ones they would like some help and support with what habits to leave behind too”.
On top of this Elaine Donnelly explained “We also have our best countdown ever offer. Countdowns are prepaying for a number of weeks head, designed to help us stay committed to our goals longer term. Any slimmer who buys a block of 5 weeks with us will receive an extra week free and a copy of our brand new recipe book - Take 5 Second Helpings to help start their journey in the easiest, tastiest way possible. This is a saving of €16.95 and is available until 10th October. Every recipe within the book contains just 5 ingredients, so they are quick, easy, family friendly and no fuss, perfect for now as our lives are getting busier again after lock down as adjusting can be challenging”.
Sarah McCallion said “that health and safety of our members had been the team’s top priority in planning the return of our groups. Members will find a few things have changed in our groups to ensure everyone feels as safe, confident and comfortable as they possibly can. This includes appropriate social distancing, hygiene measures and shorter session, which we will be asking members to book into before attending. What hasn’t changed is the gorgeous warm welcome, feeling of togetherness and the joy of “being in it together” week on week”.
Paula McCarry added “as well as looking forward to ‘ that feeling’ of being back together with our existing members we can’t wait to welcome new members from around the area. Obesity is a huge issue in the news at the moment with evidence showing that carrying extra weight makes it harder to fight covid-19, and we know many people’s routines were turned upside down by lockdown and lots of us have been feeling more worries or anxious than usual, all of which can have an impact on making healthy choices”. Paula who has lost 8 stone herself, said “I want anyone who’s worrying about their weigh or health - especially of they’ve gained a few extra pounds during lockdown - to know there will be absolutely no judgment in any of our groups - just lots of understanding and a very warm welcome.
Diane Kelly says “at slimming World, losing weight isn’t about going hungry, our eating plan is extra east, very delicious and super generous. And moving more doesn’t mean running marathons, unless you want to of course.Our groups are hubs of recipe swapping,idea sharing, and problem solving activity. Through our weekly sessions you’ll discover how to identify the stopper sand potential pitfalls that could send up off track or that maybe prevented you from reaching your weight-loss goals in the past and learn to develop strategies to over come them”.
Melissa Seagrave added “the new healthy habits you’ll discover will soon become habits of a lifetime, and there really is no better time to start afresh when it comes to developing new lifelong healthy habits around food and activity because, as many of the members of my groups have seen, when you lose weight you’re doing one of the very best things you canto future proof your health”.
Louth / Meath Slimming World groups are now open. For more information, visit www.slimmingworld.ie or contact one of the team. Due to new safety measures all members are asked to book into a group before attending. You can discover what a real-life Slimming World group will look like with all the safety measures in place online at www.slimmingworld.co.uk/ blog/discover-keeping-you-safe/