Drogheda Independent - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.slim­ming­ 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.slim­ming­ blog/dis­cover-keep­ing-you-safe/

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