Mary had been thinking of joining Slimming World for well over a year, passing her local venue every week but not having the courage to go in.
After seeing her friend Joan lose 2½ stone, and Joan’s daughter lose 7 stone, really spurred her on to join.
The minute Mary walked into the Carraroe Slimming World group in January 2015, the big warm smile from the lovely consultant Tracy put her at ease immediately.
“Why hadn’t I done this sooner?” she thought, and she has never, ever looked back.
That first night, being January, there were lots of new members. The existing members were so welcoming and reassuring them all that they had done the right thing.
As Tracy explained, the Slimming World plan Mary thought “This can’t be right, there’s no way you can eat so much food and still lose weight”.
“Chicken curry, burgers & chips, spaghetti bolognese, stews, chilli con carne, all the lovely comfort foods. We could even still have a takeaway, either by cooking it at home, or by making more informed choices when ordering in.
“This meant Mary and her whole family could still enjoy their favourite meals. This didn’t sound like a diet at all!”
Mary has since gone on to lose 7 stone, she now feels so much better; in fact, she says she feels 20 years younger. She is sleeping better, she has more energy, she can run up the stairs at work without getting out of breath.
The family went on their dream holiday to Florida in July and Mary was so thrilled that she could go on all the theme park rides, and that she had no problem getting the safety harnesses to close.
In fact, she was in the front row of all the highest, fastest adrenalin-thrill rides!
“Now I have so much more self-confidence than I ever had. People who haven’t seen me in a while are blown away by the transformation and often do a double-take when they meet me.
“I have always been someone who likes to help people. I feel that Slimming World works for me because I felt cared-for by someone who is passionate about wanting to help me.
“I have never been put under pressure, it was okay to have a bad week, to have a weight gain.
“I was never humiliated, and this has been very important to me. I want to bring that same care and passion to the members in my groups in Boyle and Manorhamilton.
“Having been through my own journey means I know exactly what the members are going through. I am really looking forward to helping them and sharing in their success.”
Mary opens her Manorhamilton group on Wednesdays at 6pm and she can be contacted on 087-2376348.
Other groups available in the area:
The Mayflower, Drumshanbo on Mondays at 7pm. Call Melanie on 087 2390065.
The Community Centre, Ballinamore on Tuesdays at 7pm. Call Ciara on 087 7685093.
Canon Donohoe Memorial Centre, Mohill on Thursdays at 7pm. Call Ciara on 087 7685093087 7685093.