Friday 20 April 2018

Emma shed six stone and now wants to help many others

A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 6 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too.

Emma Browne joined her local Slimming World group in O'Raghaillaigh's GFC, Drogheda 15 months ago and has dropped 6 stone in weight since.

Now, she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK's largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at the group are getting ready to welcome Emma as their new Consultant when she takes over the group on Tuesday, 18th April.

She says: 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. After losing 6 stone and completing my training, 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.

"Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you're not alone. I couldn't have lost 6 stone without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant Sharon Matthews and the group. As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That's why, at my Slimming World group, there'll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.

"Like a lot of people, 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. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish, you are never hungry and no foods are banned so there's no deprivation. I couldn't believe I'd found a way to lose weight without starving myself.

"Slimming World isn't just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car. As a Consultant it's my role to create that warm, supportive atmosphere to get people sharing their ideas and experiences to help others - it's going to be great fun!"

Emma says she can't wait for the new challenges running her own business will bring. "For me becoming a self-employed franchisee was a great opportunity. Launching my own Slimming World group is very exciting - I feel like I've got a brand new career and I can't wait for my new groups to run now!

Emma's Slimming World group will be held at The Boyne Rugby Club, Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda every Tuesday at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm from the 18th April. For more information or to join Emma's group either pop along on the 18th April or call her on 086 2853958.

Drogheda Independent