Hayley tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Hayley and I’ve been a Slimming World Consultant in both the UK and Ireland for 8 years now helping many people change their relationship with food, create a healthier lifestyle, embrace movement and activity and lose weight to achieve their goal and Target Weight.
But before anything else, I’m a member. I think this is what makes me a good consultant because I “get it”. I’ve been there. The highs and the lows. I’ve lost 7 stone with Slimming World since I was introduced to the plan.
Where did your weight loss journey start and why?
I joined a group in the UK just after having my 1st daughter with a wedding approaching in 6 months time. I lost a whopping 3 stone in that time, but then continued to lose weight after my wedding to get to my happy healthy place. I went from a size 18/20 to size 10 and it was done through education of food, how to shop and cook differently and the huge support I got from groups and my consultant.
I’ve had 2 more children since then and it’s fantastic because the Slimming World plan also supports pregnant women too. I was able to continue with Food Optimising during pregnancy.
I make comforting Spaghetti Bolognaise and pasta dishes for us all. Creamy Curry’s and Chinese dishes for me and my husband. Bbqs and buffets done the Slimming World way. And when we want a Burger Night or Pizza Night, we can do that! Slimming World has taught me how to make savvy swaps and healthy changes so that I can still lose weight without having to count calories or sip shakes! I love it!
Many people say to me “how do you stay motivated” or “how do I get started” and I have 5 top tips to get started:
Whether it’s 7lbs, 7 stone like me or 13 stone like some members I’ve had the pleasure of supporting we all have the same feelings and struggles.
2) Make it sustainable- don’t do what someone else is doing. Do what works for you, what fits within your life, and eat what you like. The plan is adaptable for all…. vegan, vegetarian, diabetic, gluten-free. It covers all.
3) Make small swaps- they make a huge difference.
4) Don’t put a time limit on it- although it’s great to have a goal, sometimes that added pressure of achieving a certain weight loss or goal by a certain date or month can actually sabotage your weight loss. Just enjoy the ride and embrace the new lifestyle. It will happen quicker that way.
5) Enjoy the Ride – there’s nothing more depressing than saying no to everything in life. It’s about balance and if you are too rigid and restrictive about food and drink choices you will inevitably throw the towel in and give up. That’s the vicious cycle of losing weight. Guilt and restriction is so destructive.
Do you have to be disciplined to follow slimming world?
So if you have a communion, a meal out, a birthday…..make an adult decision and decide what it is you would really like to eat and drink and have it. Then, the next meal or day…… you can continue those Slimming World habits. In fact…… you will find as you lose weight your choices around food and drink change and actually you will want to make better choices. We even help members with making those better choices when in the group. Ideas about what to choose off the menu.