The power and support of her social media community helped Slimming World group leader Helen Price to shed the pounds and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Having lost almost six stone, Helen now runs a new Slimming World group in Upper Heyford, which meets every Wednesday. More than 40 people have already signed up to change their eating habits for good.
Helen struggled to lose weight after the birth of her sons in 2010 and 2012. During her third pregnancy in 2016, she developed gestational diabetes.
Although the condition resolved after she gave birth to her daughter it left Helen at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Helen’s weight had left her uncomfortable for years, struggling to get down on the floor to play with her own children and those she cared for as a childminder so the diabetes worry was the final straw.
It gave Helen the motivation she needed and in February 2017, 2 months after the birth of her daughter, she joined Slimming World weighing in at 15 st 12.5 lbs. A warm welcome awaited and Helen was pleased to learn that she could still eat potatoes, pasta and chocolate.
Over the first week Helen enjoyed burger & chips, a full English breakfast and some sweet treats too. Returning to weigh in the following week Helen nervously stepped on the scales and couldn’t believe her eyes… she’d lost 11.5 lbs in 7 days!
Helen said: “I have a big appetite and have struggled with hunger trying other diets in the past. With Slimming World I never felt hungry or deprived. I was eating lots of delicious food all the time and I actually started to really enjoy cooking!”
Helen started posting all her food and weigh in results on her Instagram account and found a huge amount of support via social media. Before long Helen was sharing her weight loss awards and post workout selfies too.
Juggling three children left Helen little time to go to a gym but she chose to squeeze in short home workouts whenever she could spare 20-30 minutes.
She added: “Incorporating Body Magic into my life really helped to boost my weight loss and it left me feeling great about myself too. I’ve never been a gym bunny but I love working out now. YouTube offers so many different types of exercise from the comfort of your home, it was perfect for me”
Helen hit her goal weight of 10 st 7 lbs in May 2019 and claims the weight loss has completely changed her life.
“I feel like a different person now. I am more confident, fitter and so happy. I can run around with my children and my wedding rings fit after gathering dust in my jewellery box for 10 years.”
Helen developed such a passion for the Food Optimising plan she decided to help others on their journey to better health by becoming a Slimming World Consultant. Helen welcomed lots of new members when she opened the doors to her new Slimming World group a couple of weeks ago.
She said: “The key to getting to target is getting started. Join me on Wednesdays at 6pm at the Heyford Park Community Centre, Brice Road, Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5TE.”
Call Helen now for more info – 07920 164278. Instagram @slimmingworldxhelen Facebook www.fb.me/slimmingworldxhelen