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We’re so excited to see many of our Slimming World groups opening their doors to members again. We know that there’s something extra special about being together in a Slimming World group, and we’re over the moon to be able to welcome you back, wherever we can.

We also know that lockdown made it difficult to focus on weight loss – and understandably so. From the practical obstacles like bare supermarket shelves to the emotional strain that we all felt, it’s been an especially challenging time. 

If a fresh start sounds good to you, there’s something about September that always feels like a new beginning – and even more so this year. As the season starts to change, the schools go back and the world starts returning to something that looks a little bit more like normality, we can help you to find a new routine that will get you closer to your weight loss goals.

Many of you will have questions about what ‘the new normal’ looks like at Slimming World, so we thought a sneak peek into our reopened real-life groups would be helpful. Here’s what we found…

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Our Consultants have been working so hard to ensure the safest possible return to group. But while safety is our top priority, there’s always room for a bit of fun in Slimming World groups. Consultant Amy (@sw_amyk_) looks as excited as we feel! She says:

“Back together 🙌💃 I did a practice group set up in the lovely Royal Sovereign Salford function room (our temporary home 🏠) in preparation for getting our group back together on Tuesday 18 August – and I am sooooo excited! We’re welcoming new members too, so please get in touch if you want to find out more 📲☎️ And check out this rather dashing hat that head office have sent hahaha!! (joking, it’s a #socialdistancing floor cone).” 

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Tina (@tina_sw_) has got her hands on the fantastic Back Together – This is Your Time journal, which is FREE to all returning members who either attended a virtual group or paused their membership during lockdown. It’s packed with motivation to help you relaunch your slimming journey. And if you’re a brand-new member, don’t worry – your new-member pack is waiting to get you off to a flying start. Tina says:      

“My first time sitting in a Slimming World group since March. It felt so good to be surrounded by all my virtual group mates. Best of all, I got a maintain at the scales! Onwards and downwards xx”

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There’s been loads of love for the journal in group, and we loved seeing it in action on Nat’s (@slimmingworld_nat_life) post. Here’s how she’s using her journal to get back into a planning groove:

“♥︎ My comeback ♥︎ Friday I sat down and started my 🎈Back Together This is Your Time🎈  I’ve looked at my week, the time I have for making my meals, and what normally happens with my habits. I’ve chosen delicious recipes from the new Take 5, Second Helpings book and meals from the last 3 magazines. I’ve thought about my different Healthy Extra choices, Free Food snacks and where I’ll use Syns. I’ve also planned in my Body Magic because I’m going for my Silver award.

It’s been a long time since I’ve planned every meal for the WHOLE WEEK and it feels good. It also makes me feel excited about all the new recipes I’m going to be making and how good I’m going to feel at the end of the week.

I’m using my journal before I start my group so that, when my members get their copy, I can share my experience. I can’t wait to see them!”

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It definitely seems like planning is key for many of our members. Chelsea (@chelsea_sworld) is well prepared with her journal, the brand-new Take 5, Second Helpings book and a colourful selection of other Slimming World recipe books. We’d love an invite for dinner at Chelsea’s house, that’s for sure! She says:

“Planning is the key 🔑 to success. I’m loving the new Take 5, Second Helpings book 😋

And the amazing Back Together journal from @slimmingworld has really helped me stay at target 🎯 since being back in real-life groups.” 

Find out how to get your hands on a FREE copy of Slimming World’s Take 5, Second Helpings at the bottom of this post!

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However you feel about your weight loss during lockdown, we want to reassure you that you’re guaranteed a supportive welcome at a Slimming World group. There’s absolutely no judgement, whatever the scales say.

Behind the flowery face mask, Jo (@slimmingworld_joraven) had a big smile on her face on her first week back. She says:

“My first ‘in group’ weigh-in since March! I’m definitely not where I’d like to be, but it could have been so much worse! I’m now feeling motivated and ready to get things moving in the right direction.

It felt amazing to be back in a real-life group as a member and I absolutely can’t wait to welcome my own members back on Thursday.”

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There’s nothing more important to us than your safety, and we’ve ensured our groups have everything they need to run as safely as possible. If your chosen group isn’t quite ready to reopen, rest assured that it will continue to run virtually until the time is right. Consultant Debra (@Debra_sw_magor) showcases her simple but effective sanitising station, which was ready for her Magor group reopening on 19th August. She says:

“I’m so excited to see my fabulous members again!” 

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Probably the most fantastic thing for us has been seeing our members and Consultants back together again in person, and the excitement it’s bringing. We love this snap taken by Consultant Matt (@slimmingworldboy) – we don’t need to see the smiles on faces, we can feel the joy in the room! There really is no place like group and it sounds like Matt’s members had a brilliant first week back:

“It feels good to be back in my @slimmingworld groups again! Some great feedback as to the venue set-up, everyone felt safe and loved all the health and safety measures put into place! 

Everyone’s motivated to kick-start a new week!”

Get your FREE copy of Slimming World’s Take 5, Second Helpings and six weeks for the price of five!

If you’re excited to return to your real-life Slimming World group or you’re thinking about joining as a brand-new member now is a great time to commit to your weight loss goals. 

We’re giving both new and existing members a FREE recipe book and a FREE week with our best-ever Countdown offer. Simply commit to a six-week Countdown between 30th August and 10th October, 2020. Find out more here.

Your local Consultant is at the end of the phone to answer any questions and book you on to a session.

MORE ON THE BLOG: Discover the measures we’ve put in place to keep you safe in group.

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