Confident Carly - I can do anything now!
27-year-old Carly Davies from Liverpool joined Slimming World after pressures in her previous job led her to seek comfort in food. It’s taken her just 8 months to reach her target with a loss of 1st 13lbs thanks to Slimming World. She’s now known as ‘the weight loss guru’ by her new colleagues and has inspired them all to join.
“I’ve always had a sweet tooth. I worked in a convenience shop in my teens where I’d tuck into chocolate and sweets! My family joked that when they took me out for a meal, I would eye up the dessert menu before my main course had even arrived!
“At university I loved going out with the girls but I didn’t feel very confident due to my weight issues. One night I even drank a whole pint of Bailey’s for Dutch courage. I bought diet magazines by the armful. I’d try out all the latest quick-fix diets and then just pile the weight back on. I met my boyfriend, Tom in a nightclub 4 years ago and, always being the sort to put myself down, fretted over why such a fit person like him wanted to go out with me!
“We both moved to Liverpool and I started a job working with vulnerable young adults which meant handling some very tough situations. You know you’re stressed when you start raiding the fridge at work for treacle tarts and custard. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and never wanted to go out and socialise; so we’d spend nights in on the sofa with take-aways, bottles of wine and bucket loads of my favourite ice-cream - my weight crept up.
“I decided to resign from my job and secretly joined my local Slimming World group to help me with my weight. My Consultant was lovely and told me all about the Extra Easy eating plan. I didn’t tell anyone I’d joined at first; I didn’t want to look silly if I didn’t succeed. I even managed three meals out with friends in my first week, without anyone noticing I was slimming.
I loved the fact that I didn’t have to make huge changes to see results. Tom and I love Slimming World curries, chicken kebabs and chilli, and I make a great Quorn paella.
"It’s amazing how quickly my tastes have changed. I still enjoy chocolate, but I no longer need my daily fix. I now love jogging and dream of running the London marathon one day. My skin is glowing and you can even see my cheekbones!
“On a recent shopping trip, I had to ask the shop assistants to bring me size 10 trousers to try on because the 12s were too big - I was so proud! I went straight home for an online spending spree and bought three gorgeous dresses.
“My newfound confidence had given me the push to get back into work. I used to keep Slimming World a secret, now I shout it from the rooftops – four of my friends have also decided to join and I’m even thinking about becoming a Consultant. There’s no going back – gone are the days of putting myself down, I feel I can do anything now!”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.