Prom dress horror led Paige to Slimming World!
While lots of young people gain weight at university, after years of being unhappy with her size, Paige Stoodley is starting her first term lighter than ever – and she's confident that's the way she'll stay.
“I used to worry that people would stare at me or judge me because of my size. I hadn't really even considered going to university before losing weight because the thought of meeting new people terrified me, but now I feel so much more confident – I can't wait.”
I think lots of people my age think that slimming clubs aren't ‘cool’ or are just for older people, but that's absolutely not the case. It's the best thing I've ever done and I'd advise any young people who want to feel better about themselves to join a group now.
“For as long as I remember I've always been bigger than my friends. I was a very emotional eater, I used food as a reward for doing well or as a comforter if I'd had a bad day.”
“At the age of 17 I was almost 17st and I knew something had to change. Shopping for my prom dress was probably one of the worst experiences I've ever had. I was so excited and had all these ideas in my head of how I wanted to look, but the reality was that every dress I liked either didn't fit or looked horrendous. I felt so embarrassed that I ended up just wanting to go home. I did find a dress in the end but I didn't like any of the photos of me in it. It was then my nan suggested I come to Slimming World with her.”
“Being able to eat pasta and potatoes without weighing and measuring them out seemed too good to be true, and I loved being able to have a treat like a bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps when I fancied one as well. It's about learning how to balance your diet, not restricting yourself.”
“What I liked is that the plan put me in control. I was given all the information, support and tools I needed but the choice – about what weight I wanted to be or what I wanted to eat – and the responsibility was mine. It makes me feel so proud of what I've achieved, more so than if I'd have just been doing as I was told or following some strict regime for a short period of time.
“I know I'll have to live on a fairly tight budget at university but I think I've learned a lot about value for money and how to get healthy, tasty food without spending too much – I love big pasta dishes and jacket potatoes. I still manage to eat out with my friends and go on nights out too so I'm not worried about socialising either.”
“I know nursing can be quite physical and you're on your feet a lot so I was worried I wouldn't have been able to cope with that side of things when I was bigger. I'm sure that my weight loss helped me get accepted too. I think I was able to get across my enthusiasm and passion for nursing because I feel better about myself. I feel like I make a better first impression, so I could focus on the interview itself.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*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.