Pauline’s a diamond after staying slim for nine years

Pauline’s a diamond after staying slim for nine years Pauline Buck, 66, from Cambridgeshire lost 5st 4lbs* in 1997. Unfortunately life got in the way and she regained the weight when she stopped attending her Slimming World group. Six years later, Pauline bravely walked back through the doors of her Slimming World group and hasn’t looked back since. 

“I’d been overweight since I was a teenager and spent 20 years feeling as though I was constantly on a diet – especially after having my two daughters. I never seemed to lose much weight though; I was just hungry and miserable. When I saw that photograph of me at the wedding I knew things had to change, and that I needed help to make that change.

"I joined my local Slimming World group and went on to reach my target weight after losing 5st 4lbs. I even appeared as a success story in Slimming World magazine in 1999. However, that wasn’t the end of my journey! 

“My big mistake was that I stopped going to the group once I’d reached my target weight. I thought I’d done all of the hard work and didn’t need the help anymore. Sadly, I steadily regained all of the weight I’d lost and it wasn’t until my daughter told me that she needed a kidney transplant that I had a wake-up call. I knew I needed to be fit and healthy again so that I could be there for her. It was hard to walk through the Slimming World doors for the second time. In fact, it was probably even harder the second time around because I felt as though I’d failed. I should have known better though because I was welcomed back with open arms and I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

One of the unique things about Slimming World is the compassion that everyone has. My Consultant Ursula helped me to appreciate that feeling ashamed and beating myself up for regaining the weight just wasn’t going to help. I realised that I was being incredibly hard on myself, and I’d never have acted that way towards another person. I had to learn to treat myself with kindness, too.

“Of course I knew all about Food Optimising from the last time I lost weight – although I still found it hard to believe that you could eat to satisfy your appetite and have your treats and still lose weight! It seemed too good to be true – but I knew it worked because I’d already done it once! One of the best things about the plan is that it isn’t ‘diet food’ and the whole family can enjoy the same healthy, hearty meals. My husband Jonathan does most of the cooking, so he’s been very supportive and makes sure we enjoy delicious Slimming World meals together.

“My group is like a family to me and I go every week, even though I’ve been at target for nine years now! I love that as a target member I can help others who want to lose weight. Many of them have only ever known me slim, which is a bit of a strange feeling! We share hints, tips and recipes and share in all of each other’s highs and lows, which is just what you need to stay on track.

I’m also a lot more active than I ever was and have taken up Pilates, Zumba and Nordic walking. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without exercise now; it’s such a big part of my life.

“When I was a size 22 I had to have many of my clothes altered because I needed the width, but I was so petite that everything was too long. Now I can go into any shop I like and wear clothes I never would have dared to wear when I was younger. I’m funky and fit at 66 and I absolutely love it!

Pauline’s Consultant, Ursula van Leeuwen-Hill, couldn’t be prouder of her Diamond Member. 

“Pauline came to group well over ten years ago and is one of those amazing people who cracked on quietly and kept quiet about her very personal reasons for joining. When she first reached target she stayed for a while but drifted off thinking she was ‘fixed’. This incredible lady, having regained her weight, then humbly came back to group and restarted her journey. This time though, target was going to be forever.

“Pauline is gracious beyond words… joining firstly, not for herself, but to be able to support her daughter. This decision has given Pauline a new life which she now shares joyfully with her family. She looks great, is fabulously fit and our group is her second home. We just love her!”

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