Tom takes centre stage!
Meet Tom Jones, who’s turned his life around after losing 5 stone 2½lbs.
“My weight problem began at the age of 11, when I’d go round to my next-door neighbour’s house for late night sausage sandwiches and biscuits. When I was 14 I started helping to care for my sister following an injury that left her in a wheelchair. I turned to food for comfort, but it became like an addiction and I’d hide food wrappers under my bed so that my mum couldn’t see!
“After high school I went to college to study musical theatre where I played the class clown and was known as ‘big Tom with the big personality’. I joined Slimming World in February 2012 on the recommendation of my mum and I’m still amazed by how much I’ve achieved in such a short space of time – supported by my Consultant and all the members at my group.
“When I joined Slimming World I was very nervous that I’d be the youngest person there – and I was – but it didn’t matter because everyone was so friendly. I sat through the New Member Talk and was amazed by the amount of unlimited Free Foods I could enjoy.
In my first week I lost 11lbs and also received a letter saying that I’d been accepted to attend Paul McCartney’s school for performing arts (LIPA) in Liverpool. Fast-forward five weeks and I was a proud member of Club 10, 2 stones lighter and the owner of many Slimmer of the Week awards. I was on a roll!
“As I lost weight my confidence grew and grew. I began sharing my favourite recipes and top tips in Image Therapy. I was cooking food that made me happy like Slimming World’s KFC chicken or home-made burger and chips with salad.
“Before I joined Slimming World I couldn’t even walk up stairs without sweating. Now I take part in sponsored walks and I've got so much energy I can't wait to get out of bed. I hated the idea of going to the gym – and I knew I’d never be motivated to go. That’s not what Body Magic is about. It’s about finding activities that you enjoy and feel comfortable doing – and walking is perfect for me.
"I've finished my first year at university, and am happy to say I'm still at my target weight. As a student it's great I can still party without feeling guilty, I'm always out with friends.
“I used to be scared of social situations, preferring to stay within my close group of friends. Now I walk into a room and I’m confident. Slimming World has changed my life, it gave me a life and it helped save my life, too!”
*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.