Lost: 3 stone 7 pounds**
“I came home from Australia in 2001 after a year of partying and I was the heaviest I had ever been. I joined Weight Watchers but I never committed to it, I’d always just get weighed and leave before the meeting started. I managed to lose a stone but it eventually all went back on. After I got married, I found my weight going back up again, so I decided there’d be no messing, and in November 2005 I joined Weight Watchers, with the intention that this was it.
I took a completely different approach the second time around; I stayed for every meeting, I tracked properly, I learned, I cooked, but most of all I stopped fooling myself. My shape changed, my body changed and I began to have so much more energy. I realised that I had been eating the wrong kind of food, and I became very interested in learning and analysing what was in everything I ate. So when my leader, Marie Quinn, suggested that I become a leader, I immediately knew that it was my calling.
In 2006 I started working as a leader, and I absolutely love my job. What I give to my members is not sympathy but empathy; purely because I have travelled the road they’re on and I know exactly how it feels. Seeing their reactions when they make progress is amazing, it reminds me of when I did it myself, so I know how good they’re feeling. It’s such a joy that I don’t even call it a job, it’s just what I do with my life.”
Siobhan’s Tips for Success
- It all starts with the shopping trolley – if you buy good quality, healthy food that’s what you’ll eat, the same goes for junk, so you need to make the right decisions in the supermarket.
- Plan ahead. Cook more portions in one go so you can freeze meals. I always have a bowl of fresh, washed salad in the fridge and vegetables in the freezer. Make it easy for yourself!
- Drink plenty of water.
- If you have a bad day, go to bed and forget about it, it happens, move on. Wake up the next day and get right back on track.
Siobhán is a mother of five year old twins and like all busy mothers, she found it tough to establish a routine in those early days, but she says she managed by listening to the advice of others.
“When I went to give birth, lots of the nurses in the hospital were members of mine. They told me that they had been listening to my advice, and now it was time for me to listen to them! They said, eat when you can and always eat healthily. So that’s what I did, I never ate junk, only quality food. The other trick is to plan ahead, because you generally don’t make good decisions when you’re sleep deprived.
At home now, we all eat from the same pot, I don’t make different meals for different people; everyone has the same. So it’s all good, healthy, nutritious food and then we have our treats at the weekend.”