Slimming Stories Around The World
Episode 18, Amy’s weight loss journey led her all the way to running her own group as a Slimming World consultant.

Episode 18, Amy’s weight loss journey led her all the way to running her own group as a Slimming World consultant.

March 22, 2020

Episode 18

Amy set her sights on losing 100lb after a relationship breakup and hasn't looked back since. Being able to deal with her food issues with the help of Slimming World allowed Amy to see and feel the impact of how this changed her life and how it was helping others. Inspired by her own slimming journey Amy decided to train as a Slimming World consultant and with that decision, the best was yet to come. Amy decided to join fellow slimmers to embark on the challenge to climb Mount Snowdon giving Amy the chance to meet other slimmers and to feel even more inspired by what is possible when you're in a position to challenge your mindset. Inspiration that Amy has been able to pass onto the Slimming group she now runs. In the past taking steps to track her food intake was not always received well by family members but now with her new slimming family, Amy has found a place to share her highs and lows with people that truly understand the challenges of a slimmer.

 

If you have enjoyed Amy's story you can follower her slimming journey on Instagram @aimsterlouise_sw

Slimming Stories podcast is produced by Claire Oldham - West and you can follow Slimming Stories on Instagram @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

 

Slimming Stories is also a Facebook Group.

 

If you would like to appear as a guest on the show please DM me on Instagram.

Bonus Episode 17 introducing Nicole Rivera and her podcast “Stop Writing Alone”

Bonus Episode 17 introducing Nicole Rivera and her podcast “Stop Writing Alone”

March 18, 2020

Bonus Episode 17 introducing Nicole Rivera and her podcast “Stop Writing Alone”

THE SHOW NOTES FOR Ep 59 

Recently Nicole discovered, to her horror, that the one question Oprah Winfrey claims to be the single most important question for any person to answer in their lifetime -- What do I want? -- was the one question she couldn’t answer. Ever since discovering this, she has worked to find her answers in her creative life as well as her life as a whole. After listening to author and creativity coach, Jessica Abel, discussing the “shoulds” in our lives, Nicole discovered they can lead us all to the answer to our wants which will then help us reach for all our dreams -- especially when it comes to our writing careers.  

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVER AFTER SPRING WRITING RETREAT with Nicole Rivera & Sam Kimberle, follow this link https://mailchi.mp/898c01af51e2/everafter2020 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

 

 

Places to connect to the STOP WRITING ALONE community and introduce yourself:

 

  • The Stop Writing Alone voice number (call to introduce yourself!): (646) 907-9607 

 

 

When you find a group of people who lift you up on a daily basis, it is important to share their awesome. Here are links to the women in Nicole’s Mastermind group (currently going by the name The Voxer Vixens!). Please support these women who do so much to support Nicole on a daily basis!

 

 

Nicole Rivera

writer

podcast host

iTunes: STOP WRITING ALONE! podcast

website:stopwritingalone.com

Facebook: Stop Writing Alone

Episode 16, Ruth Calvert opens up about the bullying she received and the strength she has found in confronting her issues with food.

Episode 16, Ruth Calvert opens up about the bullying she received and the strength she has found in confronting her issues with food.

March 15, 2020

 

Ruth Calvert was a bright and studious child, teen and young woman throughout her years in education within school, college & university. However, unfortunately for Ruth, her wonder years were subject to bullying due to her size. Maybe we can excuse children due to their age and not knowing better or teens as being too preoccupied to understand the hurt the bullying had caused but this continued at university & also into her working life. The frustration of her excess weight led to trying most diets that provided a short term fix. Luckily Ruth found a diet that she was able to stick to with Slimming World and having lost 7 stone 5 lb Ruth is only a stone away from meeting her goal weight. Ruth’s story is refreshingly honest and I know you will be inspired by Ruth’s bravery in facing up to her food issues and quieting down those voices from her past.

You can follow Ruths Slimming Journey on Instagram @ruthlouise_sw

Slimming Stories podcast is produced by Claire Oldham - West and you can follow Slimming Stories on Instagram @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

 

Slimming Stories is also a Facebook Group.

 

If you would like to appear as a guest on the show please DM me on Instagram.

Bonus Episode 15 introducing Kim Flodin and her podcast “How In The Hell Did I Get Here”

Bonus Episode 15 introducing Kim Flodin and her podcast “How In The Hell Did I Get Here”

March 11, 2020

March is the month we celebrate International Women's Day and I wanted to celebrate members of my Master Mind Group who have helped me on my podcast journey. Kim Flodin is an absolute joy and inspires me daily.

Trigger warning this episode contains swear words.

Our Lives Flashed Before Our Eyes During the Avalanche... of Bubbles

 
If you’ve been listening, you know that we are part of a big family… I’m the oldest of 7 in a family of five girls and two boys and our mom was the oldest of eight in a family with 3 brothers and 5 girls and these were the people who taught us that if you weren't laughing at life's craziness, you were doing it wrong.

A big extended family also came with other perks – one was cousins! And, lots of them! Two, we had big family get-togethers filled with lots of laughter, smartassery and shenanigans and three, our summers were filled with staying with our cousins at their various houses or having them come to stay with us! I’d venture a guess that for a lot of us cousins in our large extended family, those family swaps during the summer months hold some of our best and most unforgettable memories. We didn’t go on family vacations, so going to a cousin’s house in the far off land of Wisconsin for a stay was a big deal!

Today’s episode as told by our sister Erin and our cousin Heather is about one of those summer stays with our Aunt Annie, who was, as Heather calls her… “the fancy aunt”. I’m going to take a moment to give Annie a should out and wish her a belated 75th birthday! I saw her not that long ago and she’s still our fancy aunt who still knows how to have a good time!

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-Thanks to our Storytellers: Heather Vaudreiul and Erin Smith
-Thanks The Coloring Book Coach, listen to How to Fall in Love with Yourself Toolkit:http://bit.ly/fallinlovetoolkit 
-Thank you YouTube Free Music Audio Library & Silent Partner for our theme song, 7th Floor Tango and ad music, Blue Skies  http://bit.ly/youtubeHITH

Produced, edited, written and hosted by Kim A. Flodin, with editing help from Kari Flodin.

How in the Hell Did I Get Here description: 
Do you love crazy, true, and oftentimes, hilarious, stories about travel, kids, work, relationships, paranormal encounters, animals, and more? Join host Kim A. Flodin and her four sisters - Kari Flodin, Jenny Gardner, Erin Beach and Skye Dunn, plus occasional fun guests every Thursday as they share their funny How in the HELL Did I Get Here? Stories. 

 

Episode 14, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss and regaining control of his health and his life.

Episode 14, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss and regaining control of his health and his life.

March 8, 2020

At what point do we stop and take a reality check of how our excess weight impacts our health? Gareth knew that he needed to find a solution to his weight issues but was unable to find a diet or eating plan that allowed him to eat normal food that was sustainable. As a result of Gareth’s increasing weight, he found that his health was at risk as he became tired as a result of being unable to have a restful night's sleep. Sleep Apnea was affecting Gareth in a big way leaving him unable to engage fully with his daughter due to tiredness and putting his safety at risk at work as he tried to work through his lack of sleep. Gareth's G.P appointment was the light bulb moment he needed to take action and he found a slimming group that offered support and friendship that would help him to take back control of his health and his life.

 

You can follow Gareth’s slimming journey on Instagram @gazgriffin86

 

Slimming Stories podcast is produced by Claire Oldham - West and you can follow Slimming Stories on Instagram @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

 

Slimming Stories is also a Facebook Group.

 

If you would like to appear as a guest on the show please DM me on Instagram.

 

Episode 13, Claire Oldham - West - part 2. My not so secret slimming diary aged 44 and a quarter, March update.

Episode 13, Claire Oldham - West - part 2. My not so secret slimming diary aged 44 and a quarter, March update.

March 1, 2020

New month new me, does this sound familiar!? Well, I've declared that we choose to decide the start of the new year, time is man-made and if tomorrow is your new year to start getting back on a plan that’s fine with me because I'm doing just that! This is my honesty post as promised stupidly back in January!! Why did I think a podcast Slimming diary was a good idea again!?

I think January momentum had something to do with it!

So this update is long overdue as I rushed to record February's episode of the diary realizing whilst recording that we are in fact in March. Again on the theme of good ideas I gave up added sugar for Lent and decided to give my running career legs again. If you are a fantastic dieter in total control of your eating this may not be the episode for you, If on the other hand like most of the population weight loss is a struggle then join me for relatable banter of the highs and lows of my dieting journey.

Episode 12, Fiona Rowley has a new relationship with food free of guilt and shame conquering obesity and running Marathons.

Episode 12, Fiona Rowley has a new relationship with food free of guilt and shame conquering obesity and running Marathons.

February 23, 2020

Fiona was sick and tired of feeling tired, most evenings after work would result in a nap on arrival home and being tired and lethargic was very much the norm for Fiona. Now imagine a runner, not just any runner. Imagine someone effortlessly running Marathons in a strong fit body reaching for her trainers before heading for the couch, this is now Fiona’s routine. Fiona now faces 2020 not only in a strong body but now equipped with a strong mind has been able to make peace with her relationship with food. There was no wonder drug or high-intensity workout plan with a restrictive diet, luckily Fiona found her sanctuary with Slimming World and achieved a successful weight loss of 5 stone. 

Fiona describes how her life has been transformed with a healthy diet and exercise after years of being overweight and conquering obesity.

Episode 11, Victoria Somers. Weight loss with Weight Watchers how to achieve a happy home & work balance while losing weight.

Episode 11, Victoria Somers. Weight loss with Weight Watchers how to achieve a happy home & work balance while losing weight.

February 9, 2020

Feeling body confident after weight loss is a fantastic feeling, falling pregnant knowing the weight needs to come off again takes determination……..something that Victoria has stacks of! Victoria is a busy working mum of two and explains how she finds time to balance self-care, work, motherhood, and planning meals for the week that she enjoys with her husband and young family! If you can relate to Victoria’s busy life and in need of inspiration to stick to plan this week’s episode will show you that gaining control of your weight is possible no matter what challenges lay ahead. While people in the U.K focused on their health and fitness goals in January Victoria’s home was surrounded by smog living within 2 hours of the fire in Australia and tending to the patients affected by the fire as a nurse in her day job. Victoria has resilience and determination that has helped her to lose 2 stone 11lb after the birth of second child and does not show any signs of stopping or allowing anything to stand in her way.

You can follow Victoria’s weight loss journey on Instagram, her food looks amazing! victoria.on.ww Victoria has also featured in a Weight Watchers book, a true pocket-rocket on inspiration!

 

Episode 10, Tom Fox’s mental health and weight loss battles showing resilience can be found during the darkest of times.

Episode 10, Tom Fox’s mental health and weight loss battles showing resilience can be found during the darkest of times.

January 26, 2020

Today’s episode with Tom Fox shows an ability to rise up even in the darkest times. Having tasted success with a weight loss of 8 stone 5lb Tom knew he wanted to get back on track with his eating habits but under the strain of experiencing mental health issues the ability to do this was extremely difficult indeed. In 2019 Tom had been diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, and Body Dysmorphia Disorder. Difficulties within the workplace and a relationship breakdown had left Tom feeling out of control. So, how did Tom get back up? That is the question! When mental health bangs on your door how can we even begin to think about self-care and weight loss? This episode details the journey Tom was able to take back into healthy eating and back into the driving seat. Currently, Tom has lost over 4 stone and you can follow his weight loss and fitness antics on Instagram. Such a breath of fresh air! @fightfatwithtom.

Episode 9, Claire Oldham - West - part 1. My not so secret slimming diary aged 44 and a quarter, the first weight in after Christmas.

Episode 9, Claire Oldham - West - part 1. My not so secret slimming diary aged 44 and a quarter, the first weight in after Christmas.

January 12, 2020

The first weigh-in after Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! With bloated bellies and a wardrobe full of good intentions, we walk the green mile destination unknown. Does this sound dramatic enough!? In fact, we have all most likely over-indulged over Christmas and would have had to either have lived like a saint or caught the flu to have escaped a gain on the scales. Today's episode is all about honesty facing the new year and looking at our focus and goal setting. I have made the brave decision to document my weight loss for 2020 in part 1 of my “not so secret slimming diary”. In January after we step on the scales our good intentions are set in stone. I’m unsure it's due to the fact that we've eaten our body weight in chocolate that encourages a healthy lifestyle or the realization that living off such a high-calorie intake isn't all what its cracked up to be! I promise to update the podcast with regular updates as I tackle my food baby! There will be moments of temper and calm, wobbles and resistance as I face my weight issues head-on in 2020.