Slimming Stories Around The World
Episode 89 - part 1, Hayley Grocock gives an  insight into how running helped to manage her mental health and weight loss.

Episode 89 - part 1, Hayley Grocock gives an  insight into how running helped to manage her mental health and weight loss.

August 2, 2021

Podcast Episode re-run.

This week Hayley Grocock shares a refreshingly honest slimming story covering her issues with her own mental health having been diagnosed with anxiety and depression 20 years ago. 

Hayley is a very busy lady and the lockdown has found her working from home in her role as a CEO of a charity while managing homeschooling with her 6-year-old son.

Hayley definitely doesn't hold back in this episode and even discusses the “mummy wine” culture that she once felt was justified after finishing a hard day's work to help with relaxation.

Hayley is also my first guest to discuss medical intervention to aid weight loss after undergoing a gastric bypass in 2008, this is something I knew very little about and this interview was certainly a learning experience for me.

Doctors had always recommended exercise to Hayley to help with depression and at 19 stone Hayley couldn't think of anything worse than reaching for her trainers. Having now completed the London Marathon Hayley wished she had started running years ago, it seems that the medical professionals had hit the nail on the head and now Hayley would not be without her running shoes.

This is part 1 of Hayley's slimming story…….to be continued shortly.

 

If you have enjoyed listening to Hayley's story you can follow Hayley on Instagram @hayleyrunlikely

 

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Episode 88, Hypnotherapy can change your confidence and allow you to live life on your terms as it did for me. My Journey from doormat to public speaker.

Episode 88, Hypnotherapy can change your confidence and allow you to live life on your terms as it did for me. My Journey from doormat to public speaker.

July 25, 2021

 

This episode has been on my mind since I first published the podcast in 2019.

To share or not to share a little of what brought me to face my fears of showing up in the world of podcasting.

This will give you an insight into why I am able to podcast and why fear doesn't hold me back.

In my old life as I now refer to it my sense of self-worth had been put to the test and while my friends and family had begged me to make better choices I just felt trapped.

The fear was real and I was up to my neck and sinking fast.

This episode dusts over some of the challenges that I experienced and my journey to a restored sense of self with improved confidence with the help of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy has been a passion of mine for years and having taken the plunge to add this to my therapy toolkit along with counseling and psychotherapy I wanted to share my journey with you.

Hypnotherapy can complement any weight loss and fitness plan and I'm sending you a free relax and restore hypnotherapy download to help you to relax and boost your self-esteem.

 

 

 

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Feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

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Episode 87 Jade Wilkinson an insight into a weight loss and fitness journey that motivated her out of bed and into a new life with a newfound mental resilience.

Episode 87 Jade Wilkinson an insight into a weight loss and fitness journey that motivated her out of bed and into a new life with a newfound mental resilience.

July 18, 2021

 

Jade talks openly about how being overweight and living in a U.K size 22 dress size affected her physically and mentally. Having adopted a routine of work and returning back to bed during the day resulted in low mood and depression and how this has now changed beyond belief.

Most people reading this having a human experience will have had those days where they simply want to rest and do little in terms of getting up and about out of the house. For Jade, this was more than an occasional feeling of lack of energy when she found herself returning back to bed during the daytime with food as part of her daily routine.

Fast forward to today and the contrast is astoundingly different, Jade who once chose to take a taxi for short journeys now sets her intention to get out of bed in the morning an hour earlier to start the day with a morning walk. Achieving a daily step total of 20k is something that Jade will often achieve as she has experienced newfound energy after losing 7 stone following the Slimming World plan.

Jade makes it clear in this episode that she is only human and still has days when she feels low but that the frequency of this is so much less and Jade explains what she describes as the “push through”, those times that she really doesn't want to leave the house but takes the first step to setting her daily intention resulting in exercise and an altered state of mind.

Now Jade has both a great relationship with food and along with her constant support of a loving partner and family Jade feels happier and healthier with so much more energy that her family can't always keep up with! 

 

This is a beautifully inspiring transformation story of how in 11 months Jade was able to lose 7 stone and regain control over food.

 

You can find Jade on Instagram @slimming_world_wilko

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Episode 86, David Kelly shares his 6 stone weight loss and how morning runs have provided a sanctuary of peace while dealing with grief.

Episode 86, David Kelly shares his 6 stone weight loss and how morning runs have provided a sanctuary of peace while dealing with grief.

July 11, 2021

 

David, like many of the podcast guests, felt like a bigger child at school and actually approached his mum for diet advice. It's not often that a 14-year-old child will take action to change their weight but that's exactly what  David did. David recalls how he didn't look as big as he had felt as a child. With intentions to reduce weight David followed a diet of cottage cheese, not his favourite food!

 

Another attempt at weight loss led David to follow the Atkins diet and he achieved success but found this way of eating too restrictive. There are many reasons why healthy eating plans and diets are hard to maintain and when David became the carer for his wife when she was diagnosed with cancer along with working from home and looking after his son food was not his number one priority.

 

This episode is a brave account of a real slimming journey and after losing his wife to Cancer David’s focus was to manage life while facing his own grief and being there for his son. 

 

When receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure meant that  the operation that David needed was refused this became David's motivation to change.

 

David has changed his health outlook with the help of Slimming World and found peace with a newfound love of running which was certainly a surprise to David. Couch to 5k was next on the agenda and at 19 stone this didn't deter David, the determination to improve his fitness willed him along the path of change.

 

This episode pulls no punches, if you have a million and one reasons why the week ahead is too busy to commit to your health just listen to what is possible even during difficult times. 

 

You can follow Davids weight loss journey over on Instagram @nornironman

 

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Episode 85, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss with Slimming World and regaining control of his health and his life.

Episode 85, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss with Slimming World and regaining control of his health and his life.

July 4, 2021

 

This is a rerun of Gareth's Slimming Story from episode 14, if you're in need of some motivation for the week ahead look no further!

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

Episode 84, part 2 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

Episode 84, part 2 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

June 28, 2021

 

Introducing Hannah to the second part of her slimming story bringing more inspiration for your week ahead.

Hannah has already created a bucket list to include trips to theme parks, something that Hannah struggled with when she was at her largest size. For 10 years Hannah talks about how she missed out on the rides after being unable to fit in a carriage. That is all now in the past and having enjoyed Disneyland Paris with her daughter Hannah is able to fit in the seats without any problems whatsoever!

Hannah gives an insight into the reality of what a dramatic weight loss can look like and discusses the very important topic of loose skin. While loose skin is something Hannah has accepted there are plans for Hannah to have surgery to remove this due to the health complications this can bring. Luckily Hannah's online supporters have helped to raise funds through a just giving page and a consultation with a surgeon is one step closer.

If you would like to help Hannah with her dream of skin removal surgery you can click on the link below to submit your donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/wqw7q6-raising-money-for-a-tummy-tuck

You can continue to follow Hannahs weight loss journey on Instagram  @thefunnymummydoesslimmingworld 

 

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Episode 83, part 1 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

Episode 83, part 1 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

June 20, 2021

 

Having lost 13 stone Hannah has transformed her health and fitness beyond measure. On Instagram Hannah describes herself as the "funny mummy" - and having previously worked as an entertainment rep for 4 years I can 100 percent agree that Hannah has the ability to connect with people and bring on the laughter.

In this episode Hannah explains how the key to weight loss and fitness success is that something has to click, Hannah believes there has to be a moment that allows you to stop in your tracks for change to begin.

That click moment came for Hannah while celebrating her 30th Birthday party listening to her friends announce “life begins at 30!” Hannah is very honest about how she had felt during that time and how her mental health had deteriorated to a dark place of self-reflection. Hannah recalls how at the party she questioned what would happen if she continued not to take her doctor's advice and lose weight, Hannah realised she wanted to be healthy for her daughter and this led Hannah to take action.

You will hear how Hannah chose to blind weigh fearing the number on the scales and how she has found a warm welcome and new friends within the Slimming World community.

Part two will follow next week! Enjoy.

You can continue to follow Hannahs weight loss journey on Instagram  @thefunnymummydoesslimmingworld 

 

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Episode 82, Why the most challenging times can bring the best life lessons and wake you from your slumber.

Episode 82, Why the most challenging times can bring the best life lessons and wake you from your slumber.

June 13, 2021

 

I could have gone radio silent.

I could have opted out on social media.

This week's episode is a time to touch base amidst the chaos and share my learnings with you.

This episode isn't perfect.

It's the least edited podcast episode to date.

Showing up for yourself in difficult times and not being swept away into a self pity party does not come easy but sometimes change is challenging.

I hope this episode will help anyone who needs to keep moving forward despite having a testing week or finding themself in challenging times.

Claire x

Episode 81, Ross Smith received unfiltered straight talk that inspired him into taking action resulting in an 11 stone weight loss.

Episode 81, Ross Smith received unfiltered straight talk that inspired him into taking action resulting in an 11 stone weight loss.

June 6, 2021

 

For many men feeling uncomfortable in an overweight body with a surplus weight of 11 stone, the furthest thing from their minds would have been to reach for a mankini and strut their stuff!. It certainly takes an astonishing amount of self-worth and confidence to embrace such a look! However, Ross Smith had learned from a young age to get the jokes in before others had the chance, and finding a way to manage uncomfortable moments around negative talk about his weight was definitely a lot easier with the joy of good friendly banter and laughter.

Ross Smith was happy go lucky and although overweight he was content. Having a great family and circle of friends really had served Ross well. On a meeting with the mum of an old school friend Ross was dealt a loving slice of straight talk “Ross, you're a heart attack waiting to happen '' ... the wise words from Ethlene!

Ethlene the mum of an old school friend had welcomed Ross into their home as a young lad and it had been two years since Ethlene had seen Ross and her words came from a place of love and concern.

No doubt you can all relate to a moment in time just before change took place, the way you felt and the situation you had found yourself in alongside the people you shared that moment with.

Ross explains in this episode how after his marriage breakdown he found himself questioning his health and self-worth and knew exactly where those thoughts would lead if he didn't take action. Ethlene offered to take Ross... or rather told Ross that he was joining Slimming World and the rest is history!

If you're in need of inspiration and your fitness has been neglected Ross will also talk you through how swimming gave Ross the fitness incentive to start the couch to 5k that led to running a 10k. Ross has now found his niche with a love of walking.

You can follow Ross on Instagram @swrosssmith

Soon Ross will be climbing Mount Snowdon and raising money for a children's cancer charity. If you would like to support Ross on his journey you can donate by clicking on the link below.

http://bit.ly/RossSmithFundraising

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Episode 80, Amy Louise shares how Slimming World has transformed her weight & fitness outlook inspiring others & raising funds for charity.

Episode 80, Amy Louise shares how Slimming World has transformed her weight & fitness outlook inspiring others & raising funds for charity.

May 30, 2021

 

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

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 follow her slimming journey on Instagram @aimsterlouise_sw 

If you would like to donate to Amy's Mount Snowdon charity walk, please click on Amy’s just giving page below.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AimsterDoesSnowdon2021

 

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Clubhouse Group - Stop Dreaming Alone:

For anyone new to Clubhouse this is a new social media platform that you will need to apply to join or receive an invite to, it's a little inclusive at the moment but definitely worth your while. Stop Dreaming Alone is where I show up with my fellow entrepreneur friends to talk through the steps of starting out and taking action on business ideas so that you can put into place a plan to leave your day job and do the thing that lights you up!

https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/stop-dreaming

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