December 10, 2015

Our recent Slimmer of the Year competition highlighted the successes of some of our members, both in losing weight and in improving their health. While each entrant’s story was individual, there were some common threads that became obvious and may well be helpful to others. We’d like to share these insights.

In no particular order:

  1. Their success was possible only because of the support they received. It’s one thing to be motivated and have a great plan, but motivation wanes and it’s the support, encouragement, and belief from the coaches that makes such a huge difference.
  2. Family and friend support is important. So many entries talked about how their family had adopted some of the habits of the Slimmer, which made it much easier to stick to their program.
  3. Most had tried to lose weight by themselves. Some has no success at all while others lost a bit of weight only to regain it – and more. Perhaps this relates back to point 1?
  4. Many entries talked about how happy they are to now be able to do things they always wanted, but made excuses to avoid doing due to feeling uncomfortable, unfit or embarrassed.
  5. Many said that they surprised themselves with their discipline. They had previously seen themselves as lacking in will power or discipline, but on starting the program the clear guidelines made it easy.
  6. Many have improved sleep as a result of eating better,
  7. Fitness, which for many had been very low, has become a priority that they enjoy. This was perhaps the biggest surprise for some.
  8. Some talked of their physical ailments that caused weight gain and prevented exercise, but that the program allowed them to reduce or eliminate pain, recover from long-standing ailments, and start some gentle exercise.
  9. Some were able to come off medications, with others in negotiation with their doctors about doing the same.
  10. A few talked about how coming in to the centre allowed them the time-out that they needed to devote to themselves, rather than focusing on everyone else’s needs first.
  11. Self-confidence has gone through the roof. At the start of their programs, had you asked any of these entrants if they could envisage entering this competition, the answer would have been No. Losing weight, getting fitter, and feeling positive changes minds.
  12. For many, taking the very first step was the hardest part. Walking into a Healthy Inspirations centre the first time was a little daunting, but overwhelmingly they felt welcomed and comfortable. The comments about the support, encouragement and camaraderie from other members in the centre highlighted the power of women in offering nurture and companionship.
  13. Changing habits in the long term is the key. Sometimes this involved eliminating foods that were doing them no favours. Sometimes it was about adding regular exercise – and enjoying it. Many said that they simply couldn’t see themselves reverting to the old habits that made them overweight and unhealthy. The new lifestyles are here to stay!