A slimmer who transformed her life is now using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their health and weight loss dreams too.
Dawn Warren joined her local Slimming World group in Swindon last summer as she struggled to be the hands on nanny she wanted to be to her 6 year old grandson. She was struggling to keep up with him and found herself out of breath and with knee pain which frustrated them both. After seeing a photograph of herself she decided it was time to make a change so she could continue to be an active part of his life.
Having achieved her dream weight Dawn has now trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Over 90 members of the group in Upper Stratton were excited to welcome Dawn as their new Consultant on Tuesday evening as she officially relaunched the group.
Following her opening night Dawn was thrilled, “These amazing members have already lost over 22 stone so far this January and I am so excited to see what we can achieve together moving forward.”
“Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have the weight I have without the weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group. As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their chosen target weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun.
“Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight so many times before by following numerous diets and being gluten-intolerant it was important to be healthy, but they were never sustainable because I’d always get tired of restricting what I ate. I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like potatoes and lean meat and fish, you are never hungry and no foods are banned so there’s no deprivation. I couldn’t believe I’d found a way to lose weight without ever feeling hungry!
“Slimming World isn’t just about changing what you eat. Becoming more active is important too. Our Body Magic programme takes the threat out of activity by showing people, many of whom have unpleasant memories of being forced to take part in activity at school, how they can build activity into their daily routine without having to take up traditional forms of exercise like going to the gym or running. Everything counts from walking to gardening to washing the car. I love that I can now teach my grandson to ride his bike, and I have so much more energy all round.
As a Consultant it’s my role to create that warm, supportive atmosphere to get people sharing their ideas and experiences to help others - it’s going to be great fun!”
Rebecca Martin who runs Slimming World’s Old Town Friday and Saturday morning groups and manages Dawn as a Team Developer, says: “Slimming World Consultants are chosen for their positive outlook and because they genuinely care about the health and happiness of others. With Dawn’s experience of being a successful Slimming World member and her kind and warm personality and great sense of humour I just know that she’ll be an amazing support to members, cheering them all the way to their target weight.”
Dawn’s Slimming World group will be held at Meadowcroft Community Centre, Upper Stratton every Tuesday at 5.30 and 7.30pm. For more information or to join Dawn’s group either pop along or call her on 07795 621274.