Customer interview: “I Lost 74lbs & Changed My Life Thanks To The New You Plan!”
For Laura Whitelaw from Holywood Co. Down, she had tried every other diet under the sun, with absolutely no success. After seeing photos of herself, she felt shame that she had let herself get to 15st 7lbs. She decided to give it one final go and thankfully came across The New You Plan. Here, she reveals how she lost a huge 5st 4lbs and 4 dress sizes and that she now has the confidence to get out there and be the person she’s always wanted to be.
Here is her story…
Laura, what do you believe led to your weight gain?
Before starting The New You Plan, I weighed 15st 7lbs and was a dress size 20. I tried nearly every other diet known to man, with no success at all. I started gaining weight during my pregnancy, when I had my son, aged 15. Since then, I’ve yo-yo dieted but I’ve never been able to achieve a big weight loss, or indeed keep off any weight I did lose.
Tell us about when you started the plan
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. Given that I had tried so many other diets, which all claimed to have miraculous results, I thought: “Here we go again”. But when I saw photos of myself, I felt ashamed. Shame at how I had let myself go and let me weight get to the stage it was at. I knew there and then that I needed to do something about it and after seeing a post on Facebook I decided to give it one final go. There was a special offer on at the time so I decided on total food replacement because I really wanted to see good results straight away. On other diets, I can tell you it’s so disheartening working hard all week to see half a pound weight loss, or staying the same. You think: “What’s the point” and you give up before you’ve even started.
I was ready for a big change and fast, so I decided to give TFR my all.
Tell us about your New You journey
I started out with Total Food Replacement (TFR) and I’ve also done Family Focus, and I’m pleased to say I’ve been maintaining since January 2017.
I now weigh 10st 3lbs, meaning I have lost 5st 4lbs and a total of 4 dress sizes, going from a size 20 to a size 12, which is something I could only ever imagine happening before.
Why do you think The New You Plan worked for you?
Firstly, the support is like nothing I’ve experienced before. In both Secret Slimmers and Momentum Maintainers, I was supported from start to finish and never once felt judged on my weight, on failing or anything I had trouble with. The page’s support system is second to none, with plenty of inspiration and motivation on a daily basis. In all honestly, I don’t think I’d be where I am today without it. Without a doubt, I can’t recommend this page highly enough. If you’re starting out and think you can do this alone, you can’t. I would have given up without it.
Secondly, the food is actually delicious! It’s rare that you find a diet that you actually enjoy the food, and look forward to eating it. Straight away I loved all the meals. From the onset, I knew I had made the right decision and that finally, something might actually work.
For me, the Shakes, Strawberry Bar, Crisps and Wafers are TO-DIE-FOR!!
What kept you motivated throughout your time on plan?
Another reason you need to join Secret Slimmers is for the before and after photos. Seeing everyone’s progress really made me see that the plan worked, and made me even more determined to be in a position where I could show off my own transformation. I still play an active role in the group as it continues to keep me on track. When you join, say hi to me and I’ll do my best to help you on your journey!
And I also highly recommend getting stuck in with the challenges. At the end of 2016, I entered them all because I wanted to give myself one last push to clear my weight problems once and for all. Honestly, it was these challenges which made me stay on plan 100%. Plus, the motivation of possibly winning a prize at the end is such a great incentive.
Since reaching your goal, how do you feel now?
I feel absolutely F A N T A S T I C!!! I have tonnes more confidence in myself. Plus, I love the fact that for the first time in ages I can actually go clothes shopping and enjoy it, rather than dreading going into the changing rooms and feeling ashamed that nothing looked the way I wanted it to.
The boost in confidence this plan has given me has totally transformed my life. Everyone talks about this change in mindset, and it actually is real.
I now have the confidence to go to the gym and feel proud, which is something I NEVER would have done before. I also feel free to completely be myself. Yes, sure, I’m still a bit shy but I’m working on it and I know I’ll get there.
But, the BEST FEELING OF ALL is going on holidays and not having to cover up in the sun or hide behind layers and baggy clothing.
What’s the nicest compliment you’ve received since losing weight?
It was when I was standing outside with my husband and a group and lads passed us and said to my husband: “She’s hot”. I hadn’t felt like that in years.
Do you think your relationship with food has changed?
Without a doubt, YES! I absolutely have a better understanding of food, and not only that, but which emotions trigger my comfort food urges. I have learned to control my portion sizes and if I do have a bit of a wobble, I know I can always turn to TFR for a few days to get back on track.
What advice would you give anyone starting their New You journey?
Take small steps everyday and you’ll get there. Remember, it’s not a race, it’s a journey. I reminded myself of this advice and it really helped me.
And for anyone thinking of getting started?
Forget all the other diets out there and just try New You. You’ve got nothing to lose, and believe me, after trying them all, this is the one that actually works. The help and support is incredible and it’s also much more affordable than other plans out there.
So give it your all and you’ll be amazed at your progress.
Love, Laura x
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