Maria Reveals How She Lost 6 Stone 4lbs & Won £1000!
Maria lost 6 stone and 4 lbs and won first place in our spring/summer Transformation Challenge. She was completely stunned when she found out! But entering the challenge was never about winning for Maria, she wanted to let others know that if she can lose weight then anyone can! So here’s what she told us in her interview, we hope you find her journey inspiring!
New You: Hi Maria, congratulations on winning first place in New You’s Transformation Challenge! To begin with, can you tell us how much you’ve lost on Plan and how long it took you?
Maria: I started the Plan on the 2nd week in February and since then I have lost 6 stone and 4lbs.
New You: That’s fantastic! How does winning the challenge make you feel? And did you think you’d ever win?
Maria: I was quite nervous about entering. I had the challenge poster in my car and asked my partner if he’d take a before photo of me. My thoughts were that I could see how far I’d gotten in a few months and then enter. He took the photos and then I didn’t really think much about the challenge after that. When I came back from holiday, I realised that the deadline was looming so I took a few ‘after’ pictures and sent them in to give it a try.
Entering the challenge wasn’t about the prize or winning. It was more to show others what can be achieved on the Plan. When you contacted me about winning, I thought I was in trouble for posting in the group too much! I was completely stunned and surprised!
New You: We’re always happy when people post on the Secret Slimmers community. There’s no such thing as posting too much! So, how much did you lose within the challenge period?
Maria: I lost the majority of my weight during the challenge between March and August.
Before New You
New You: Let’s take you back; how did you discover the New You Plan?
Maria: I was just scrolling through Facebook and it popped up! I had a read and I loved the fact it had such a variety of products. They had all the nutritional values displayed clearly and the success stories from other customers were impressive. I just thought I had to give it a try.
New You: Most people find us through Facebook. Can you describe how you felt before starting the Plan and lost 6 stone?
Maria: I felt very unhealthy. It happened to be Christmas time and I wasn’t in the best frame of mind to start the Plan. Then there was a tragedy locally and it had quite a bad effect on a lot of us. We went to the area it happened in to pay our respects and it made me very out of breath. It was at that point that I realised that I needed to do something to better myself. That was the turning point for me.
New You: Do you have any favourite New You meals or snacks?
Maria: I love all of the pasta meals. The 4 cheese, broccoli, oh, and cottage pie as well. I love all of the soups, they are very filling and full of flavour. Asparagus has to be my favourite!
I keep stocked up with the vanilla wafers, but I don’t have a snack every day. Usually I wait until the weekend because it feels like a treat. I also love the pineapple boosts, they are very refreshing and they really do give you an energy boost.
Life Changing Results
New You: It’s coming up to the right time of year for soups! Many people tell us that the Plan has changed their life – has it changed yours?
Maria: When I first started the Plan, I have to admit that I was skeptical about if it would work. But when I saw the weight coming off, it really helped me. I felt less bloated, I wanted to go out and have fun, and felt generally more enthusiastic about life. I now love dressing up instead of covering up. My outlook on life is now a much happier one. Now I feel how I always wanted to feel and have had a massive confidence boost.
My daughter had given me outfits that would have never fitted me before but I was able to wear them on holiday. Plus I didn’t mind getting photos taken as the new me either, I was thrilled!
New You: It is amazing what just a little bit of self-confidence can do for you. In addition to loving life, have you noticed any improvements in your physical health having lost 6 stone?
Maria: For a start, my knees and back are not sore anymore! I don’t get out of breath, I’m not bloated anymore and I have so much more energy. I just feel amazing!
New You: We love that for you! The people around you must have noticed your weight loss, so what’s the nicest compliment that you’ve received since losing weight?
Maria: We had a family bereavement and there were quite a lot of people who I hadn’t seen in months or years, and there were quite a lot of people who had seen my previous success story and complimented me on that, and my loss. There was also a lady who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks and when she saw me, she couldn’t believe the difference either, so that was nice that people are noticing.
New You: And finally, what advice would you give to someone thinking of starting the Plan?
Maria: For people on Plan, stick with it! Try and exercise when you can as it really helps. Keep track of your losses and reward yourself. For example, if you lose 10 lbs treat yourself to some perfume. Remember, it’s not about the time frame, so just set yourself small goals and stick with them. Keep yourself busy and plan your day because it really does help.
For anyone thinking of starting, just do it! Yes, the first week is the hardest, but after that, it gets so much easier. The meals are simple to make and you just need to remember you are doing it for yourself and no one else.
Maria’s had a fantastic journey and we’re glad that we could be a part of it. We agree about celebrating those little milestones by treating yourself to something non-food related. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated! Losing 6 stone 4lbs is a fantastic achievement and we hope to catch up with Maria in the future.
Maria was inspired by the results of others on the Plan and now her own story has been shared in the hopes it will do the same.
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