By Community Reporter Oliver Wu
A Knowle West resident has successfully shed nearly six stone in 13 months – after joining a local branch of weight loss organisation Slimming World.
And now Kim James a 34-year-old mother of two has become a consultant for the organisation and leads two groups at Filwood Community Centre in Barnstable Road.
Kim says: “I had struggled with my weight since my early teens … What upset me the most was that it was really hard to find things fit when I went out clothes shopping, and I was very conscious about the looks other people gave me.
“Looking at a picture of me and my newborn daughter Gracie, I realised I needed to do something about my size while the girls were still young. I wanted to set a good example of healthy lifestyle for them.”
She decided to do something about it and joined the Slimming World group in Whitchurch just over a year ago. She says with weekly support from the group, her ‘dream came true’ and she can now look forward to her wedding in March 2014.
She says: “I can’t be any happier now! For the first time I am starting to feel comfortable in my own skin. Now I can be more active with my two girls and my dog is also enjoying much longer walks. I’m looking forward to buying my wedding dress as well!
Talking about the secrets of losing weight, Kim advises: “Diet is really important, but don’t cut off food completely. Do it in moderation. I still eat chocolate and stuff but I make sure I leave plenty of room for fruit and vegetables too.
Slimming World classes are held at Filwood Community Centre on Mondays. To find out more call Kim on 07920 023170.
[Edited on 26 Nov] Correction: In the original post we stated that Kim first joined the slimming world in FILWOOD. It was in fact in WHITCHURCH.