WHEN Josie Griffin’s husband passed away, she decided to do something about her weight. This led her to train for the challenge of a lifetime – training, at the age of 73, for a trek in Costa Rica and Nepal to raise £ 11,000 for Marie Curie in memory of her husband.
Josie, from Allerton, lost three stones to prepare for the fundraising venture. “My husband had heart disease and was diabetic, when he passed away I knew I had to do something about my weight or else I could take the same route as him and I didn’t want my kids to go back”, said Josie said. “So I decided to do something about it, but I wasn’t sure I could do it on my own. I had seen a Slimming World sign outside the local church. I was nervous as I walked through the door but was made to feel very welcome and have made some lovely friends ever since. I had tried to lose weight countless times, but nothing seemed to stick, especially with online diets, as I never had the support I have in my group.
Josie added, “Slimming World was completely different from anything I had tried before. I had always tried to cook well with my husband’s condition, but when I started the Food Optimization Plan I realized I could do so much more; it changed the way I shop, cook and eat.
As her weight decreased, Josie began to slowly increase her activity level and then challenged herself to raise money for Marie Curie in memory of her husband. She started out by walking around the village, adding more steps every day until she was ready to start training for the charity hikes. “You don’t have to be a professional athlete to get active – you just have to make a commitment to move more, it all matters,” said Josie. “A lot of people make the mistake of signing up for a gym, overdoing it the first week, and quickly giving up, thinking ‘exercise isn’t for me.’ Finding an enjoyable, long-lasting way to incorporate active habits into your routine is essential – the most important thing is to make it a regular habit, as natural in your day as brushing your teeth.
Siobhan Bower, Slimming World Consultant from West Bradford, said: “Studies show that embarking on a weight loss journey alongside other slimming people is more successful than going it alone; share ups and downs, tips and tricks, and have cheerleaders by your side. And people who are supported to lose weight in a group increase their mental toughness, develop more control, overcome challenges, and gain confidence. Josie is a shining example of all of this.
“In addition to setting an overall weight loss goal, my members set a mini goal every week. Whether it’s losing weight, getting more active, planning ahead, or trying something new, making a commitment to a goal helps them get more done. We are so lucky to have Josie in our group, she is such an inspiration.
* To find out more about local Slimming World bands call Siobhan on 07977 592211 or visit slimmingworld.co.uk