ON a diet since she was 16. Obese for 20 years. Now she’s lost two stone on Slimpod in only four months. Sally-Anne Griffiths’s story is just the inspiration we need at the moment!
I’ve got a wonderful video interview with her and she’s also written about her weight loss experience to show exactly what’s possible with Slimpod.
Whether you’ve just started Slimpod or been on it for months, I’m sure you’ll be motivated by her achievements.
Remember, Slimpod works on individual minds and everyone’s journey is different. So don’t compare yourself with Sally-Anne.
Just take inspiration. See what’s possible. Give yourself hope. Here’s the video, which you can watch on The Slimpod Channel:
Here’s Sally-Anne’s Slimpod success story:
“I was a slim child and started putting weight on in my teens. My mum always says it was when I started eating what I wanted, rather than what I was given.
“I’ve been on a diet since about the age of 16. I was a greedy eater and a couch potato. I’m not a huge drinker so food was my big issue.
“I’ve tried every type of diet WW, SW, Atkins, meal replacement, calorie controlled, low fat, 5:2, hypnotherapy, cabbage soup, modius, skinny jab and lots, lots more.
“I have never achieved my goal weight or got anywhere near it. I have been classed as obese for at least the last 20 years.
“I would be committed for the first few weeks/months of each programme that I tried. I would work hard to lose the first stone but it would be a yo-yo journey with one step forward, two steps back.
“It was never enjoyable even given the freedom and choice of some plans. After about 5-6 weeks into a programme my willpower would cave and over the coming weeks and months my diet plan would fail.
“The most I’d ever lost was just over two stone. I didn’t even get to goal weight for my wedding.
“When I joined Slimpod I was as big as I’d ever been (a large size 18) and as desperate!
“From day one I found a difference, although at first I was a secret Podder.
“I’d failed so many times before I didn’t want to start shouting about Slimpod until I knew it was working for me and I’d got past the self-sabotage 5-6 weeks stage.
“One of the first habits to break was my daily weighing habit. The scales had held me hostage for years.
“With Slimpod I allowed myself to weigh weekly for the first month and then fortnightly after that. I now only weigh myself once a month and when I get to my goal I’d like to ditch them altogether but I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
Sally-Anne before Slimpod
“I also took my measurements as soon as I started (this is a definite must). Prior to Slimpod when I used to weigh myself, I would often emotionally eat afterwards if I hadn’t lost any/the weight I felt I deserved
“Equally I would emotionally eat if I had lost weight (was that reward or self-sabotage or both?).
“What I have loved about Slimpod is the fact I’m not on a diet and therefore there is no wagon to fall off.
“This has had a huge personal impact on me that I wasn’t consciously aware of before. I can now see that in diet failure mode I would have very negative self-talk.
“I knew that I felt happier in myself when I was losing weight but I didn’t realise that’s because I would be so brutal with myself when I wasn’t.
“Criticising myself as a constant failure is bound to have long-term effect son your self-worth.
“I am so much kinder to myself now. I love myself more, I am happier in my skin.
“I used to hate photos of myself and couldn’t bear looking in the mirror – now I like some of the photos taken and feel proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
“My daily affirmations are: I am worthy, I believe in myself and Today is going to be a Great Day. I use these to override the negative talk at times.
“I have listened to Slimpod every night since starting and religiously document my wins.
“I stopped snacking from day one and found my full signal within the first week. I also eat a lot less – no more the greedy eater.
“I also found my food choices changing. I eat more fish, fruit and vegetables than before and when I’m out socialising I naturally choose healthy meals. It’s like magic!
“This was an issue previously on diet plans as a lunch or dinner would generally take me off track (with my cravings for chips) and my week would be blown. Failed again. Slimpod has put paid to all of that.
“I’ve replaced my cravings for bread, crisps, chocolate and chips to craving food like sweetcorn, fish, fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt. I also eat more balanced meals.
“Having read more into the impact sugar has on your body I have significantly reduced my intake of low fat (high sugar) and artificial sweeteners. I now enjoy butter, full fat milk and full fat Greek yoghurt.
“That isn’t to say that I don’t ever eat chocolate, crisps, cake etc. I do – after all I’m not on a diet. It’s just naturally now more seldom and in much smaller quantities than before.
“I have been on two holidays since joining Slimpod and not gained a pound (normally I’d be looking at 7-10 pounds gain). One of them was a week all-inclusive in beautiful Rhodes.
“I smiled at myself as I would sail past the huge variety of breakfast choices and head happily and wantonly to the fruit, yoghurt and nuts (that was when I fell in love with Greek yoghurt).
“On previous holidays breakfast was always my favourite meal. So much choice, so much variety to eat and I’d have two or three trips up to the buffet counters before leaving the dining room completely stuffed.
“Breakfast still was my favourite meal in Rhodes but for different reasons now. Don’t get me wrong, I had a fabulous indulgent holiday enjoying cocktail a many, the odd pudding here and there and whatever I fancied to eat.
“I just didn’t always revert to the crap food in the first instance.
“I have also found myself naturally falling into intermittent fasting. I do this 5-7 days a week but I’m not fanatical about it. I could never have done this before – I was too greedy to fast.
“The other piece of Slimpod magic for me is exercise. The love of exercise has grown over time.
“Initially I would find myself enjoying the morning dog walks more and walking further than normal. My daily steps went from an average of 6k to meeting my 10k goal each day.
“I also started tap dancing (for the first time in over 30 years) and loved it. However in month four I accepted a challenge from Lynn and it seems to have ignited a love for exercise in me.
“I might only do seven mins or 14 mins a day but my steps are now at least 12k a day and average over 90k a week.
“This does make my inner smile grow by the day. Who is this new person emerging? Or was she there all the time?
“I am so pleased that I followed the advice from the start of the programme and documented my measurements. This has really kept me going since losing the daily weigh habit.
“That and also the clothes that I can now get into, that I haven’t worn for at least three years – or ever.
“I call it ‘the taste of skinny’. It helps to keep me to motivated to reach my goal (and having ditched the daily scales, nothing can sabotage that). Bizarrely, I now fit into clothes that I wore when I was a stone lighter.
“Slimpod doesn’t require willpower (yay) but it does require commitment. I completed the ribbon challenge, a goal map and watched the videos and read the emails that come with the programme.
“But don’t get me wrong, these aren’t onerous, they are all part of supporting your journey to success.
“The Facebook group is also amazing. I remember being in my first week and being inspired by the success stories from those just completing week 12.
“I began to believe this was the programme for me. At week 12 I posted my success on the programme so far and was overwhelmed by the amazing comments from group members.
“I had posted in the hope I might help another newbie believe in the Slimpod magic. I didn’t realise the positive impact the post would have on me.
“So in addition to being more confident, happier in my skin etc the number results for me so far are as follows (I joined on 2 August, 2020):
Weight loss 1.5 stone
BMI reduced from 34.2 to 30.8 (I only have 5 pounds to lose to go from obese to overweight category)
Measurements lost over 60cm
Dropped 2 dress sizes
“This failed dieter has achieved her first goal map. I’ve now reset my goal and I’m aiming to be a size 12 by March (I can’t ever remember being a size 12!)”
Please leave a comment below to let me know how well you’re doing. I love reading them all and other people find them really inspiring.