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Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (End of Week 6/Part 1)

We continue following the winners of the Eumom / Motivation Weight Loss Clinic throughout their journey as they approach the end of week 6. With two weeks left in the programe we look forward to seeing the before and after photos.

Susan.

Age: 37. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 7 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.susan_portlaoise

Latest Update: 23/09/2009

Weight loss: 10lbs

“I ate a lot of Carbs which are a killer to my diet but I am now motivated again to get the weight off and not to stay the same or put on weight again. When you feel you have done badly (like i do this week) you come in for your weekly meeting and you feel, ok it’s alright to slip but it’s not ok to feel guilty when you do. So you come out of your weekly meeting motivated again to do much better the next week.”

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ciaraCiara
Age: 36. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 2 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

Latest Update: 24/09/2009

Weight loss: 18lbs

“Even though I had a good weight loss last week, I had set myself a very high goal and when I hadnt hit it I spent days punishing myself.  I learnt over the week that i can do this on my own and I have to listen to my cd to make this week”

What were the difficulties you overcame this week?

I learnt to be more acertive in social situations and to say no”

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Kay

kay

Age: 52. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st. Target weight: 9.7 st.

Latest Update: 24/09/2009

Weight loss: 1st 3lbs

I went to a social event at the weekend and felt very good at how I was able to control what i ate. I didnt feel I had deprived myself and I enjoyed the evening.

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme?

I would say join you will feel so good when the weight starts to fall off and your confidence will be high

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alisonkAlison K

Age: 37. Weight at the start of the programme: 15 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 22/09/2009

Weight loss: 1st 4.5lbs

My baby was sick and I ended up in Temple Street Hospital with her for a day.  I luckily packed my bag with Babybel Lite cheeses and some protein snacks which helped to keep me going and kept any hunger at bay.

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme?

“I’d say go for it.  The best reason for me was to address the reasons why I eat.  Before this I was just dieting and it didn’t work.  I also find I can really relate to the case studies in the book.  The theories and tips from the CD are logical, make sense and motivate me too.”

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TeresaTressa Arklow

Age: 45. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 13 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 25/09/2009

Weight loss: 7lbs
I was very tempted this week and had difficulty overcoming this. However I wasnt’ anywhere near as bad as I would have been before starting the programme and am very happy to have stayed the same. My consultant explained to me about my 1lb loss of fat and im very happy to know im losing inches no matter what the scales says.

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme?

“It takes dedication and hard work but if you stick with it you will see the results.”

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Aisling_navanAishling

Age: 30. Weight at the start of the programme: 19 st. Target weight: 11 st.

Latest Update: 28/09/2009

Weight loss: 14lbs


Aisling is feeling better and can see improvements in her Hair & Nails & Skin. has a goal to exercise 3 time this week for 15-20 mins Aisling has also discovered that she is not using her emotions as an excuse to eat. Aisling is trilled with the change in her habits and attitudes seen in her Mental Weight report

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme?

“The Programme works”

Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (End of Week 6/Part 2)

Audrey.audreyl
Age: 32. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 5 lbs.

Latest Update: 26/09/2009

Weight loss: 10lbs

“A very busy week but I found myself still taking the time to eat properly and regularly whereas before a week like that would have normally thrown me back into bad habits of picking only during the day and then finding myself hungry by the evening – and breaking out into biscuits! My lifestyle habits are definately changing and my attitude to food is becoming much different.

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme ?

“Do it now. Don’t worry about failing. If you end up falling off the programme, you will find yourself getting straight back on, and without the usual guilt that can ruin most eating plans”

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Sinead.
Age: 33. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 09/09/2009

Weight loss: 7lbs

What were the difficulties you overcame this week?

“…to make the time to exercise as very busy in a new job”

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme ?

“…to go for it!”

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patriciaraffertys0Patricia.
Age: 43. Weight at the start of the programme: 12 st 13 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

Latest Update: 19/09/2009

Weight loss: 1st 10lbs

“After not losing any lbs last week (although lost 2lb fat) I put too much emphasis on what I weigh rather than weight distribution.  I had a small bar of chocolate.  Logically I knew that I did well by losing the 2lbs of fat, but I could not get my mind around it being good! But after that I did my four steps and worked through it.  I was going back into old habits by giving myself a reason to feel guilty by not showing any lose on the scales, but that was the old me, I now look past that and it made me more determined to change that old cycle and become the new me. “

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme ?

“I would suggest to somebody thinking of doing the Motivation Programme that you will learn more about yourself and your habits than you ever realised before.  You will learn how you can prolong your life by looking after it properly, you will not feel hungry if you do the plan properly.”

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Lisa.lisa
Age: 35. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 6 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

Latest Update: 21/09/2009

Weight loss: 8lbs

Well I had a very traumatic week, as my adorable childminder had to go home, and it really threw me off course, the loss of her plus the anxiety of trying to settle in a new minder all got the better of me. As a result I slipped back into my old habits of eating and feeling sorry for myself, leading to indulgences. I am so happy though that I went to my weight in today, as although I gained 2lb if I had not gone this week that could easly have been 4lb’s gain and before you know it the 10lb I lost would be back on! I am re-focused now, and realize that I have the tools at my disposal to “get back on the wagon” and get back on track!

What would you suggest to somebody who was thinking about doing the Motivation Weight Management programme ?

“I would highly recommend this program to anyone, the help and support really does make the difference. It’s not about just being on a diet and getting weight each week, it’s a private motivation session to help you realize the protential you have to reach your goal. Its the most positive approach to improving your life, I have ever experienced, especially around the area of weight loss, which can sometimes be quite tedious and uninspiring. I don’t feel this programm is a chore, its a choice to improve my life.

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The Be Thin book has been a great help to me as it showed me that I am not alone in some of the problems that I have with my eating, that there are people in the same mindset as me that have looked at their ‘triggers’ and have learned to deal with them with anything other than food comfort.

Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (End of Week 3/Part 2)

Deirdre.

deirdre g

Age: 37. Weight at the start of the programme: 12 st 9 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 21/08/2009

Weight loss: 2lbs

“Felt much better in myself

On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you with your weight loss?

“5”

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Audrey.audreyl
Age: 32. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 5 lbs.

Latest Update: 05/09/2009

Weight loss: 9lbs

“I learned I can survive a week away and still keep to the programme without going hungry. Babybell cheese and the Protein supplements are a god send to have in my handbag for keeping energy levels up and therefore not ending up hungry by the end of the evening. I have lost 9 lbs now and feel it’s time to hit the gym again. I would like to loose another 4lbs again next week.

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Sinead.
Age: 33. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 21/08/2009

Weight loss: 2lbs

“I slept much better. I felt more energetic and I was up earlier every day.”

What goals have you set for this week?

“To remember my protein every 4 hours and to leave food on the plate.   It has made me more conscious of changing my bad habits and in particular eating more regularly.”

Did you discover anything about yourself with your Mental Weight?

“I left a big jar of mayo (my favourite food) in the fridge untouched – each time i open the fridge and see it I think it’s my choice and leave it there and focus on the benefits of being slim and healthy!”

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patriciaraffertys0Patricia.
Age: 43. Weight at the start of the programme: 12 st 13 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

Latest Update: 05/09/2009

Weight loss:

“Feeling fitter and feeling clothes fitting a lot better, feeling more confident in my ability to achieve my goal weight.  The Be Thin book has been a great help to me as it showed me that I am not alone in some of the problems that I have with my eating, that there are people in the same mindset as me that have looked at their ‘triggers’ and have learned to deal with them with anything other than food comfort.”

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Lisa.lisa
Age: 35. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 6 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

Latest Update: 09/09/2009

Weight loss: 7lbs

The weekly meetings are a great incentive and Trish is so helpful! I have a very scary dinner party coming up on Saturday evening and I love that she was able to help me plan the food for the eveining, and took away the dread I was feeling about it. I am really enjoying the encouragement and support that i am receiving in the program, it is really making me want to succeed even more that I had done on my own

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maryMary.
Age: 61. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 4 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

Latest Update: 10/09/2009

Weight loss: 7lbs

“I’m feeling great and arthritus has improved!”

The Be Thin book has been a great help to me as it showed me that I am not alone in some of the problems that I have with my eating, that there are people in the same mindset as me that have looked at their ‘triggers’ and have learned to deal with them with anything other than food comfort.

Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (End of Week 3/Part 1)

We continue following the winners of the Eumom / Motivation Weight Loss Clinic throughout their journey as they approach the end of week 3.

Susan.

Age: 37. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 7 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.susan_portlaoise

Latest Update: 21/08/2009

Weight loss: 3lbs

I think that the visualisation techniques are definately the way to go for me as they are helping to motivate me as i visualise everyday what i’m wearing, who i’m with and where i am etc. all when i’m at my desired weight.I feel very positive moving forward. I feel very positive as i am on the road to better health and to feeling less tired.

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ciaraCiara
Age: 36. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 2 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

Latest Update: 03/09/2009

Weight loss: 10lbs

The programme is becoming second habit and i am starting to feel the benefits of my weight loss so far

What goals have you set for this week?

to loose 3lbs  and to learn to say no at social gatherings

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Kay

kay

Age: 52. Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st. Target weight: 9.7 st.

Latest Update: 10/09/2009

Weight loss: 14lbs

“Feeling really great having lost the first stone.”

What goals have you set for this week?

To do more exercise in order to loose the next stone.”

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alisonkAlison K

Age: 37. Weight at the start of the programme: 15 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 19/08/2009

“Eating more regularly and not feeling hungry. In Scotland and able to be 100% compliant with plan.”

On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you with your weight loss?

“10”

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TeresaTressa Arklow

Age: 45. Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 13 st 7 lbs.

Latest Update: 21/08/2009

Weight loss: 5lbs of fat
“I felt great and had lots more energy.”

On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you with your weight loss?

“1”

What goals have you set for this week?

“Focus on planning my food so I dont get stressed out about sticking to the portions.”

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Aisling_navanAishling

Age: 30. Weight at the start of the programme: 19 st. Target weight: 11 st.

Latest Update: 01/09/2009

Weight loss: 5lbs


“I have more structure to my day and have regular eating patterns. Instead of rewarding myself with food, I will think of 10 non food rewards and build up my exercise.  The exercise needs to be imroved,
so I would like to build up the exercise levels over the coming weeks.
I am happy with the first week, and I am looking forward to my second week on the programme.”

Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (Week 1/Part 2)

Deirdre.
Age: 37.  Weight at the start of the programme: 12 st 9 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.deirdre g

“The reason I came to Motivation was to get back in shape after having had my baby. Before the birth of my baby boy I really enjoyed daily excercise and being able to buy clothes easily. But following Conor’s arrival and having a full time job, I found it hard to fit in the walks and cooking healthy meals everyday. I felt I needed the help of Motivation to get back in shape as it was getting harder to buy clothes unless I wanted to buy bigger sizes!!! I would lik to have another baby but I would really like to be at my ideal weight and feel better about myself first.”


Paula.
PAULAON1Age: 25.  Weight at the start of the programme: 17 st 9 lbs. Target weight: 16 st.

A young nurse on maternity leave, Paula would like to be a great healthy happy mom. She feels the need to lose weight because of long term health issues.

Now that she is a mom, Paula would like to have life-long health in order to be a positive energetic parent. She has a wardrobe full of clothes that do not fit, and would love to learn how to handle people and food while out socializing.

Audrey.
Age: 32.  Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 5 lbs.

Audrey simply wants to be a healthier Mom. She would love to have more children at some stage, however she feels audreylher body fat is too high at the moment.  She is hoping for a confidence boost, and would like to feel more  in control of her life.

Sinead.
Age: 33.  Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

Sinead has just accepted a full time position with a company in Waterford and is delighted to have this opportunity with Motivation to lose the weight and to regain her confidence.  As Sinead said she is delighted to have “a new start and a new image.”  Sinead is hoping to lose as much weight as possible during the 10 weeks and is planning on hitting the shops on reaching her target to buy a new wardrobe of clothes for her new job!  This is a busy time for Sinead.  In addition to starting a new job, Sinead is bridesmaid for her sister in 4 weeks time.  She lost a 1/2 stone for the wedding on her own but struggled to lose any more.  She is now looking forward to being at least another 1/2 stone lighter for the wedding.  However Sinead is focusing long term on her weight loss as she is sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Patricia.
patriciaraffertys0Age: 43.  Weight at the start of the programme: 12 st 13 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

Patricia would like to feel better about herself.  She hopes that her 10 weeks programme with Motivation will help her improve her lifestyle and also regain control of her eating habits.

Lisa.
Age: 35.  Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 6 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

I had my third child in December, and during the pregnancy piled on the weight, as I was totally coopelisad up during the cold winter and comfort ate my way through the nine months.  I presumed I would get around to losing the weight once Emily was born, however I ended up using the excuse of “Having a Winter Baby” for not exercising or getting out to lose the weight!  In May of this year, I eventually started to get so fed up with the weight gain, that I went out and bought a double buggy for my new baby and my toddler and started walking.  I also joined Weight Watchers.  While I seen some improvement, I was not getting the results I would have hoped for!  On top of the stress of being overweight, and being very unhappy with my size, my partner and I have decided to get married next July, which should be a joyous occasion for us, but I am totally terrified of going to try on wedding dresses, as I am much heavier than I would like to be.  I have promised myself, that I will lose the weight before the end of this year, so I can go dress shopping and enjoy it, and then look back at my wedding photos and smile!  I also want to regain my confidence and enjoy running around after my three gorgeous kids.  I have just returned to work from maternity leave, and none of my old work clothes fit me! So I am determined to get back into shape, and enjoy buying clothes and planning the wedding!

Mary.
Age: 61.  Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st 4 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

maryMary suffers from high blood pressure and hopes the programme will help improve this condition, as well as having a beneficial impact on her overall health.

Motivation Weight Loss Clinic – Winner’s update (Week 1/Part 1)

We start following the winners of the Eumom / Motivation Weight Loss Clinic throughout their journey.  Meet the  lucky ladies!

Susan.

Age: 37.  Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 7 lbs. Target weight: 11 st.

susan_portlaoiseI entered the competition as I am seriously overweight, I would imagine morbidly obese to be honest and I’m so tired of it. I have a little boy of nearly a year and I swore that I was going to lose weight and get healthy for him as well as myself. I am constantly out of breath and tired and I feel drained all the time. I do try and eat healthy and to be honest I don’t really eat that much to be the weight I am. I would some guidance and help as to where I am going wrong. What I hope to achieve from entering is to slim down the healthy was and also to learn why I am overweight, to keep my weight down long term, and what my relationship with food is. I would really like the support and the guidance of the Motivation Weight Team as I feel I have tried to do it on my own in various ways and it has’nt worked. I think that this program would be very good for me as I was astounded when I saw the visual props like the 5lbs of fat and the 1 1/2 stone prop that you put on. I think visual things like that would really help me to put my weight into perspective and also what I need to change it. All in all I really want to acheive weight loss over a period of time and keep it off long term by changing my lifestyle and attitude

Ciara
Age: 36.  Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 2 lbs. Target weight: 10 st.

ciaraThe weight began creeping up after i got married- nights sitting in eating and drinking. Then the combination of juggling work and children meant i took the easy option of convenience foods and treating myself with a glass of wine and a snack once the kids were in bed. Also the fact that i was doing absolutely no exercise didnt help. I want to get my old confidence back and i want to be able to run about with my kids. When i return to work from maternity leave i want to walk back into the building knowing that i look good. Also there are the health risks. My sister has diabetes and my mother was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also- I want to avoid ever going down that route.”

Kay
Age: 52.  Weight at the start of the programme: 13 st. Target weight: 9.7 st.kay

“I have had a problem with my thyroid for awhile and i also eat out of boredom and as a result of my emotions. I eat when im happy and i eat when im sad. I want to lose the weight because i want to improve my health and reduce my risk of diabetes as it is in my family already. I want to look better and most importantly i want to feel better. I hope by losing the weight i will gain confidence and this confidence will lead me to pursue other things in my life i have been holding back on until now. My weaknesses are sweet things and i want to change the way i eat forever.”


Alison K

Age: 37.  Weight at the start of the programme: 15 st 5 lbs. Target weight: 10 st 7 lbs.

alisonkAlison had a baby girl 8 ½ months ago and hasn’t been able to shift the baby weight herself.  Before she got pregnant she was very fit and active and described herself as a “gymaholic” went to the gym 5 times a week!  When she got pregnant she hoped to be able to continue exercising but that didn’t happen.  She suffered badly with tiredness and this led to a lot of comfort eating and because she was frustrated about not having the energy to exercise that became another trigger for her comfort eating.

She’d love to get back to a healthy size 12 in clothes and currently she’s an ‘uncomfortable’ size 16.

Teresa

Age:  45.  Weight at the start of the programme: 16 st 3 lbs. Target weight: 13 st 7 lbs.
Tressa Arklow
Teresa is worried about her health most of all. She would love to be fit and healthy so she can play and interact more with her 3 kids who are 18yrs, 13yrs and 7yrs. She also realises that bad humour and mood swings are what’s affecting her weight and she wants to learn how to seperate food from emotions. She is also self-concious about other peoples perception of her and feels she would have more confidence in herself if she reaches her target weight.

Aishling

Age:  30.  Weight at the start of the programme: 19 st. Target weight: 11 st.

Aisling_navanAishling is tired of following diets.  Nothing has ever worked for her.  She hopes to learn more about healthy eating and to change her bad habits and behaviors. She is fed up of trying every diet under the sun and this is the final straw.  Aisling feels tired all the time and fears that as her baby gets older she won’t have the energy to enjoy every day activities with her child. She wants to get a better understanding about healthy eating not just for herself but for her family too, Aisling feels that like her, her child will have weight problems too if she cannot change her own bad habits now.  She was eating all the time due to boredom and wishes to have a better understanding of how to deal with this.  Aishling wants nothing more than to be a young, fit, healthy mom.

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