Inspirational Harlow slimmer reaches semi-finals of national competition
Health / Sun 11th Feb 2024 at 10:17am
AN inspirational Harlow slimmer who has maintained her 4st 1.5lbs weight loss for 2 years and 7 months has reached the semi-finals of a national competition which celebrates long term weight management.
Emma Benson runs a Slimming World group in Harlow and uses her own experiences to support 90 members in the community each week.
Emma was one of just 21 Slimming World Consultants from across the UK and Ireland to secure a place in the semi-finals of the organisation’s Top Target Consultant 2024 competition, held at its head office in Derbyshire. The competition celebrates Consultants who have shown a commitment to building lasting healthy habits and maintaining their weight loss.
Emma lost weight after finding both her health and confidence were suffering and joined her local Slimming World group in April 2018 weighing 14 stone 11.5lb
She reached her target weight of 10st 10ibs in June 2021 and has maintained it ever since – an incredible two years and 7 months.
She says: “Before joining Slimming World, I spent so much time thinking and worrying about my weight every single day and it stopped me from doing the things I now enjoy, like going to bounce classes and running around with my children.
“For the longest time I thought if I wanted to lose weight, I’d be stuck eating tiny portions and I’d have to restrict myself. I soon realised how wrong I’d been when I joined Slimming World though. Nothing is off limits, I learned how to prepare and cook all my favourite food in a different way. I wasn’t depriving myself, instead I was filling my body with nutritious and healthy foods and now I’ve lost 4st 1.5lbs – all while still eating food I love, like Indian fakeaway recipes. Better still, I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss for the last 2 years and 7 months.
“I remember being so nervous when I walked through the doors of Slimming World for the first time. I also remember how quickly those nerves disappeared. Everyone in the group, including my Consultant, was so welcoming. It was so refreshing being in a space where everyone was on the same journey and cheered each other on – the support I’ve received each week is a big part of what motivated me to reach my weight loss goal – and stay there. I didn’t feel alone and I had ideas and know-how from everyone in the group, to keep me on track and inspired.”
It wasn’t long before Emma started to think about how she could get moving more and Slimming World’s physical activity support programme, Body Magic, helped her build up her activity levels at her own pace. She says: “Now I love going to spin classes. I love that it’s my time for me, it helps me to feel great on the outside and the inside, and it helps me to manage my weight, too.”
After losing 4st 1.5lbs and reaching her target weight, Emma realised she had a passion for helping others and decided to train to become a Slimming World Consultant herself in October 2023. Now she supports slimmers at her group which is held every Monday at Great Parndon Community Centre (GPCA).
She says: “I could never have dreamed I would be in the position I am now. I’m happy, healthy and in a role I’m so passionate about that doesn’t ever feel like work – and I have Slimming World to thank for that. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful Consultant and group members. They were such a key part of my journey, so the opportunity to do something for people in a similar situation just seemed perfect. I love the freedom and flexibility it allows me, and that I can still make it work around my busy life and my family. The training was second to none and I feel so lucky that I’ve been able to pay it forward now with my members – seeing their success is so rewarding.”
Slimming World’s Top Target Consultant competition is open to the organisation’s Consultants who have successfully maintained their weight loss.
Very well done Emma 👏
I hope you & your family feel very proud. You deserve best wishes going forward x
Very well done wife, you done well & now making sure others are getting on board & beginning their journey also. X
Awwwweeesome lady , such a inspiration xx