Natalie Paton, who runs a Slimming World group in the town, said: “Staying on track with your weight loss can be tricky on special occasions, like Valentine’s Day when you really want to spoil your loved one with their favourite foods.
“However, Valentine’s Day isn’t always about going out to a restaurant (well maybe not this year!) or ordering a takeaway, and losing weight doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate either.
"So whether you are surprising your other half to breakfast in bed, impressing them with a romantic dinner for two, or treating them to a guilt-free dessert, with Slimming World, you can still keep the romance alive and your weight loss journey on track too!”
A couple from Peterhead have done just that – and turned their lives around by losing five stones in weight between them at their local Slimming World group.
Matthew Jones, who has lost 3st 2lbs, said: “I joined Slimming World as I was fed up of being overweight, and have struggled with my weight my whole life. When we first joined Slimming World we couldn’t believe how much food we could eat and still lose weight. Making small changes to the way we cooked our meals meant we could still enjoy all of our favourites, I love when it’s Cheesy Meatballs on the menu!”
Alex Jones, who is 2st 2lbs lighter since joining Slimming World, added: “We are lucky because as well as the support we had from each other, the rest of the group have also been there for us. It is the caring community we both feel a part of, and the joy we get each week losing weight as we make new choices, adopt new habits, create lasting routines and learn from new friends in a powerfully supportive, safe environment.”
Natalie, who lost five stones herself following Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan, said Matthew and Alex were living proof that couples are more successful when they lose weight together and get support and motivation from others.
"Seeing Matthew and Alex’s weight come down week after week has been a joy,” she said. “Both of them are now passionate about cooking from scratch having discovered a new love of healthy, satisfying food that is delicious and can be enjoyed in unlimited amounts. They’re a real inspiration to the rest of the group, including me.”
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