Moira Fitzpatrick on the right of both pictures on her Slimming World journey
In May 2017, Moira Fitzpatrick, a Killeshin NS teacher, who is from The Heath decided to make a change and began a journey, which has seen her completely transform her life.
Moira said that the catalyst for this change was when she saw herself in a photo.
She said, “I was always someone who struggled with weight. I would go on different diets and lose a few stone before slipping back into bad habits and putting it back on again along with some more.
“But I saw myself in a photo and I did not like what I saw, so I decided I really had to try something different.
“I decided to join Slimming World in the Killeshin Hotel and I told myself that if it didn't work, well that was going to be the last thing I’d try.”
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Almost two years ago, Moira joined Slimming World in the Killeshin Hotel and she has gone on to lose an incredible 11 & 1/2 stone since.
“I remember going up to the door and I was absolutely trembling as I didn't know what to expect.
“But what I found was a group of people who were all so kind and driven to help me achieve my goal under the guidance of Ingrid Mason.
“I originally set myself a target of losing 10 stone and I was determined to reach it.”
Moira says that it was all about making a lifestyle change. She cut out all junk and unhealthy foods - and has not eaten any since she started the diet. This is Moira's choice as the Slimming World world plan does allow its members to have a little of what you fancy.
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She said: “Initially it was about making a lifestyle change. I gave up cake, crisps, bread and chocolate and have not eaten any since.
“But I don't feel hungry because of the wide variety of free foods on the plan. I am getting the goodness that I need from what I am now eating like fish, meat, chicken, pasta, rice, fruit, veg and other healthy foods.”
Moira found that she made progress quickly initially and that helped her to push on.
She said, “I had a stone gone after my first weigh in and that really motivated me.
“After I lost five stone I began going on two 45 minute walks per week which helped me reach my goal.”
Moira said she has had incredible support from friends, family and Killeshin Nation School.
Moira's sister Freda Condell told of how proud the whole family are of what Moira has achieved.
“I think this is a good news story locally which everyone can learn from,” she said.
“A lot of people struggle with diets and give up but Moira is an inspiration and proof locally that one change can be life-changing.
“Our whole family are so proud of her and what she has done.”
Moira also told how her weight loss transformation has already had an impact on one person.
“I did my teacher training over ten years ago in Scotland and one of the women who was on the course remains a good friend of mine still.
“Her son saw pictures of me online and how I had lost so much weight. And it inspired him to make a change in his own life.
“His mam showed him my pictures and he has gone on to lose six stone. It really is incredible how seeing other people make a change can help someone else.”
For anyone who is reading Moira's story and wants to make a change, Moira has some simple advice - go for it.
“Set yourself a target and make it an achievable one that you’re comfortable with. And go join a Slimming World group like the one I became part of. No matter how difficult it may seem now, one change could make all the difference. I will be forever grateful for the support I’ve received from my family, partner and my Slimming World group.”
To find out details of a group near you, check out the ad in this week's paper or alternatively log onto www.slimmingworld.ie