Slimming World – Being a Loser makes Jane a Winner!
Jane Knights Slimming World Story
Being the best at losing wouldn’t normally help you to scoop an award – yet one woman from Mayland has done just that after being named the town’s ‘Greatest Loser’ 2018.
That’s because Jane Knights has lost a life-changing 5st to take the title, which is awarded to the member of the Slimming World group who has lost the most weight, and feels fabulous as a result.
Jane, who’s gone from size 22 to 12, says: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being Maylands biggest loser when it feels this good! I feel like a new woman since losing weight – in fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person. For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the greatest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.”
The proud 47 year-old joined the Mayland group, in November 2016. Jane says: “My weight impacted on so many aspects of my life, from struggling to find clothes that I like to fit to not being able to do simple everyday tasks without feeling tired and out of breath. Before I lost the weight I hated having my photo taken and whenever I saw pictures of myself I knew that my smile wasn’t real – yet now I’m beaming!”
Jane’s weight was also putting a huge strain on her health and confidence. People who are severely overweight, with a BMI* above 30, are more likely to suffer from health problems like coronary heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer, and obesity is linked to a reduction in life expectancy of between seven and nine years. In the Maldon area 70 per cent of people are so severely overweight that their health is already at risk.
After a leaflet through her door and an advert in the Maylands Mayl Magazine Jane decided to join her local Slimming World group. She says: “Walking through those doors was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I was embarrassed about my size and scared that I might be the biggest person there. I needn’t have worried though, everyone there was so friendly especially my Consultant and I was so relieved when I found out that my weight was confidential – I’d had visions of having to tell everyone how much I weighed!
“Since then I’ve made so many friends at the group and I honestly don’t think I could have done it without their support each week. They helped me with recipes and tips and if I was ever struggling they were always there to remind me why I’d wanted to lose weight in the first place and how far I’d come since first stepping through the doors.”
Jane followed the club’s Food Optimising eating plan and swapped Fast Food for Devilled Cottage Pie and Homemade Burger & Chips. She says: “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad or obsessively counting every calorie you eat, it’s not like that at all with Slimming World. I love food and I’ve never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’ – in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry.
“I still enjoy all my favourite meals like burgers and chips and roast dinners but I’ve learned how to make small changes like using lean meat or cooking with low calorie spray instead of oil or butter. It fits in really well with the rest of my family and we can all eat the same meals. I know that I haven’t ‘gone on a diet’, this is a change that I’ve made for life and now I have the tools I need to keep it up forever.”
Today Jane’s lost a total of 5st 2lb and gone from 22 to 12. She’s also more active but one of the best thing about losing weight for Jane is she can now steal her daughter’s clothes.
Each of Slimming World’s 18,000 groups in the UK and Ireland has their own Greatest Loser 2018 and winners will go forward to the national competition. Jane is now waiting to find out if she is in the running for the £3,000 cash prize. She says: “After becoming Maylands Biggest Loser, I would love to win but I didn’t lose weight to win a competition, I wanted to feel healthier and better about myself and I’ve definitely done that. I feel great and that’s priceless.”