I feel confident in my dresses again
Viola player Jacoba Gale, 56, from Blandford Forum, Dorset, has lost a fabulous 3st 1lb* after joining her local Slimming World group. She’s now the star of the show in her elegant evening dresses!
‘As a viola player in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, I was used to sitting on stage in front of an audience. Recently, though, I’d been feeling less comfortable in my evening dresses, and my everyday outfit choices were becoming more and more limited.
‘I’d started gaining weight after having hormone replacement therapy – and with a demanding job that involved long hours, and lots of travelling and meals out, I’d often found it hard to eat healthily. Then I’d had two operations on my foot in the space of six months, which forced me to be very inactive. My weight increased even more and I felt utterly miserable.
‘Years before, I’d injured my left thumb and the old injury had now become very arthritic. I had to have major surgery and was told I wouldn’t be able to work for six months. In extreme pain, with my career in music at risk and my weight at the highest it had ever been, I hit an all-time low.
I’d heard about Slimming World on Referral and, after seeing my doctor and being offered 12 weeks’ free membership to my local Slimming World group, I decided to join. I was determined to do something positive with my time away from work.
‘At first, I wasn’t sure if the group atmosphere would be for me. Then I met my Consultant, Tracey. She was supportive and encouraging from the word go, and with a great sense of humour. I quickly realised that this was not a scary place.
‘My husband, Chris, had always been a keen cook. Since retiring from the orchestra, he’d been doing most of the cooking and he threw himself into the challenge of making Food Optimising meals. As well as taking pride in adapting his own dishes, he served up delicious Slimming World recipes, such as sausage cassoulet or bouillabaisse. He even mastered making roast potatoes using low-calorie cooking spray.
‘I made a full recovery from the operation and when I returned to the orchestra after six months, I received lots of compliments from my colleagues. In just over a year I’d reached my target of 11st 9lbs and dropped three dress sizes.
‘I’d always loved dressmaking, but when I was at my heaviest, the pleasure had been taken out of it. Now, I’m really enjoying sewing again and I feel so much more confident in the evening dresses I wear for work. I’ve stayed at target and I still go to group every week. I’m part of the social team and love catching up with everyone. I’m happier in every area of my life.'
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.