Suzanne Wyett thought weight loss surgery was the answer to her weight problem until she found Food Optimising. Now the mom of two is nearly 80lbs lighter and loving her slim and healthy new life.
“For over a decade I’ve made excuses for my size. Pregnancy, babies, marriage – the list was endless. On top of eating costly convenience food and TV dinners, I’d snack on potato chips, cookies and candy as well as polishing off the kid’s leftovers.
“Over the years I’ve had many embarrassing incidents like getting trapped on theme park rides, stuck on swings and even being mistaken for my husband’s mother! I suffered ongoing back pain due to my weight and once I had to be carried out of the store where I work and taken to hospital – I was so humiliated!
“Meal replacements, slimming pills, crazy exercise machines you buy off the TV – I really had tried everything to lose weight and nothing worked. In a desperate bid to lose weight, I spoke to my doctor about getting weight loss surgery and was told to come back in a few months if I was serious about the surgery!
“The following day a friendly woman came into my store and asked to put up a Slimming World poster. She enthusiastically told me about her group and I agreed to go along – although on the day I backed out. I’d attended a weight loss club before and it wasn’t for me – why would this one be any different?
“After a few weeks and a bit more thought, I decided to give Slimming World a go – after all, what did I have to lose? I was sceptical at first but my Consultant (the same lovely woman who came into my store) explained Food Optimising and I couldn’t believe how much unlimited Free Food I could eat and still lose weight!
“A month into Food Optimising and I’d lost 10½lbs by making a few simple changes to the way I cooked and prepared food. Instead of smothering everything in oil or butter, I’d use PAM and enjoy the most delicious breakfasts – lean bacon, eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes. I also replaced my twice-weekly takeouts, with home-cooked ones, made with chicken, and piled high with lots of vegetables and salad.
My weekly Image Therapy sessions are so inspiring and I learn so much from the other members, as well as sharing food tips and recipes, there’s always plenty of fun and laughter.
"Rachel’s so encouraging and if I ever had a bad week, she’d remind me how far I’d come and I’d be back on track with a good loss the following week! I knew Food Optimising was for life and I no longer needed or wanted drastic surgery to help me lose weight.
“I knew Body Magic would speed up my weight loss and so I bought a selection of fitness DVDs that I could do at home. Taking small steps at first, I’d do 15 minutes at a time and within months I was feeling fitter and my asthma was loads better. Now, I amaze myself by carrying on for a full hour and a half.
“Within a year I’d lost 80lbs and was looking and feeling fantastic! Instead of shopping on the internet or in the ‘plus-size’ section, I could go into department stores and buy the latest fashions. Sometimes I’d catch sight of my lean body in a window and I’d have to do a double take!
“Since losing weight I’ve got a new-found zest for life and it shows in everything I do. I’m so enthusiastic about Slimming World that when the kids are a bit older, I’ll seriously consider becoming a Consultant and inspire others to lose weight and change their lives for the better – just like I did!”
*Slimming World members lose an average of 1-2lbs a week.