Slimming World – Robin Hood Inn
Weight loss is new beginning
Emma’s Slimming World Story
Determined Emma Brown has overcome chronic health problems and launched a new career — after finally losing the excess weight that had blighted her for years. The 35-year-old, from Clipstone, is more than four stones lighter after plucking-up the courage to join Slimming World slimming classes following numerous failed attempts to beat the bulge. She is now inspiring others running her own weekly classes on Monday’s at Lifespring Church, Ollerton and Saturday’s at The Robin Hood, Edwinstowe.
The mother-of-one and step-mum to three was motivated to shed the pounds after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia — a rheumatic condition that causes widespread pain — five years ago. It came after she first began developing symptoms two years earlier. Her extra weight also caused sleep apnoea, where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.
She said: “I started with a bad shoulder that got progressively worse, causing my neck and shoulder pain, and severe headaches. After lots of investigations, blood tests and scans, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Although I had been overweight for years, I began to pile on even more, which affected my sleep. My partner told me how I would stop breathing for short periods and then take an almighty gasp. I used to wake up feeling like I hadn’t been to bed and became more and more depressed. I saw a sleep specialist, who said the only solution was to lose weight or use a CPAP unit to help me breathe at night. I didn’t relish the thought of that so, combined with the worry from my mum and dad, I knew I had to do something to help myself.”
Emma tried various “yo-yo” diets, but grew frustrated after losing just 5lbs in three months.
It wasn’t until she made the “life-changing” decision in June 2015 to join Slimming World classes at South Forest Leisure Complex, Edwinstowe — joined by her mum, Sue Partridge, for moral support — that her fortunes began to change.
Topping the scales at 16 stone and with a body mass index (BMI) of 41, 5ft 2ins Emma soon found inspiration from other like-minded people.
“Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made, Everyone was so welcoming. There was no judgement; just help and support to keep you going. Having been bullied about my weight in the past, I was overwhelmed when I won the group’s Miss Slinky 2015 competition and Woman of the Year 2016.”
Adopting a healthier lifestyle soon became a family affair when Emma embarked on a career side-line from her day job as Employer Engagement Lead for Health and Leisure at West Nottinghamshire College, to Slimming World consultant; where Emma’s mum and dad (Sue and Vic Partridge); brother-in-law, Jake; her son, Josh (12); and step-sons, Harry (12) and Alfie (11); joined her very own group at The Robin Hood in Edwinstowe.
Emma said: “I can’t believe how much my health has improved. I sleep better, feel better and rarely suffer from the symptoms of my fibromyalgia. I haven’t been the weight I am now since I was 16. I’m determined to reach my 11-stone target and love sharing my motivation, tips and support with others.”
Slimming world classes
If you would like to embark on your own weight loss journey, Emma will be holding weekly Classes: Saturday’s, 9am at The Robin Hood Inn, Summer Bar, Clipstone Road, Edwinstowe, NG21 9JA or Monday’s 7.30pm at Lifesprings Church, Ollerton, NG22 9PP.
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