88 episodes

Honest conversations discussing the journey of weight loss and committing to a fitness regime. I was stuck in a rut and couldn't find my Mojo in 2018, Slimming Stories was created as I knew I wasn't alone and I wanted to join with others who had similar struggles. Transformation stories and conversations about weight loss are the two things I love to hear. A great transformation story is proof years of weight gain can be lost and hearing others discuss their challenges reassures me I'm not alone.

Slimming Stories Around The World Claire Oldham - West

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Honest conversations discussing the journey of weight loss and committing to a fitness regime. I was stuck in a rut and couldn't find my Mojo in 2018, Slimming Stories was created as I knew I wasn't alone and I wanted to join with others who had similar struggles. Transformation stories and conversations about weight loss are the two things I love to hear. A great transformation story is proof years of weight gain can be lost and hearing others discuss their challenges reassures me I'm not alone.

    Episode 88, Hypnotherapy can change your confidence and allow you to live life on your terms as it did for me. My Journey from doormat to public speaker.

    Episode 88, Hypnotherapy can change your confidence and allow you to live life on your terms as it did for me. My Journey from doormat to public speaker.

     


    This episode has been on my mind since I first published the podcast in 2019.


    To share or not to share a little of what brought me to face my fears of showing up in the world of podcasting.


    This will give you an insight into why I am able to podcast and why fear doesn't hold me back.


    In my old life as I now refer to it my sense of self-worth had been put to the test and while my friends and family had begged me to make better choices I just felt trapped.


    The fear was real and I was up to my neck and sinking fast.


    This episode dusts over some of the challenges that I experienced and my journey to a restored sense of self with improved confidence with the help of hypnotherapy.


    Hypnotherapy has been a passion of mine for years and having taken the plunge to add this to my therapy toolkit along with counseling and psychotherapy I wanted to share my journey with you.


    Hypnotherapy can complement any weight loss and fitness plan and I'm sending you a free relax and restore hypnotherapy download to help you to relax and boost your self-esteem.


     


     


     


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    Feeling the fear and doing it anyway!


    Enjoy.

    • 33 min
    Episode 87 Jade Wilkinson an insight into a weight loss and fitness journey that motivated her out of bed and into a new life with a newfound mental resilience.

    Episode 87 Jade Wilkinson an insight into a weight loss and fitness journey that motivated her out of bed and into a new life with a newfound mental resilience.

     


    Jade talks openly about how being overweight and living in a U.K size 22 dress size affected her physically and mentally. Having adopted a routine of work and returning back to bed during the day resulted in low mood and depression and how this has now changed beyond belief.


    Most people reading this having a human experience will have had those days where they simply want to rest and do little in terms of getting up and about out of the house. For Jade, this was more than an occasional feeling of lack of energy when she found herself returning back to bed during the daytime with food as part of her daily routine.


    Fast forward to today and the contrast is astoundingly different, Jade who once chose to take a taxi for short journeys now sets her intention to get out of bed in the morning an hour earlier to start the day with a morning walk. Achieving a daily step total of 20k is something that Jade will often achieve as she has experienced newfound energy after losing 7 stone following the Slimming World plan.


    Jade makes it clear in this episode that she is only human and still has days when she feels low but that the frequency of this is so much less and Jade explains what she describes as the “push through”, those times that she really doesn't want to leave the house but takes the first step to setting her daily intention resulting in exercise and an altered state of mind.


    Now Jade has both a great relationship with food and along with her constant support of a loving partner and family Jade feels happier and healthier with so much more energy that her family can't always keep up with! 


     


    This is a beautifully inspiring transformation story of how in 11 months Jade was able to lose 7 stone and regain control over food.


     


    You can find Jade on Instagram @slimming_world_wilko







    You can join the Slimming Stories Facebook Group:


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/391927294836170


    Slimming Stories Instagram:


     @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

    • 32 min
    Episode 86, David Kelly shares his 6 stone weight loss and how morning runs have provided a sanctuary of peace while dealing with grief.

    Episode 86, David Kelly shares his 6 stone weight loss and how morning runs have provided a sanctuary of peace while dealing with grief.

     


    David, like many of the podcast guests, felt like a bigger child at school and actually approached his mum for diet advice. It's not often that a 14-year-old child will take action to change their weight but that's exactly what  David did. David recalls how he didn't look as big as he had felt as a child. With intentions to reduce weight David followed a diet of cottage cheese, not his favourite food!


     


    Another attempt at weight loss led David to follow the Atkins diet and he achieved success but found this way of eating too restrictive. There are many reasons why healthy eating plans and diets are hard to maintain and when David became the carer for his wife when she was diagnosed with cancer along with working from home and looking after his son food was not his number one priority.


     


    This episode is a brave account of a real slimming journey and after losing his wife to Cancer David’s focus was to manage life while facing his own grief and being there for his son. 


     


    When receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure meant that  the operation that David needed was refused this became David's motivation to change.


     


    David has changed his health outlook with the help of Slimming World and found peace with a newfound love of running which was certainly a surprise to David. Couch to 5k was next on the agenda and at 19 stone this didn't deter David, the determination to improve his fitness willed him along the path of change.


     


    This episode pulls no punches, if you have a million and one reasons why the week ahead is too busy to commit to your health just listen to what is possible even during difficult times. 


     


    You can follow Davids weight loss journey over on Instagram @nornironman


     


    You can join the Slimming Stories Facebook Group:


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/391927294836170


    Slimming Stories Instagram:


     @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

    • 50 min
    Episode 85, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss with Slimming World and regaining control of his health and his life.

    Episode 85, Gareth Griffin talks openly about weight loss with Slimming World and regaining control of his health and his life.

     


    This is a rerun of Gareth's Slimming Story from episode 14, if you're in need of some motivation for the week ahead look no further!


    At what point do we stop and take a reality check of how our excess weight impacts our health? Gareth knew that he needed to find a solution to his weight issues but was unable to find a diet or eating plan that allowed him to eat normal food that was sustainable.


    As a result of Gareth’s increasing weight, he found that his health was at risk as he became tired as a result of being unable to have a restful night's sleep. Sleep Apnea was affecting Gareth in a big way leaving him unable to engage fully with his daughter due to tiredness and putting his safety at risk at work as he tried to work through his lack of sleep. Gareth's G.P appointment was the light bulb moment he needed to take action and he found a slimming group that offered support and friendship that would help him to take back control of his health and his life.


     


    You can follow Gareth’s slimming journey on Instagram @gazgriffin86


    Slimming Stories podcast is produced by Claire Oldham - West and you can follow Slimming Stories on Instagram: @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

    • 37 min
    Episode 84, part 2 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

    Episode 84, part 2 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

     


    Introducing Hannah to the second part of her slimming story bringing more inspiration for your week ahead.


    Hannah has already created a bucket list to include trips to theme parks, something that Hannah struggled with when she was at her largest size. For 10 years Hannah talks about how she missed out on the rides after being unable to fit in a carriage. That is all now in the past and having enjoyed Disneyland Paris with her daughter Hannah is able to fit in the seats without any problems whatsoever!


    Hannah gives an insight into the reality of what a dramatic weight loss can look like and discusses the very important topic of loose skin. While loose skin is something Hannah has accepted there are plans for Hannah to have surgery to remove this due to the health complications this can bring. Luckily Hannah's online supporters have helped to raise funds through a just giving page and a consultation with a surgeon is one step closer.


    If you would like to help Hannah with her dream of skin removal surgery you can click on the link below to submit your donation.


    https://www.gofundme.com/f/wqw7q6-raising-money-for-a-tummy-tuck


    You can continue to follow Hannahs weight loss journey on Instagram  @thefunnymummydoesslimmingworld 


     


    You can join the Slimming Stories Facebook Group:


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/391927294836170


    Slimming Stories Instagram:


     @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

    • 35 min
    Episode 83, part 1 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

    Episode 83, part 1 of Hannah’s slimming story, sharing her 13 stone weight loss and fitness transformation.

     


    Having lost 13 stone Hannah has transformed her health and fitness beyond measure. On Instagram Hannah describes herself as the "funny mummy" - and having previously worked as an entertainment rep for 4 years I can 100 percent agree that Hannah has the ability to connect with people and bring on the laughter.


    In this episode Hannah explains how the key to weight loss and fitness success is that something has to click, Hannah believes there has to be a moment that allows you to stop in your tracks for change to begin.


    That click moment came for Hannah while celebrating her 30th Birthday party listening to her friends announce “life begins at 30!” Hannah is very honest about how she had felt during that time and how her mental health had deteriorated to a dark place of self-reflection. Hannah recalls how at the party she questioned what would happen if she continued not to take her doctor's advice and lose weight, Hannah realised she wanted to be healthy for her daughter and this led Hannah to take action.


    You will hear how Hannah chose to blind weigh fearing the number on the scales and how she has found a warm welcome and new friends within the Slimming World community.


    Part two will follow next week! Enjoy.


    You can continue to follow Hannahs weight loss journey on Instagram  @thefunnymummydoesslimmingworld 


     


    You can join the Slimming Stories Facebook Group:


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/391927294836170


    Slimming Stories Instagram:


     @sw_slimmingstories_podcast

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Riverand ,

Listening is a family affair for us!

I love listening to all of the stories Claire presents with my husband. As my husband started his journey with Weight Watchers last year, and I have continued my own journey towards healthier living and a healthier weight, this weekly dose of inspiration, motivation, and real weight loss stories is exactly what we need to keep going! Thank you Claire for being there for us and showing us all the different ways people have found success and worked through their struggles.
I highly recommend this podcast to anyone on weight loss journey no matter what program they subscribe to in order to get it done.

JazzLover2010 ,

New listener & I’m loving it!

I’m a new listener and I already love it. I so appreciate your honesty, Claire. Weight loss is definitely a journey! I look forward to the coming year knowing I’ve got someone who understands the struggle right by my side.

Kimala123 ,

Inspiring & fun to listen to

I love Claire’s easygoing style and how she makes us all feel like we can achieve our goals, weight wise or otherwise

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