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‘I’ve got my glam back

Gone are the days when Sarah Jones felt self-conscious in front of a camera. Now shes as slim as she was in her 20s and feeling her confident best

SARAH WEARS: Dress and necklace, both Wallis. Shoes, Next

Sarah, 49, is a teaching assistant and Slimming World Consultant, and lives in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, with her husband, Andrew. They have two children, Courtney, 20, and Alex, 17. Sarah is 5ft 6½ins tall and weighs 11st 3lbs, having lost 5st at the Claverdon group in Warwickshire, which she now runs

I took a deep breath, mustered my biggest smile and walked into the room. It was a birthday party for a woman I’d worked with over 20 years ago when I was cabin crew, and I couldn’t wait to catch up with her and my other flying friends. I’d spent ages on my hair and make-up, and was wearing a black, stretchy size 18-20 dress I’d bought especially – the only one in the shop that had fitted without looking ‘too bad’…or so I’d thought at the time. Now, as I caught sight of my still-slim friends, I felt really self-conscious, and I hid at the back of the group every time a camera came out. As we reminisced about the good old days, I couldn’t help wondering if my friends were looking at me thinking, ‘She’s really let herself go’.

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Get your new-year weight loss off to a flying start with the January/February issue of Slimming World magazine Featuring amazing real-life transformations, fab and filling recipes, and tips and advice to help make 2017 your slimmest, fittest, happiest year yet. We’ve got 40+ pages of hearty, tempting dishes that will slim you down and fill you up, from crowd-pleasing family favourites to vibrant Tex Mex. There are even some scrumptious hot puddings on the menu, too. Revolutionise the way you approach slimming with our brilliant success strategies; find out how to wave goodbye to self-critical thoughts and negative talk and become your own cheerleader. And if in the past your weight-loss resolutions have lasted no longer than the turkey leftovers, discover how to make them really stick. The issue is packed with real-life stories of slimming success to inspire you, including cover star Steph, two sizes smaller, and 10 more Slimming World members who between them have lost an amazing 56st. Plus: a fab and filling seven-day menu plan; fun new ways to energise your new year; and our zen-sational guide to the ultimate home spa. Relax, read and rejuvenate your 2017…
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