A 21-year-old from Livingston has lots to celebrate after losing 3st 11.5lbs to reach the finals of a national slimming competition.
Victoria Brydon was delighted to make the final 30 of Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2017 competition, out of all of the 16 to 21-year-olds who attend Slimming World’s 16,000 groups across the UK and Ireland.
She joined the East Calder Slimming World group to feel more comfortable with her size.
She said: “I think a lot of young people struggle with their confidence from time to time and I was no different. My weight meant that I was becoming more and more self-conscious though, and it was starting to affect me in lots of different ways – to the point where I’d make excuses not to go out with my friends because I felt uncomfortable all the time.
“I’m not going to lie, I was quite nervous about the thought of joining Slimming World at first because I thought that people might judge me for being overweight at such a young age. I definitely shouldn’t have worried though. Everyone at my group is really lovely and they’ve all been so supportive of me.
“My friends and family are really proud of what I’ve achieved – and I’m feeling quite proud of myself too actually! Eating more healthily has made me think about how active I am as well, so I’ve started to go to Clubbercise twice a week and love taking my dog Bailey on nice long walks.”
Victoria began following Slimming World’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan and says: “I can still have burgers, chips, curries and chocolate – I just have to make some healthy swaps, like switching white bread for wholemeal and using lean mince. Understanding my relationship with food has been a real eye opener and I’ve learned how to cook a bit too. I feel as though I’ll be able to keep up this healthy way of life forever – which is something I never thought I would say! My confidence has grown loads too, which is great.”
Since that first visit, Victoria has lost 3st 11.5lbs, and feels amazing. As a result of her incredible achievement, her fellow members in the East Calder group voted for her to represent them in the Young Slimmer of the Year 2017 competition and she was one of 30 young people invited to the semi-finals, which were held at Slimming World’s HQ in Derbyshire. Sue Scorer, who runs the East Calder Slimming World group Victoria attends, said: “I’m so proud of Victoria. What she’s achieved is so much more than just losing weight. I’ve watched Victoria transform into a strong and confident person who has the world at her feet.
“Joining Slimming World has given her the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and develop new active habits that will stand her in good stead for the rest of her life. Most of all it’s given her the self-belief to achieve her dreams.”