Motivation: Pearls of wisdom

May 14, 2013 - Living

Losing weight can be both an exciting and challenging time. Here, LighterLife members and Counsellors share their top tips for success…

I have two sayings I love which I keep on my fridge door: ‘Eat to nurture your body, not to anaesthetise your mind’, and ‘If hunger is not the problem, then food is not the solution.’ Kathy Drew, client

I set myself a goal that I’d treat myself to a pair of Jimmy Choos when I reached my weight-loss target. It was such a good incentive and made me determined to stick to the programme. Julieann Watson, client

As American author Maya Angelou once said: ‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.’ Mandy Cassidy, LighterLife Psychotherapist

While I will always love Krispy Kreme doughnuts and chocolate, what I love more is going into a shop, picking up a pair of size 10 jeans and putting them on. That’s what I have to remember. Carole Malone, client

Diets shouldn’t be about getting to be a size 0. I hate the celebrity culture that says we all have to look like sticks. I’m still a card-carrying member of the boobs and bottom club. Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen, who went from a dress size 20 to a 12 with LighterLife

Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. Dust yourself off and get back on track. George Tsiappourdhi, client

American author Mark Twain once said: ‘Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.’ I love that. Mary Barnhill, Counsellor

I really love one of the sayings in the new Total book, ‘A diamond is just a piece of coal that stuck at it.’ Joanne Jagger, Counsellor

The past is for reference, not for residence. Failure belongs in the past but true success happens in the present. Cindy Foden, Counsellor

We can all get easily distracted, especially where food is concerned. If you notice yourself becoming distracted, get a pen and take a few minutes to write about it. You could do a thought record about how much better you will feel by avoiding that food, and the benefits you’ll get from abstaining. Dawn Burton, Counsellor

I’ve learned that there’s never a right time to start anything challenging or frightening. Just go for it, take the plunge, and providing you’re on the right path you’ll get there in one piece. Aaron White, client

LighterLife helped me see that I was using food to numb my feelings. So I had to learn to experience my emotions and not be afraid. It was tough at first, dealing with stress and painful events, but actually I’ve found that my feelings can’t kill me – they’re only feelings! Anna Weston, client

3 thoughts on “Motivation: Pearls of wisdom

Rachel scales

Omg I know it works just need a club near to me

Rahena Bibi

I like to find out how much does it cost evey month


    Hello, sorry for our delay in getting back to you. The groups are just £15 per week and Foodpacks start from £1.80. For more details and how to get started, contact your local Counsellor at

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