By Sinead Goldsboro
GILLIAN HOURIGAN from Dundrum, has made the final of LowLow Unislimmer of the year having lost an amazing 6st. The bubbly mother of two is thrilled with her new look and very excited at being in the finals.
Gillain sturggled with her weight for years going up and up in dress size. It was when she saw photos of herself at her brothers wedding that she decided enough was enough, she had to loose that extra weight she was carrying. So, in October 2010 she joined the Unislim Class in Tipperary Town along with her mother (who has lost 4st). Gillian’s husband and close family members were the only ones she told about joining Unislim as she had tried other diets before but none of them worked. She was determinded this time though and the Unislim plan really suited her.
With the motivation of her Unislim Leader Josephine Ryan and support of her weekly class Gillian has got back the confidence she has longed for. Gillian say’s “I can’t praise Unislim enough, their Food Maximizing Plan is the best, its so easy to follow. It turned my life around and I love it. I have loads of energy. This year my holiday shopping was a lot different from other years, I wore size 18 last year, this year it was a 10 to 12, what a feeling I can tell you that was. Unislim to me is not for a few months, it’s my lifestyle change forever.”
When I spoke to Gillian she as having her lunch. She said “I still eat the same kind foods but I make healthier choices - wraps instead of bread for a sandwich and a little mayonaise. I don’t use any salt as it retains fluids and I have cut back on portion size”. These few changes along with motiviation have really worked for Gillian.
Along with a change in her diet, Gillian also walks for up to 3 miles a day. As she says “it is free and I can do it when it suits me”.
This year’s LowLow Unislimmer of the Year Final has a total of 20 finalists, both men and women from all over Ireland with a combined weight loss of 100 stone. Unislim has run this event for the past 39 years as a reward for the success of its members and to highlight the positive lifestyle changes enjoyed by members of Unislim.
One of the judges on the panel this year is Nicola Bleakley. At 22 years of age Nicola was the youngest ever winner of Unislimmer of the Year having lost an incredible seven stones. Nicola is now a Unislim brand ambassador who inspires and motivates others in taking their first step to a healthier and happier life.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 6th October and Jackie Lavin from TV3’s The Apprentice will be on hand to announce the winner on Thursday 6th October. The lucky person will celebrate with €2,000 and some fantastic goodies from LowLow, who are this years sponsor and Clarins.