Garry Finane from Bray is today holding his head high as he celebrates all of his determination paying off, today having lost 5 stone since joining his local Unislim class. Due to his incredible success, Garry has made it into the shortlist of only 12 ‘Unislimmers’ from across the country. On October 17th Garry will take to the catwalk in the annual Unislim Awards in Dublin, where the winner will walk away with €1,000.
The finalists are today being named as Unislim’s most inspiring weight loss success stories of the year. Ireland’s ‘Beauty Guru’, media personality and fellow Unislim member Triona McCarthy, alongside Unislim MD Fiona Gratzer will undergo the difficult task of choosing the overall winner from the inspiring group, who have all transformed their lives for the better.
Speaking about his inspiring journey to get to this point, Garry said:
I always kept active and looked after myself over the years and was never really overweight. A change of job meant I was no longer cycling to work, and I had further to travel, so I took the car. The weight started creeping up and all of a sudden, I was carrying a lot more than I realised. My wife Jennie started chatting to me about joining the local Unislim class with her in January. I wouldn’t commit and I didn’t really know much about it, but she phoned me on her way to her first class saying she was going to join and I thought I might as well go along with her, sure what have I got to lose?
And lose I did, I’m now 5 stone lighter and absolutely delighted with how I feel. The energy I have is just fantastic. Jean, our Leader in Bray, went through the plan with us and was so supportive. When we got back from our first class, we gathered up all the left-over goodies from Christmas in the presses, divided them up and gave them out to everyone else in work. We wanted to give ourselves the best start possible. In the past my portions were huge. When I’d have a cup of tea, I’d grab a handful of biscuits, I was always picking even though I wasn’t hungry, because most of the time it was habit rather than actual hunger. I also started to walk at lunchtime when I was in work, I do about half an hour and then have my lunch.
In the past when I’d come home from work, I’d eat my dinner and feel I had no energy. I would just lay on the couch for the night. Now we go out in the evening for a walk. We’re a little competitive and make sure we hit our 10,000 steps but some days I average 13k/14k per day.
Now I really enjoy going on nights out, in particular going to gigs or festivals. Thankfully today there are healthier choices on offer wherever you go. I don’t drink so that was never a problem, but I changed my pint of Rock Shandy to a diet coke, which makes a difference. If we eat out, we look online and pick what we are going to eat before we go and now, we share a dessert rather than having one each. Small changes like that make the difference. With Unislim nothing is off limits, it’s just about making the healthier choices.
I’m a lot more confident now, I sleep a lot better so I’ve so much more energy. I play indoor football once a week and in the past, I’d want to go into goals at halftime. Now there is no stopping me – the difference is brilliant. What I’d say to anyone is simply give it a go. I nearly hesitated but I’m so glad I didn’t. Unislim has completely changed my life!
Judging and the award ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 17th, in association with Debenhams. The overall winner will be presented with a cheque for €1,000 by Unislim.
Each of the finalists have achieved a healthier lifestyle by following Unislim’s holistic plan with a balanced approach to delicious food, exercise and mental wellness.
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