Bev's Happy Owls

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I can't tell you how important it is to find a job you enjoy doing, you spend far too many hours there to be unhappy.

I love my work and enjoy going to my meetings every day, how many can say that. I also love to see my members achieve their goal and a when I receive thank you letters like the following, it really is the icing on the cake!

Hi , I've been waiting to send this letter I wrote for a while so here it is.

Dear Bev,

There are no better words to say than thank you so much.

What you have helped not only me but my whole family to achieve is phenomenal. Our whole lives have been changed for the better, forever all because you took the time to listen, to care and to be there as a support not only as a leader but as a friend.

You have wiped away my tears when I was sad and praised me when I have achieved and never once have you judged me only to say tomorrows the start of a new day, a new week and a new you.

I remember the first class I came too I was so unhappy with myself that I broke down in front of everyone and cried, but not one person judged me or laughed there were no side looks or sneers just words of comfort, advice and encouragement from all of my now fellow Weight Watcher friends. I say friends because that's what they've become.

Their words and your big hug allowed me to think that by being strong and focused this could be done. The following week I came back with a different look on life and a sheer sense of determination and to top it all I lost 4.5 lbs. I knew then that this was the start of my new positive outlook on life.

The day I reached goal I couldn’t tell you how nervous I was, my stomach had been churning all morning I knew I had a lot to achieve but I felt so determined to get there I hoped I had lost the 3lb that I needed. It was my turn to be weighed and you said you wanted to weigh me - you seemed as nervous as me but when I stood on the scales I didn’t even look at what they said, your scream said it all I had lost 5lb and got to goal we both hugged and cried and I remember feeling so excited I think I was shaking a little but your were just full of praise for me, again I say thank you with your help I had lost 65lb. The news that I had reached goal soon spread around the class and everyone was full of praise and congratulations for me of which I so much appreciated I felt great, a million dollars at that moment I was on top of the world thanks to my friend at WW.

So to end my ongoing letter (I know I can ramble a lot!!!) I want to say to an angel in disguise (yes that's you) you can never know just exactly what you have done for me and my family, the new lease on life you have helped us to achieve is indescribable.

In each class and to each member you give your heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears and by doing this you make us feel like an individual like someone special. What you do helps change lives so please never stop being you. Remember you are GREAT.

Love and thanks always

Melissa, John, & Amelia xxx

P.S. John has also lost 79 lb and is still losing all through the advice you give at class; I come home and pass this on, thank you.

This we now know is who we want to be and we will never look back and its all thanks to you.
xx

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They always make me cry!


The following letter was sent by Becky who as well as being a member for 3 years has also helped in my meetings weighing and supporting other members.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill

I just wanted to put down a few words to try to explain just how grateful I am for all the support you have given me over the past few years. It is important for me that you realise the enormity of the impact you have made on my life. When I first walked into your Weight Watchers meeting, I was probably at the lowest point in my life. I was in my mid twenties with a good job and my own home, yet what should have been the best time of my life was, in truth, the most miserable.

When I first stepped on the scales at that first meeting I was 22 stone 2 and a half pounds. Far from looking at me with the horror I expected, you reassured me that I could change, and made what seemed an impossible challenge suddenly seem achievable.

Over the years you have celebrated my success and consoled my disappointments, but through all of this you never gave up believing that I could do it. You did more than give me practical advice on weight loss, you made me believe that I deserved to be the person I wanted to be and empowered me to make the choices I needed to ensure that happened.

Your magic is not just in your knowledge of diet and exercise but in your holistic approach to each person’s individual goals. You made me realise that eating the right food is only half the battle and that I had to learn to understand and like myself before I could succeed.

My life now bears no resemblance to the one I had before, in fact I don’t even recognise the person I used to be, physically or emotionally. When I was 22 stone I would never have believed I could be as happy and confident as I am now. This Christmas there will be no tears because I can’t find anything to wear, no avoiding having my photo taken, no feeling like the fattest person at the party; I will be donning my party frock and heels with the best of them and showing off the results of my hard work!

So, I leave you, 10 and a half stone lighter and 110% happier than I was when this journey first began. I could never ever begin to pay back the support you have given me. There are very few people who can truthfully say that they have changed someone’s life, but you have changed mine.

Thank you

Bek xxx

I also remember receiving a text from Bek a few years later, I was out jogging and this text came through saying she wanted to thank me for everything I'd done and she wanted me to know she was off wedding dress shopping, it was just wonderful to be reminded that I'd been part of her journey. She now is happily married with a beautiful daughter, healthy and happy. xx

And the card I received from Jane makes me cry every time I read it because it reminds me of how unhappy people can be and the affect it has on their minds and their bodies.

Dear Bev

I'd just like to say a big thank you from the young girl that was kicked, punched and shouted at for being fat at school to the young adult who punished herself with food and became bulimic to the older woman who lost all her identity and became a recluse in her own home and was on anti depressants all of which was due to the fact that I was severely overweight and ashamed of myself for being so and to the woman I am today, a 45 year old who has discovered her life, a job, an identity, a purpose and a new found lease and love of life and this is all due to me walking into your meeting two years ago.

You have taught me what I've been searching for all my life and a thank you just doesn't seem to cut it but it's all I can think of to say.

From the bottom of my heart thank you Bev, for everything

Jane.

To lighten the mood up, one of the funniest things I've ever been sent came in the form of a complaint sent to Weight Watchers customer services about me, how fantastic is this;

2007

To whom it may concern.

My name is Andrea, and I attend the Tuesday morning Weight Watchers meeting at Wesley Church, Short Heath.

I would like to make a complaint about my Weight Watcher leader. Before I tell you here name, I wouldn’t be surprised if you can guess whom I am complaining about, perhaps you may have received other letters of a similar nature.

As I have already told you, I have been at Weight Watchers for a year, which is HER fault.

I have been to other slimming clubs, including Weight Watchers in my 39 years, and have never had the trouble I have had with this leader!

For some unknown reason, she seems to make me want (want I tell you) to go to each meeting every week. She is forcing me to lose weight with her mind changing tactics - well I won’t have it! (I’ve been brain washed.)

Up until now she has forced me to lose 75lbs, I can’t seem to shake her off. If she isn’t texting me, she insists on me listening to some positive affirmations. She has little notes pushed through my door (normally when I am trying to have a cake with my coffee) the woman is trouble!

I thought it best that I write, she is VERY infectious, full of life and trouble (trouble, I tell you) her name…. Beverley Longsden

I’ll carry on going to these classes, to see if you can do something about her.

If she goes on much longer, I’m frightened that I may reach my goal, feel better, look fab, and then, I may have to carry on going to Weight Watchers because she may have infected me!

She also has a great team around her, who weighs in, cash up and run shop, they too are pains, asking how you’ve done, and encouraging people. PLEASE!

I’m really sorry I had to bother you with this complaint; I just hope I don’t have to take it any further.

Yours slimmer than ever

Andrea.