Magherafelt woman gets ‘taken out’ by TV star McGuinness

Slimming World Consultant Joanne McNally meets comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness.
Slimming World Consultant Joanne McNally meets comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness.

It definitely wasn’t a case of ‘no likey, no lighty’ when a Slimming World Consultant from Magherafelt met comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness at an annual awards ceremony.

Joanne McNally, who runs a Slimming World group at Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt every Thursday, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Paddy when he co-hosted the Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s chair and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.

Bolton-born Paddy, who shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights alongside school friend Peter Kay before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and TV presenter on shows including ITV1’s Take Me Out, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He added: “I have to admit the most I knew about Slimming World before the awards was a gag in Peter’s routine that refers to Slimming World as being a £1 cheaper than its competitors! Jokes aside, I was genuinely amazed to hear about what a difference Consultants like Joanne make to people’s lives. At the ceremony I met lots of people who’d lost incredible amounts of weight and it had totally changed their lives. Every single one of them told me that they couldn’t have done it without the support of their Slimming World group and their Consultant.

“Before I started working in comedy I was a fitness instructor so I know how important it is to look after yourself, but equally I know it’s not always easy to motivate yourself. So, having the help and support of someone like Joanne to keep you on track and be there with advice when you need it really is invaluable.”

Joanne said meeting Paddy at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of a great year for the Magherafelt Slimming World group.

Joanne says she “truly believes that Slimming World is the best way for people to take control of their weight this New Year.”

She said: “Even if they’ve struggled to stick to slimming plans in the past, I know we can help them to make a change for life this time around – my members are proof of that. Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan isn’t a ‘diet’, we simply help our members to discover new healthy habits and a healthier way of eating that they can enjoy without ever feeling hungry or deprived. By making small easy changes to the way they shop, cook and eat and getting support to overcome the challenges they face along the way.”