Lost: 2 stone 6½ pounds**
“I have three kids and my two youngest came one straight after the other, so during that time the weight piled on. It had been steadily going up for a couple of years, not so much that I noticed, but then one day I looked in the mirror and that was that; I knew it was time to do something. I saw Paddy doing so well losing his weight that I decided to give it a go to.
I went along to Paddy’s class one evening and it was daunting at first; we never had a bathroom scales at home so I had no idea what I weighed. When I found out I was over 12 stone, it was a bit of a shock. I went home and looked through the books and had a chat to Paddy about it; the main thing we decided was that we were going to do it together.
When I think back to the way I used to eat; I never had breakfast, then I’d have a big lunch and maybe take-away for dinner, we might have even ordered take-away a few times a week. I’d get in from work and I’d be tired and feeling lazy and so I used to just eat whatever was handy, snacking on all the wrong sorts of things.
So the key for me was to plan and prepare in advance. I started by eating a good, healthy breakfast every morning, and then I’d have a proper dinner, like chicken with vegetables and a few potatoes. I never ever used to drink water, but now I drink it all day. Some weeks were difficult, but the good thing was that going to class was always at the back on my mind, so if I ever felt like going off the rails, I’d just think of having to see Deirdre!
Doing it together with Paddy was great, because if one of us was tempted, the other one was there to remain strong. The class was very helpful; we picked up lots of tips and info there. It was good to hear what other people were doing and find out what worked for them.