Lost: 3st 6lbs/22.86kg*
“My weight had been creeping up for a while, and then after I gave birth to my daughter, Emily, it went up a bit more at one point I got up to 15 stone. I had tried Weight Watchers a couple of times, but it just didn’t work for me.
Then, in April 2014, I knew that I would be going to a hen party the following August. All the girls that were going were slim and gorgeous and I didn’t want to the only there who stood out, so that was the kick up the behind that I needed to finally do something!
This around time it was different, because I followed ‘No Count ’ and I found it so much easier to do than counting Points; I had a list of food I could eat from and that was that. My problem was that I’m in the car a lot with work and I’m travelling around a good bit, so I was always eating on the go from deli bars and drive thru places – I was pretty much a fast food fanatic.
So I started to make more careful choices where I could, like salads or plain chicken, and if I got hungry while I was out and about, I snacked on fruit. It was hard for the first week or so, but once I got into the right mindset it was actually really easy; it just became a way of life for me to the point where I didn’t even have to think about it. Gradually the weight went down and the more I lost, the more compliments I got and so the more motivated I was to keep going.
My leader, Kathleen, was absolutely brilliant. She was always there whenever I needed her; she really motivated me to keep going. I went to every class, no matter whether I had a good or a bad week, and I think that’s really important. When you have a bad week you need your class even more, because you hear amazing stories there and pick up some great tips, all of which give you the encouragement you need to help get you back on track.
Around about the same time I started Weight Watchers, I also joined a running club, so the two things became part of my journey to better health. At the beginning I was always paddy last, but after attending two to three times per week, by August I had managed my first 10k run. At that stage it was also time for the hen party, and I had two stone gone! By December 2014 I reached my goal, and I’ve been maintaining my weight over two years now.
Of course there have been a few bumps in the road, but that’s life, and I’m delighted to be where I am now. I have much more confidence in myself, and so much more energy. I was a good size 16 and now I’m an 8/10, so being able to walk into any shop I want and not have to worry about finding something to fit is an amazing feeling. My whole lifestyle has changed; it’s just become part of who I am, I don’t even have to think about it anymore and that feels wonderful.”