Claire: I love my amazing body
As I lost weight, my confidence grew. But most importantly, my health improved.
Start weight: 14st 4lb | Weight loss: 2st 11lb
Current weight: 11st 7lb
Height: 5' 9"
Time taken to goal: 5 months
Meeting: Bognor Regis
Coach: Neil Doherty
It all began with breathlessness just before my 40th birthday. Tests revealed leaking valves in my heart and I was told I needed emergency surgery. The operation was successful, but I later developed a dangerous blood clot and had to spend two months in hospital.
When I was finally allowed home, I was told I couldn’t do anything for 18 months– not even use the vacuum cleaner! Feeling useless, I turned to food for comfort and gained more than 2st.
I finally celebrated my 40th a year later than planned, and dressed up as Betty Boop for the party. But when I saw photos of me spilling out of my costume, I was horrified. It made me realise I had to make some changes.
My friend recommended Weight Watchers, and encouraged me to join her meeting. The changes were so simple: I’d skip the butter on my baked potato, choose lean instead of fatty meat and go for wholewheat instead of white pasta. I started exercising too, and the weight fell off.
As I lost weight, my confidence grew. But most importantly, my health improved. My heart is strong now, I feel much better in myself and I’m grateful for my body – and for my life. This body has worked hard, despite its limitations, to get healthy and shed nearly 3st. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.