"I’m learning to believe that anything is possible – I just still can’t believe that’s actually me in the mirror!"
Start weight: 22st 13lb | Weight loss: 10st 1lb
Current weight: 12st 12lb
Height: 5' 11"
Time taken to goal: 3 years, 5 months
Studio: Bricknell Avenue, Hull
Wellness Coach: Jo Barr
By the time I was 12 years old, I was already a size 16, and as I got older the weight kept piling on. It didn’t help that while I was pregnant, I took the term ‘eating for two’ quite literally. Then, after my second pregnancy, I suffered from postnatal depression and hid away from the world, comfort eating.
Going to my first Wellness Workshop in January 2013 was a huge deal for me. I was painfully shy, and it took me months to find the confidence to introduce myself to anyone there. But since losing just more than 10st, my confidence has skyrocketed! So much so that I’m now a Wellness Coach myself – something I would never have believed possible at that first Wellness Workshop.
But I do still have bad days – but to pick myself up I’ll upload one of my ‘fat photos’ to my phone to remind myself how far I’ve come and why I wanted to lose weight in the first place. My weight-loss journey has been a rollercoaster, and so I know it’s okay for me to have bad days now and again.
Eventually, I know my brain will catch up with my body and I’ll realise I’m no longer ‘overweight Alex’. Losing so much weight has given me a new lease of life. I’ve tried more new things recently than at any other point in my life. I’ve taken part in a boxing match for charity, I’ve crawled through the tunnel after my child at the playground, and I’ve gone on a rollercoaster for the first time in a decade. I’m learning to believe that anything is possible – I just still can’t believe that’s actually me in the mirror!