"I’ve had to have my wedding rings resized due to them spinning on my finger!"
Start weight: 13st 13lb | Weight loss: 3st 10lb
Current weight: 10st 3lb | Goal weight: 10st 13lb
Height: 5' 8" | Age: 47
Studio: Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Wellness Coach: Helen Martin-Hicks
The old me
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a total foodie. But in the past, my love of food wasn’t matched by an understanding of how I should be eating. I’d whip up something delicious, then scoff a huge portion. Plus, I was really busy at work and eating in response to stress. Meanwhile, my mum’s health was declining and I could see how being overweight had taken a toll on her body. Feeling unhappy, unhealthy and weighing nearly 14st, I realised something had to change.
I decided a complete lifestyle change was the only way forward. Knowing I wanted to spend more time with Mum and reduce my stress levels, I made the tough decision to quit my job. My next task was to lose weight, but I knew I needed steering in the right direction if I wanted my weight loss to be sustainable. The idea of a support network and weekly Wellness Check-in to push me that bit further appealed to me, so I joined WW and started working out with a personal trainer. It wasn’t long before the compliments started rolling in from my husband! But, best of all, the plan brought a new dimension to my love of food. WW cookbooks inspired me to be more experimental than I’d ever been in the kitchen, and when I began to showcase my colourful dishes on Instagram, I was overwhelmed by the support I found there and my confidence soared.
The best me
Having reached goal and then going on to lose a few more pounds, I’m now happy with my weight and am maintaining. But the non-scale victories keep on coming. I’ve had to have my wedding rings resized due to them spinning on my finger; I’ve donated all my ‘big’ clothes to charities close to my heart; and I’ve recently exceeded 4000 Instagram followers! This is it. I’ve adopted this lifestyle completely, so much so that my next project is to write my own cookbook and create a recipe blog. Watch this space!