" I’m making up for lost time and learning to enjoy being me. "
Start weight: 15st 11lb | Weight loss: 4st 12lb
Current weight: 10st 13lb
Height: 5' 4" | Age: 34
Studio: Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Wellness Coach: Margaret Roberts
For years I’d felt miserable about my weight,
but it wasn’t until my twin sister had a heart attack that I was shocked into taking action. I joined WW, but whenever my husband and I had a row, I’d binge on ice cream.
I wondered whether it was my weight that was making me miserable,
or my marriage. We decided to separate and our divorce was finalised when I was a year into my weight-loss journey. About six weeks after my separation, I met someone new, but we were mismatched. While I was missing the things couples do – like nights on the sofa – and aware I wanted to have children one day, he was younger than me and not looking to settle down.
I’d been with my ex since I was 19
and had never even been on a first date, so the idea terrified me. I tried Tinder , but found most of the men were only looking for one thing. I also joined match.com, which has led to a few dates, but I’ve actually had more success meeting men the old-fashioned way – in bars!
My first proper date was with a guy
who chatted me up in a bar, which felt so alien to me. I’d always been the overweight girl – not the one getting attention. And even though I’ve gone from a size 22 to a 10, it’s still hard to accept compliments.
Now that my confidence has grown,
single life is good fun and I feel better about myself on every date. I love getting dressed up and meeting new people. I’m making up for lost time and learning to enjoy being me.