Weight loss: 15st 12lb
Start weight: 30st 2lb
Goal weight: 12st
Current weight: 14st 4lb
Height: 5ft 3in
Time taken so far: 2 years, 3 months
Listen to your inner voice… My light-bulb moment came in 2014 when my father-in-law died suddenly of brain cancer. At the funeral, I was over 30st and struggled to get out of the car and walk to the crematorium. As I gathered with my husband and four children at the coffin, I looked at my family and thought: ‘This is going to be me soon if I don’t do something about it. I’ve got to take responsibility for my own life.’
Accept help when it’s offered… I’d been big since I was child, and had been on various calorie-controlled diets. But each time I’d lose three or four stone then go back to my old ways. For me, two things have made the difference. One is the No Count approach – I never wanted to go ‘on a diet’ again, and this felt achievable. The other is the support offered by Weight Watchers. When I arrived at my first meeting, I was out of breath and could barely stand at the greeting table, but everyone was so lovely. I thought: ‘Thank God, I’m here among people who accept me.’ My biggest tip to any new member is to keep going to meetings, and share your journey with your buddies and your Coach.
Believe in the impossible Why? Because it turns out that things I thought were impossible have turned out to be possible, after all. Take my hot air balloon experience for example. Rising slowly up over the British countryside in the basket, I could see deer in the fields and make out patterns of trees. Tears pricked my eyes and I wondered: ‘Am I really doing this?’ For so many years, I struggled even to get out of cars thanks to my enormous size. Suddenly I was flying through the air and it felt like a dream.
My yes moment ‘There have been many and they still occur. I am still working towards my goal, and after losing 219lb, you can imagine that I’ve had many non-scale moments – some small, some huge. A few: fitting into a regular chair; realising I could fit into a size 16; fitting into regular socks; being able to easily use showers and baths; and being able to wear the robe supplied by hotels or spas.’
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