Weight loss: 3st 6lb
Start weight: 13st 1lb
Current weight: 9st 9lb
Goal weight: 11st 1lb
Height: 5ft 6in
Time taken so goal: 1 year, 1 month
Studio: Field Place, Worthing
Wellness Coach: Laura Goddard
"I’m so proud to be able to keep up with my daughters now, and can’t wait to see where wheelchair racing takes me. "
Having a genetic condition didn't stop me living life
When I was 21, I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It’s a rare genetic condition that affects the connective tissues in my joints, but it’s never stopped me living my life. I married my husband, Jason, at 19 and had my first daughter, Katy, in my early 20s.
But then in 2006, I had a life-changing fall that damaged my leg. Relying on crutches and looking after my then two-year-old, I turned to comfort eating to deal with my depression. I quickly went from a size 12 to an 18. Not only was my weight gain embarrassing, it also diminished our chances of conceiving a second child – and following three miscarriages, I wanted to be as healthy as possible to achieve that.
Slow and steady
My mother-in-law was a WW gold member, and was always singing the plan’s praises. She helped me through my first week and answered any questions I had. My Wellness Coach, Laura, was also inspiring – she helped me with portion control and taught me that it was okay to lose slowly and steadily.
Boosting my fitness levels
With the help of fellow WW Members and Laura, I learned to do chair exercises to help boost my fitness levels. Soon I was able to use my crutches more often than my wheelchair. And, after seeing people in wheelchairs training in the local leisure centre, I decided to give wheelchair racing a go.
I've won medals!
In 2016, I was able to take part in Race for Life in my new race-ready wheelchair. I’ve since competed in various championships and won medals in several races. But most importantly, I’ve been able to conceive again and had my second daughter, Emily, in 2015. I’m so proud to be able to keep up with my daughters now, and can’t wait to see where wheelchair racing takes me.