Sarah: I lost over 5st and rediscovered my love of cooking

Sarah’s love of junk food led to her piling on the pounds, but after rediscovering a love of cooking, she’s more than 5st lighter, and now her whole family’s enjoying healthy days out
Published 14 August, 2017

Sarah's story

Weight loss: 5st 7lb 
Start weight: 14st 5lb
Current weight: 8st 12lb
Goal weight: 9st 5lb
Age: 33
Height: 5ft 4in
Time taken so goal: 7 months
Studio: Hendon
Wellness Coach: Judy Silkoff

"I love knowing our kids will grow up with a positive attitude towards food"

Unhealthy relationship with food

I used to have an unhealthy relationship with food. I’d ‘fill up' on junk, but never actually feel full. But when I was expecting my first child, Lior, I started eating even more than usual – I was going to get bigger anyway, right? I was in total denial about gaining too much weight.

Getting to goal!

After years of yo-yo dieting and the birth of my second child, Elise, I was at my heaviest. I didn’t think I could find a diet that worked for me, but my mum talked me into trying WW. I joined in February, changed my approach to food, and got to goal seven months later!

Rediscovering my love of cooking

Summer used to be especially difficult. With so many family events and barbecues, it was hard not to gain weight – especially considering I’d fill my plate with chips, full-fat coleslaw, salads loaded with creamy dressings and plenty of pudding. But with WW, I rediscovered my love of cooking and found I could make healthier versions of all our summertime favourites, so I didn’t have to miss out.

I love picnics!

Now, it’s great to be able to go on picnics and still eat well. Instead of stodgy snacks, I make sure I pack houmous and raw veggies, wholemeal pittas filled with roast turkey, and lots of fruit like grapes and blueberries. 

Positive attitude to food

My husband, Nir, also joined WW, so summertime is even easier now. I love knowing our kids will grow up with a positive attitude towards food, and that even when it comes to days out, we can stay healthy and on track.