Sarah: I avoided exercise – now I have a gym body!

Long shifts in a busy hospital left nurse Sarah relying on unhealthy convenience food to get through the day. But after discovering the feel-good power of exercise and healthy eating, she’s totally transformed her life
"I started doing weight training and loved how my body became more toned and athletic. "

Weight Watchers member Sarah

Start weight: 16st 12lb | Weight loss: 5st 2lb 
Current weight: 11st 10lb 
Height: 5' 7" |  Age: 37
Meeting: Stevenage
Coach: Mandy Bryan

I’d been overweight

my whole life, always snacking on the wrong foods at the wrong times. When I started my nursing job in my 20s, I worked odd shifts and relied on packets of crisps and unhealthy ready-meals to get me through.

I hated socialising

because I felt as though I was the fat, ugly friend. I threw myself into my work instead, taking shifts over Christmas, New Year, birthdays... it was my way of hiding from the world. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my hips hurt so much I had to use crutches towards the end. And after Isabelle was born I was shocked to see my weight had ballooned to nearly 18st.

I needed to get fit,

so I started going out walking for 15 minutes a day, which soon built up to an hour. Before long I could feel my body changing. Clothes felt looser, I was getting a slimmer waist. I started running, and it made me feel free.

I joined a local gym,

but I was petrified at first. I signed up for a 10-week programme with a personal trainer and it was a revelation. I started doing weight training and loved how my body became more toned and athletic. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to do a course and qualify as a personal trainer, to help others change, just like I did.