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‘I’ve gone from starving myself to lose weight, to eating pizza and losing 37lbs.’

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‘I was so unhappy with my weight, I began to starve myself.’

I used to work 14-hour shifts, 6 days a week in a restaurant. I would never have time to sit down and have a proper meal, so I’d just pick on food at work all day. It just means that I wasn’t actually aware of how much I was eating. It’d be a few chips here and some chocolate there, and before I knew it I’d piled on the pounds. I became so unhappy with my weight that I began to starve myself. I ended up going from a size 14 to a size 8 in just 3 months.

‘I would just not eat and it resulted in me having no energy.’

It definitely wasn’t healthy. I was tired all the time, I could barely get out of bed and my relationship with food was rock-bottom. I even started to smoke to suppress my appetite, which made me feel even worse. The worse it got, the worse I felt. I actually started turning to alcohol at night to compensate for how rubbish I felt.

It was around this time, I started a new relationship. I thought things were looking up but then things started to sour between me and my new partner. He became aggressive and I started to feel even worse about myself. Long story short, the relationship became abusive, and finally, I became depressed.

“I went from starving myself, to turning to food for comfort.” 

The weight just piled on again and I reached 14 stone at my heaviest. The only saving grace this time was having my daughter. She gave me the motivation to try and change my life. 

‘I had to be healthier for my daughter.’

I knew my relationship with both food and my partner weren’t healthy. I eventually plucked up the courage to leave, got out of the abusive relationship and decided I had to be healthier, both physically and mentally, for my daughter. Something needed to change.

I first attempted Slimming World with my sister-in-law a couple of years ago. I initially lost some weight, but then piled it all back on. It just wasn’t sustainable for me, I could only manage this sort of diet short term as I ended up binging at the weekends. I was back to square one.

It was around this time, I became pregnant again. My tough pregnancy, along with a relocation to Cornwall, sparked my comfort eating off again. Surprise, surprise, the weight piled back on. I was struggling to find the motivation to lose weight, but I hated the way I looked. I would barely move off the sofa and would even avoid walking my daughter to school. It was at breaking point again.

In December 2020, EVERYTHING changed. I found Team RH on Facebook and was instantly hooked. It was totally different to Slimming World, and that’s exactly what I needed.

‘I took the plunge and joined Team RH in January 2021.’

I found it daunting at first. There’s a lot of information to take in initially, but the advice and the coaching available on the help centre was amazing. The Facebook group was really supportive too, and soon I felt like I was slowly beginning to take back control.

My relationship with food and drink has totally changed for the better. I now know how to be healthy and lose fat, still eating the foods I enjoy, I just need to stick to my daily calories.

‘I can still have a pizza, and enjoy a night out with the plan.’

It’s a lifestyle for me - not a diet. That was the biggest lightbulb moment for me. My food fits around my work and my family, nothing is off-limits and I actually enjoy walking my daughter to school every day and getting my steps in!

 Whenever I start to struggle with inspiration to cook, I use the recipes section on the app for inspiration. I like cooking in batches for the family, as it’s just easier for me. It also means my kids are healthier because of it too. Fast-forward, 6 months in, and I’ve now lost over 37lbs.

‘I am now the role model I want to be for my kids.’

This plan works. It’s sustainable and changes your habits with food. If I had one piece of advice it would be don’t wait - I did and it cost me years of depression and lost time with my kids. Do it now and start today.

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