Af­ter los­ing 16st I have to ad­mit I feel pretty awe­some

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Once hit­ting the scales at 30 stone, Julie Fitz­patrick has lost a phe­nom­e­nal 16 stone and her con­fi­dence is at an all time high!

THROUGH­OUT my life I have al­ways been over­weight and have tried ev­ery diet un­der the sun. I would set my­self a goal for a wed­ding or Christ­mas, but as soon as the event was over the weight would go back on. In 2009 I lost seven stone, but put 10 stone on the fol­low­ing year, that’s the way I was, up and down over the years.

In 2015 I lost my dad who I was very close to sud­denly and within three months I put on a fur­ther three stone. I was eat­ing through my grief and pretty soon I re­alised that I was a heart at­tack wait­ing to hap­pen.

My health was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, and I knew if I didn’t do some­thing about my weight I wouldn’t be around for much longer. It came to a stage that even walk­ing across the room had me out of breath.

In Jan­uary 2016 I made the de­ci­sion that it was my time to make a change. I walked into my lo­cal Unislim class in Port­laoise and got a big shock when I stepped on the scales and saw my weight, but my leader Breda said ‘It’s only a num­ber Julie, you can do this.’

Straight away the Unislim plan made sense to me, it was all about eat­ing real food. I started cook­ing for my­self and fo­cused on eat­ing three meals and two healthy snacks ev­ery day. Now I am never hun­gry and I don’t de­prive my­self of any­thing. I am in con­trol of food now whereas be­fore the food was con­trol­ling me.

Ex­er­cise was my stum­bling block but I knew I had to start some­where so I be­gan walk­ing around a ten­nis court near my home. At the start, I could only walk for 12 min­utes but now, just two years later, I’m walk­ing for an hour ev­ery day. I also love go­ing to dance classes and have started train­ing for a Couch to 5K. I’m fit­ter than ever!

To keep my­self fo­cused, I set my­self mini goals and chal­lenges and worked to­wards them month by month. I be­lieve I can reach my goal and I am not giv­ing up.

My con­fi­dence and en­ergy lev­els have ab­so­lutely soared since join­ing Unislim. It’s just amaz­ing! I love the clothes I can wear now and my new shape, I used to cover up be­fore – but now I can wear what I like and feel great. I can even walk across the swim­ming pool in my swim­suit and not care who’s look­ing at me —that’s the level of con­fi­dence I now have. I’m a lot hap­pier, a lot health­ier. Peo­ple al­ways said that I was the life and soul of the party but no­body knows what goes on be­hind closed doors — my weight was both­er­ing me. I al­ways wished I could do some­thing about it and now I have.

I am so proud of my­self and of what I have achieved.

It’s only since I reached 16 stone weight loss that I’ve said to my­self ‘You know, I am pretty damn awe­some’.

My health has gone from rock bot­tom to top level. I am now off all blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion and my blood sugar and choles­terol lev­els are per­fect now.

I’ve never been so healthy in my life and it’s all thanks to the fan­tas­tic Unislim plan — it has re­ally changed my life.

And though I am still on my weight loss adventure, I know my Dad is look­ing down at me smil­ing and say­ing, ‘I so proud of you’.

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