Nurse fi­nally finds slim­ming suc­cess af­ter over­com­ing post-surgery com­fort eat­ing


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WHEN Anita Temperley was rushed into hospi­tal with a se­vere stom­ach ache in July 2014, she never pre­dicted where the ex­pe­ri­ence would lead her. The nurse – who has since be­come a Slim­ming World con­sul­tant for the Mill­brook Group – had to have an emer­gency colostomy af­ter her bowel per­fo­rated.

As a nurse, she knew there was a risk of weight gain and de­vel­op­ing a her­nia around the site of the colostomy. Then, 16 months later, her worst fears were re­alised when an in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed she had de­vel­oped two her­nias.

Anita said: “My weight had been ris­ing since my first op­er­a­tion as I was com­fort eat­ing and no longer mov­ing around like I used to. I also en­joyed hav­ing a few glasses of red wine at the week­end, take­aways, and sand­wiches – all of which were made with but­ter and lots of may­on­naise.” Fur­ther surgery to re­pair the her­nias meant even more com­fort eat­ing. “My stom­ach just got big­ger with the her­nia and I ate more and more – I had given up all hope of ever be­ing a size eight or 10 again,” added Anita. Around this time, she be­gan de­vel­op­ing pain in her hip and back, which was steadily get­ting worse. “While I was re­cov­er­ing from a third op­er­a­tion, in De­cem­ber 2016, my cousin showed me photos of a re­cent fam­ily day out – I was hor­ri­fied,” said Anita. “I didn’t recog­nise my­self. Af­ter three ab­dom­i­nal surg­eries in two-and-a-half years, I’d gone up to a size 14 or 16. “I no longer recog­nised the per­son look­ing back at me in the mir­ror, but no mat­ter what I did, I couldn’t lose the weight.”

I no longer recog­nised the per­son look­ing back at me in the mir­ror, but I couldn’t lose the weight

Anita Temperley Anita knew she wanted to lose the weight, but couldn’t do it alone. Af­ter see­ing a sign for Slim­ming World in Mill­brook, Staly­bridge, she de­cided to give them a ring. “It took me a few days to find the courage, but once I did, Al­li­son, my con­sul­tant, was lovely and talked me through the process of join­ing and put me at ease.

“Two days later I fi­nally walked through the door.” “As I lis­tened to Al­li­son ex­plain the plan, there were two things on my mind: Could I still have a drink with friends on a Fri­day night? And could I eat may­on­naise?” added Anita.

“Amaz­ingly, I dis­cov­ered that I could still have all my favourite foods, never feel hun­gry, and still lose weight. I even dis­cov­ered a great recipe to re­place my favourite Sin­ga­pore noo­dle take­away – and it tasted even bet­ter.

“Ev­ery­one at group was re­ally sup­port­ive from the mo­ment I started and they all un­der­stood how I felt. No­body judged me and I knew straight away that I would lose the weight if I fol­lowed what Al­li­son had told me. I even won the raf­fle on the first night – tak­ing home plenty of healthy fruit and veg­eta­bles.” Anita Temperley af­ter her Slim­ming World suc­cess

Anita knew los­ing weight would re­duce the risk of fur­ther surgery, and her GP and hospi­tal con­sul­tant were both right be­hind her. It took Anita five months to reach her tar­get weight of 9st 8.5lbs. She said: “I no longer have back and hip pain and, when I look in the mir­ror, I see me again! My suc­cess has in­spired me to help other peo­ple to achieve their weight loss dreams.” Visit Anita’s Slim­ming World group ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Re­vive Church, Hud­der­s­field Road, Mill­brook.

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