Nurse finally finds slimming success after overcoming post-surgery comfort eating
AFTER AN EMERGENCY OPERATION, ANITA TEMPERLEY KNEW SHE WAS IN DANGER OF PUTTING ON EXCESS WEIGHT AND SO TURNED TO SLIMMING WORLD TO KEEP HERSELF HEALTHY
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.