The NEW BODY wait­ing to get out

For years, Kathryn Shack­le­ton hid her shape be­neath baggy clothes – but now she’s four stone lighter, noth­ing’s go­ing to hold her back

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Real Lives -

‘Danc­ing was al­ways my pas­sion. In my teens and early 20s, I’d go club­bing when­ever I could. It was great ex­er­cise, but mainly I loved the feel­ing of free­dom when I twirled around, per­fect­ing rou­tines. Back then, I was slim and con­fi­dent, proud of my long legs. But then I had two sons and couldn’t shift the baby weight. Soon af­ter, my re­la­tion­ship broke down and short of me-time, I stopped danc­ing. Over the years, my weight slowly crept up and my skin-tight jeans were re­placed with elas­ti­cated waists. A pho­to­graph fi­nally shook me out of my tor­por. I was sit­ting on the sofa and my face looked bloated and round, my legs mas­sive. My bath­room scales re­vealed I’d hit 16 stone, so I joined Slim­ming World. I found sup­port and friend­ship at the weekly meet­ings and my weight dropped steadily un­til I’d lost over four stone. I’ve barely ever worn a dress or skirt in 20 years, ter­ri­fied of ex­pos­ing my legs to the world. Now I’ve bought a cou­ple of fit­ted dresses and tight skirts. Los­ing weight has made my con­fi­dence soar. This year, I want to find a new job in se­cu­rity man­age­ment, and I’m open to shar­ing my life with some­one. But my first pri­or­ity is to get back to my first love – danc­ing. I’m more than ready for that.’

Kathryn wears: Shirt, Wal­lis. Skirt and shoes, both Zara

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