Young mum Sara now half the woman she used to be

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Shedding The Pounds - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ A mother who was told by a mid­wife that her size made it im­pos­si­ble to hear her baby’s heart­beat dur­ing an ul­tra­sound has lost more than seven stone.

De­ter­mined Sara Roper, 31, shed the pounds af­ter join­ing Weight Watch­ers in Ash­ford three years ago.

Within two years, the mother of two went from 18 stone six pounds to a slim 11 stone four pounds.

Mrs Roper, from Willes­bor­ough, said: “I was in de­nial be­fore, but hear­ing that it would be dif­fi­cult to hear my son’s heart­beat be­cause I was over­weight was the shock I needed.”

As well as stick­ing to a diet and at­tend­ing weekly meet­ings,

‘When I try on clothes it is still a shock that they fit’

Mrs Roper took up run­ning and cy­cling in or­der to get fit.

She has now been at her goal weight since Fe­bru­ary last year.

She added: “I’m still get­ting used to my new weight. I haven’t been this slim since I was at school, so this is the first time as an adult that I’ve felt like this.

“When I try on clothes it is still a shock some­times that they fit.

“Even when I was at the cin­ema the other day, I thought to my­self, th­ese chairs are re­ally big, but be­fore it was me that was so big.”

Mrs Roper says she chose to join Weight Watch­ers be­cause the diet suited her life­style.

She added: “It doesn’t feel like a diet. You can still eat what you en­joy, but in moder­a­tion.”

Mrs Roper’s Weight Watch­ers leader, Michelle Lock­yer, said: “I feel very proud of Sara.

“She has gone from ex­er­cis­ing in a grave­yard so no-one would see to run­ning six miles in a go and cy­cling 35 miles.

“She has also joined a karate club with her daugh­ter. She is a true in­spi­ra­tion.”

Sara Roper, be­fore and af­ter los­ing seven stone with Weight Watch­ers

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