Roly-poly COASTER

Zoey Pa­trick, 30, from Worces­ter, was mor­ti­fied when she couldn’t fit on a ride…

Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life Twisted -

Ac­tive as a teenager, into bal­let and tap, I was a size-12 when I first met my fi­ancé, Jack Dun­ham, then 21.

For­merly pri­mary school chums, we were rein­tro­duced by a mu­tual pal in 2017 and fell in love.

Soon preg­nant, I had our first daugh­ter Keira in Au­gust 2008.

At six-months-old, Keira de­vel­oped os­teomyeli­tis, a dan­ger­ous, rare con­di­tion that in­flames bone mar­row.

It’s usu­ally found in chil­dren in un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, but some­how Keira had con­tracted it.

My baby was bat­tling for her life!

I kept a bed­side vigil at Southamp­ton Gen­eral Hospi­tal for months.

My waist­line was the last thing on my mind as I lived on sug­ary en­ergy drinks and vend­ing ma­chine snacks, cur­ries or Chi­nese take­aways, to keep go­ing. Thank­fully, Keira was dis­charged be­fore Christ­mas, but we then still had to jug­gle nu­mer­ous hospi­tal ap­point­ments. I had our sec­ond daugh­ter, Darci, in Novem­ber 2011 and, fi­nally, Keira was given the all-clear in early 2014. As for my fig­ure? The dam­age was done. I’d been a size-14 af­ter hav­ing Keira, but now I’d grown

to a size-20.

At 5ft 9in tall, I thought I car­ried it well, but on a fam­ily trip to Le­goland in Au­gust 2014, I climbed on a ride with Keira, then five, and Darci, two…

Low­er­ing the safety bar, it wouldn’t fit over my bulging belly!

Mor­ti­fied, rather than ‘fess up, I risked it and held the bar down as the gen­tle ride went round.

‘I must lose weight,’ I cried to Jack af­ter.

That Septem­ber, I spot­ted a lo­cal Slim­ming World evening class – I weighed in at 14st 12lb.

Ditch­ing take­aways, I snacked on fat-free yo­ghurts and used low-cal spray to cook lean chicken stir-fires.

Shed­ding 1 stone in six weeks, 11 months on, I fi­nally hit 10st!

Now I’m a size-8, main­tain­ing 9st 10lb.

I’ve not re­turned to Le­goland with the kids yet, but I plan to soon.

This time, my bod will be a per­fect fit!

I was too fat to fit!

Look at me now!

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