How I Ran Off 10st
How I ran it off
One woman’s inspiring story of recovery and renewal
My old life
My weight had always been up and down. But when I lost a baby to miscarriage at 22 weeks I turned to food for comfort.
Then I gave birth to twins in 2006. I had to take lots of bed rest during the pregnancy and piled on more weight.
Being overweight bothered me a lot. And as a health visitor, I was hardly a good role model.
Everything was a struggle. Just walking around was difficult and I’d keep my head down in clothes shops because I knew nothing would fit me.
I developed pneumonia in April 2015. In hospital, there was a woman, larger than me, using oxygen to breathe. I realised I was going the same way and resolved to lose weight.
I wrote down a list of all the reasons why I wanted to do it. I joined Weightwatchers as soon as I was out of hospital.
My husband, Nick, has run for years. I’d always said, ‘I can’t do it.’ But when I took the kids to join the local running club, Stafford Harriers, they were starting a beginners’ course and I signed up. I was running 5K comfortably by Christmas.
I started running purely for health. I was surprised to find I enjoyed it. I go to the gym now, too.
Stafford Harriers have been amazing. I’d never have done it without their support. One of the coaches helped me train for the Birmingham 10K in May and I’ve done a few more 10Ks since.
Everything is easier now: doing my job, family outings, even my asthma has improved.
I shop a lot more. My old clothes don’t fit me now. Sometimes people who haven’t seen me for a while don’t recognise me.
I go to Weightwatchers every week. Since starting dieting in April 2015 I’ve lost weight every week apart from two. It’ll always be hard not to overeat but as long as I run, I’m fine.
Jenni Beckett Hometown Cannock, Staffs Height 5ft 4in Age 36 Weight before 20st 11lb Weight now 10st 9lb Weight lost 10st 2lb