‘MY WEIGHT SEEMED TO BE A CUSH­ION TO STOP ANY MORE HURT’

De­fi­ant Caro­line beat de­spair to lose 5st

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON AND MAR­CUS HUGHES news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

CARO­LINE Wil­liams be­came se­ri­ously over­weight af­ter the agony of suf­fer­ing four mis­car­riages in just two years. Twelve months later, in 2008, she hit rock bot­tom when she di­vorced her hus­band.

But the 41-year-old has re­vealed how fi­nally fac­ing those de­mons helped her lose more than 5st in less than a year.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s dev­as­tat­ing but you keep go­ing be­cause you keep be­ing told that it doesn’t al­ways happen,” she said.

Life even­tu­ally took a turn for the bet­ter when she met Ni­cholas, now her fi­ancé.

“He was like my knight in shin­ing ar­mour,” Caro­line said.

“Once I found my­self in a new re­la­tion­ship it wasn’t the be-all and end-all, it was like: one day maybe it will happen.

“Nic loved me for who I was, he didn’t care about my strug­gles to have chil­dren, he just wanted me.”

Caro­line un­der­went treat­ment to try to cor­rect the cause of her mis­car­riages and put the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing a mother to the back of her mind.

While things seemed fine on the sur­face, the retail worker from Church Vil­lage, Rhondda Cynon Taf, kept pil­ing on the pounds.

“Deep down I was still bit­terly un­happy and very de­pressed about my mis­car­riages,” she said.

“To the world I was the same bub­bly and con­fi­dent girl I al­ways was, but to my near­est and dear­est they could see my un­hap­pi­ness was hav­ing a ter­ri­ble im­pact on me.

“My weight seemed to be a cush­ion that I put around my­self to stop any more hurt from get­ting in.”

By Septem­ber 2012 she was weigh­ing in at al­most 17 stone.

She tried var­i­ous di­ets and “quick fixes” but on­lyy man­aged to lose a sma l l amount be­fore putting the weight back on.

A fam­ily hol­i­day left her feel­ing even more de­pressed.

“I was pet­ri­fied of sit­ting by the pool and there were days that I just loathed the way I looked and thought that ev­ery­one was star­ing at me.”

Then, in Oc­to­ber 2012, she found out she was preg­nant. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Ben­jamin Peter, at the Royal Glam­or­gan Hos­pi­tal, Llantrisant.

“We were com­pletely be­sot­ted with our lit­tle mir­a­cle, and still are.

“It was scary, ob­vi­ously, be­cause I just didn’t be­lieve it would happen.”

How­ever, fo­cus­ing on moth­er­hood and work life, she was now tip­ping the scales at her heav­i­est weight of 18st 3lb. An “up­set­ting com­ment” from a stranger sparked a change.

“In that mo­ment, I took a deep breath and de­cided to try the only thing I had left.

“I had never been to Slim­ming World be­fore, but had heard so much about it.

“Deep down, I was so de­fi­ant and bit­ter that I ju s t de­cided to give it a go, and then I could say that I had tried ev­ery­thing and that I was just meant to be over­weight for­ever.

“I was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied of fail­ure.”

She walked through the doors of the Church Vil­lage group on Oc­to­ber 19, 2016, and has now, 40 weeks later, shrunk from a size 24 to a 14, los­ing over five stone.

“I felt to­tally at ease from the minute I walked in,” she said.

“I just have so much more en­ergy and to hear peo­ple say how good I look, it’s com­pletely life-chang­ing. Now I’ve got a new ca­reer out of it, it’s even more crazy.”

Caro­line has been named Woman of the Year 2017 at her Slim­ming World group in Ton­teg, as well as now be­ing a con­sul­tant for the group at Ton­teg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

She added: “I had dreamt of be­ing a mummy, and never thought it pos­si­ble, but I also ended up yummy.”

Caro­line Wil­liams has been named Woman of the Year at her Slim­ming World group af­ter los­ing more than 5st

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