‘MY WEIGHT SEEMED TO BE A CUSHION TO STOP ANY MORE HURT’
Defiant Caroline beat despair to lose 5st
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