‘I’ve got so much more en­ergy’

Woman (UK) - - Women Like You -

nicky Dunne, 41, lives in northampton with her hus­band, Rob, and chil­dren, Jes­sica, 11, and Jamie, nine.

I gave a sigh and steeled my­self for the task ahead. Even though I’d done so many pedi­cures at my beauty salon, to­day it seemed like an ef­fort. I bent over and felt the weight of my chest pull me down. I strug­gled to breathe and barely man­aged to com­plete the treat­ment. ‘I can’t do this any more,’ I thought. Since hav­ing my sec­ond child, Jamie, I’d found be­ing self-em­ployed and look­ing af­ter a fam­ily hard go­ing.

Ex­hausted, I had given up cook­ing and re­lied on ready meals in­stead. Work­ing in the beauty in­dus­try, I’d con­stantly be think­ing about how I looked and as I be­came less happy with what I saw on the out­side, I knew my weight could be af­fect­ing me on the in­side, too.

Turn­around

Of­ten, when I was scrolling through In­sta­gram, I’d see posts from Slim­ming World mem­bers who’d lost so much weight that they were barely recog­nis­able. Could I do the same? I wanted to find out, so I joined my lo­cal Slim­ming World group. I switched to por­ridge for break­fast and I started cook­ing Slim­ming World ver­sions of my fast-food favourites, like spicy chicken with chips baked in low-calo­rie cook­ing spray and served with lots of veg.

Af­ter I’d lost 3st, I de­cided to join an out­door boot camp and asked Rob to come for sup­port. To­gether, we pulled tyres, did sprints, sit-ups, push-ups. I loved feel­ing health­ier and toned.

I re­alised how far I’d come when a client who I hadn’t seen for a while thought I’d taken on a new mem­ber of staff and I had to con­vince her I was really me! Now I’m more than 7st slim­mer and can spend the whole day on my feet, giv­ing treat­ments with­out feel­ing ex­hausted. When I catch a glimpse of my­self in a mir­ror, I feel noth­ing but pride.

‘i strug­gled To breathe’

Then: 17st 9lb Now: 11st 2½lb Height: 5ft 7in

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