‘I’ve got so much more energy’
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.
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