‘I’d always wanted to work with kids’
Sophie Clarke, 30, lives in Peterborough with her husband, Liam, and their children, Freddie, eight, Carly-mai, six, Teghan, four, and twins Kayla and Katie, three.
‘What?!’ I said, squeezing my husband Liam’s hand. The ultrasound technician repeated it, ‘You’re having twins!’ We had three children already and would soon be a family of seven. I was still getting used to the idea, when the doctor said, ‘We’ll refer you to a specialist midwife. Your BMI is high and you’re developing gestational diabetes.’
Later, the midwife said, ‘You risk going on to develop Type 2 diabetes and heart problems.’ She added, ‘Unless you make changes, there’s a chance you won’t be there for these children as you grow up.’
I felt a lump in my throat as my thoughts went to my mum, Brenda, who’d been 42 when I’d lost her to cancer in my teens. After she’d died, I’d suffered anxiety and depression, and would turn to crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks for comfort. With my weight approaching 23st, I had asthma, lower-back pain and high blood pressure.
In October 2014, not long after my twins, Kayla and Katie, were born, I joined Slimming World. It was great to meet other mums and find out how they fitted their weight-loss plans around caring for their children. When I’d got down to my initial target of 10st 6½lb, I felt I could do anything. Filled with confidence, I applied for a job at a local nursery – and got it!
Now, Liam looks after the children while I run around after other people’s kids, before returning to my own brood with a huge smile on my face. Mum would be so proud to see the woman I am now.
nursery nurse Slimming world magazine is on sale now. To find your nearest group, visit slimmingworld. co.uk or call 0344 897 8000. Lost: 13st ½lb
Then: 22st 10½lb Now: 9st 10lb Height: 5ft 5in