‘I’d al­ways wanted to work with kids’

Woman (UK) - - Women Like You -

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.’

Scary fu­ture

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

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