FAT BURNER’S DI­ARY

How one reader lost 8st in 14 months for the sake of her son

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

THEN

In Septem­ber 2014, at the age of 26, I gave birth to my first son – he was de­liv­ered at 21 weeks and didn’t make it. Six months later, I found out I was preg­nant again. It was a roller­coaster of emo­tions and I was so anx­ious about the out­come. My son, Wil­liam, was born three months early in De­cem­ber 2015 and spent two months in in­ten­sive care. Dur­ing that time, and my first preg­nancy, the weight had piled on. Con­stantly at hos­pi­tal, I lived on con­ve­nience food, and be­ing a sleep-de­prived new mum meant tak­ing care of my­self was never top pri­or­ity. By Wil­liam’s first birth­day, I was 18st 4lbs and couldn’t jump on the bouncy cas­tle with him without wheez­ing. I re­alised my weight was stop­ping me from be­ing the best mum pos­si­ble.

HOW

I signed up to Slim­ming World and my diet did a com­plete 180. I went from skip­ping break­fast, hav­ing lunchtime sand­wiches and nightly takeaways to eat­ing a healthy full English in the morn­ing, a chicken salad for lunch and a home-cooked meal ev­ery evening. I lost 2st in three months. With new­found con­fi­dence, I de­cided to bite the bul­let and start ex­er­cis­ing. I bought a Fit­bit and down­loaded a couch to 5k app. The grad­ual ap­proach meant that, even from my low level of fit­ness, it was man­age­able – within three months, I could run the full 5k. And the ex­er­cise on top of my new diet meant the weight just kept dropping off.

NOW

I run three times a week th­ese days, and have grad­u­ally built up my dis­tance over time. I also do one strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sion and a home HIIT work­out twice a week to keep my body in good con­di­tion for run­ning. Ev­ery ses­sion, I try to push my­self a lit­tle bit more. In April, I ran the Lon­don Marathon, which felt like an amaz­ing achieve­ment. Pri­ori­tis­ing work­ing out is a huge chal­lenge, but I feel so much bet­ter for it.

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