Lit­tle Pick Me Ups

Af­ter see­ing her hol­i­day snaps, Ab­bie Car­ney, 28, from Bish­op­ton, needed a change

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Switch­ing on my lap­top, I stared at the frumpy woman look­ing

back at me, and I barely recog­nised her as me. A few weeks be­fore, I’d been on a Mediter­ranean cruise with my hus­band David, 29. I’d been so un­happy with the clothes I was tak­ing with me, but they were the only ones that fit. And now, the pic­tures from our hol­i­day were the fi­nal straw. ‘I look aw­ful,’ I said. Step­ping on the scales, I was shocked to find that I weighed 9st 12lb. I knew I wasn’t huge, but for my 5ft 2in frame, I was over­weight – and un­happy.

While work­ing long hours at a bank, my weight had crept up over the years.

I hardly ever took a lunch break and would end up snack­ing on un­healthy meal deals. ‘This needs to change,’ I said. The next day, I threw out all the junk food from the house.

Later, I came across the Skinny Cof­fee Club on In­sta­gram.

The pro­gramme in­volved drink­ing healthy cof­fee gran­ules and fol­low­ing their eight-week diet plan.

With noth­ing to lose, I de­cided to give it a go.

Soon, I had cut out all ar­ti­fi­cial sug­ars from my diet, and was eat­ing more sen­si­ble por­tions.

I started ex­er­cis­ing, do­ing car­dio and weight train­ing, go­ing to classes at the gym, and even went jog­ging in the evenings.

A week later, I stood on the scales again.

‘I’ve lost 4lb!’ I cried ex­cit­edly.

It re­ally gave me the mo­ti­va­tion to carry on.

I was fo­cus­ing on what I was achiev­ing rather than on what I couldn’t have.

As the weight con­tin­ued to drop, I also no­ticed that my en­ergy lev­els had gone up, and I no longer felt so lethar­gic.

A few weeks later, my mum Ruth came over. ‘You look amaz­ing!’ she said. My weight loss even en­cour­aged her to join a Slim­ming World group.

While we were fol­low­ing dif­fer­ent pro­grammes, Mum and I shared tips and even started ex­er­cis­ing to­gether.

A year later, I’d reached my

tar­get weight of 7st 9lb, and since then, I’ve man­aged to main­tain a healthy 7st 11lb.

I’m so glad I found Skinny Cof­fee Club when I did.

I’ve learnt that if I just keep mo­ti­vated, I can main­tain a healthy, steady weight.

I’m so much hap­pier and con­fi­dent now.

It’s com­pletely changed my life.

I was so de­ter­mined

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