Pic­ture PER­FECT

Becky Pe­abody, 45, from Som­er­set, knew she had to make a change…

Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life -

Stand­ing in the shop, I flipped through the mag­a­zine ex­cit­edly. ‘I won­der what page I’m on?’ I said to my hus­band Jeff. Flip­ping the page over, there I was, beam­ing at the cam­era. ‘I look aw­ful!’ I cried to Jeff. Just re­cently, I’d been asked to pose for an ar­ti­cle about my busi­ness.

But, if I’d re­alised just how big I ac­tu­ally was, I would never have agreed!

In my 20s, I was di­ag­nosed with poly­cys­tic ovaries.

One of the side ef­fects is weight gain, so no mat­ter how care­ful I was with food, the pounds kept creep­ing on.

Af­ter hav­ing my daugh­ter So­phie in 1999, then my son Sam in 2002, I just couldn’t shift the baby weight.

To make things worse, run­ning around the kids all the time meant I’d just grab any­thing to snack on for ex­tra en­ergy.

And, at 14st 10lb and just 5ft 2in, I was very over­weight.

Later that year, I started my own busi­ness, Dots and Spots – a quirky sta­tionery com­pany.

Af­ter see­ing my

blog, a mag­a­zine got in touch to see if I would ap­pear in a fea­ture.

I was thrilled to get the pub­lic­ity, but when the pho­tog­ra­pher ar­rived, I was filled with dread. Ev­ery­one will see my tummy rolls

and dou­ble chin, I thought. I was ter­ri­fied of see­ing the fi­nal ar­ti­cle, and I was right to be.

Des­per­ate to slim down, I joined Slim­ming World.

I pinned the of­fend­ing photo to the fridge and, if I ever craved cake or sweets, I’d stop my­self.

I started post­ing snaps of my meals on In­sta­gram, forc­ing my­self to think about what I was eat­ing. In just a week, I lost 4lb. By the fol­low­ing year, I was down to 8st 10lb.

Now, I have so much more en­ergy and I’ve even dyed my hair blonde – like it was in my 20s.

And I have no more prob­lems pos­ing for pho­tos!

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