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