Loss of weight has given me my life back

Stockport Express - - Front Page - EMMA CURRY [email protected] @em­malouise­curry

VICKY Day makes cakes for a liv­ing – and her hus­band makes bis­cuits – but with willpower and de­ter­mi­na­tion she has lost five and a half stone.

The mum-of-two from Stock­port says her weight loss has ‘given her life back’

Vicky, 40, said she is now able to en­joy her life with her two young daugh­ters and hus­band An­drew.

At her heav­i­est, Vicky topped 15 and a half stone, wear­ing a dress size 20. She hated look­ing in mir­rors and rarely had pho­tos taken with her daugh­ters Char­lotte, six, and Emily three.

Now, hav­ing slimmed down with a healthy diet plan and fit­ness pro­gramme with the Stock­port-based Lean Body Project, she is get­ting to en­joy her fig­ure and can’t stop tak­ing self­ies with her daugh­ters.

Vicky, who is 5ft 3, now weighs 10 stone and wears a size 10.

She runs her suc­cess­ful Queen of Cakes busi­ness from her home in Red­dish.

Mak­ing ex­tra cup­cakes to snack on and lick­ing the spoon at the end of bakes saw Vicky’s weight creep up – while hus­band An­drew, who makes Jaffa Cakes at the McVi­ties fac­tory in Stock­port, would reg­u­larly bring sweet treats home.

Vicky said: “I’d over­bake a few cup­cakes and eat them, it is hard hav­ing cakes and cho­co­lates around you all day and lick­ing your fingers, it’s dif­fi­cult be­cause you just don’t think what you’re eat­ing! It’s all about chang­ing your mind­set.

“You can eas­ily eat an ex­tra 1,000 calo­ries a day with­out think­ing about it.”

With Vicky’s 40th birth­day ap­proach­ing, she fi­nally de­cided she had to tackle her weight.

“I was about to turn 40, but I’d not got one pic­ture of me with my chil­dren be­cause I hated the way I looked, I wanted to get healthy and en­joy my kids, I felt like I couldn’t do any­thing with them,” she said.

“Af­ter two preg­nan­cies I’d just got lethar­gic.

“Be­cause I was turn­ing 40, my sis­ter put me into a com­pe­ti­tion and I won a month to do per­sonal train­ing at Lean Body PT.

“I was out of breath af­ter two min­utes. But I stuck with it, and work­ing out with a group of all women was in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive.”

The next thing was for Vicky to tackle her bad eat­ing habits. Be­fore start­ing her cake busi­ness Vicky had worked in the NHS and had got into the habit of starv­ing her­self all day at work and liv­ing off Diet Cokes, then binge­ing on a big take­away ev­ery night when she got home.

But her train­ers at the gym ad­vised Vicky on meal prepa­ra­tion, and she now eats five small meals through­out the day to keep her en­ergy sta­ble and not get hun­gry.

“Be­fore, I wouldn’t eat any­thing all day, I would be ab­so­lutely starv­ing, pick­ing at the chil­dren’s meals, and then I’d live off a take­away. It would be a dif­fer­ent one ev­ery night, chips, McDon­alds, Chi­nese, there wasn’t a limit to what I’d eat and I’d eat the same por­tion as a man would eat.

“Now I have five small meals a day - two eggs in the morn­ing, protein shake and banana, lean tur­key mince with veg­eta­bles, tuna wrap and salad, and stir fry with mince­meat and I’m never hun­gry.”

When she hit her 10 stone tar­get, Vicky’s gym or­gan­ised a glam­orous photo shoot to show her just how far she had come.

Vicky said: “Do­ing the photo shoot was a mas­sive thing for me as I’d al­ways go and hide from the cam­era, but now I in­sti­gate hav­ing pic­tures taken with me, and I have loads of pic­tures up in my house with my chil­dren.

“I’ve been over­weight all my life, I’ve been big all my life, even though I was healthy at school I’ve al­ways been the fat­test in my group and now I’m the small­est.

“It feels like I’ve got my life back, I don’t dread go­ing out with friends, I can pick any­thing out of my wardrobe to wear, I can just go out on the beach and run with my girls, I don’t have to worry that I’m hid­ing some­thing. With­out be­ing over­dra­matic it’s given me a life.”

Now, Vicky makes sure she doesn’t over-bake on her cake or­ders, but still has the oc­ca­sional treat, and her goal now is to keep ex­er­cis­ing to tone up her ‘mummy tummy.’

Damien Coates from Lean Body Project, based in Stock­port town cen­tre, said Vicky was a shin­ing ex­am­ple of what hard work and ded­i­ca­tion can achieve.

He said: “Our typ­i­cal clients are busy women, who have pre­vi­ously strug­gled to get re­sults or know what to do. Vicky is a great ex­am­ple of some­one who is re­ally busy with work and fam­ily but has still trained three times a week – and it has reaped the re­wards.”

●●Vicky Day be­fore and af­ter her big weight loss

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