I have been overweight since I can remember; I always knew this as well. When I was 16 I managed to lose some weight bringing myself down to a fitted size 14. However, by the age of 17 I had gained the weight I had lost and more. By the age of 19 I had reached a size 18/20. Over the years I never liked how I looked, I always had a want to change this but when you’re that big getting to an average size seems so far away. However, I wasn’t just overweight I was terribly unfit. I was allowing so many health risks to occur from being this size. I knew I could change I just didn’t think I had the willpower to do it.

It was then my friend told me about NSCC, that her sister had been going there and managed to lose a stone so far. As I’d never really dieted other than when I was 16, I thought this sounded like a good thing to try. When I lost weight before at 16 I considered it a diet and I think that’s where I went wrong as once I started to get comfortable in the way I looked I let the ‘diet’ slip.

This time it wasn’t a ‘diet’ it was a change in lifestyle – not changing what I ate so drastically to lose weight, not something that I would never be able to maintain. I started eating healthier, completely healthy really. Allowing myself one treat meal a week, a rather drastic change but I have never been someone to do something in halves. This also taught me that I didn’t actually need treats that they were something to enjoy rather than eat them all the time. So I changed my portions so they were moderate and balanced, thanks to the NSC staff teaching what’s actually in the food I was putting into my body.

I’ve lost nearly 5 stone and my portion sizes have never really changed. Now what I eat daily is normal for me, even when I go on holiday I find myself looking for healthier options – I still have more treats than when I’m at home but I know that stops when I get home, I go back to my normal. Now looking back it feels like it’s happened so quickly, I wish I hadn’t let the fear of it being so hard and taking so long stop me. I’ve been quite determined throughout but at times where I’ve been low the staff at NSCC gave me the motivation. Other than changing the food I was eating and the quantity, I changed my mind set to wanting to be healthy. I found that when I did this, it became rather easy because I knew what I had to eat to lose weight. This makes it easier for me to continue to get to my ideal weight and keep it off. This is the one thing that I say when people ask me about losing weight. I tell them that until you understand what is in what you eat you won’t be in full control of your weight. I also recommend that going to a weekly weigh-in were you can see the numbers on the scale going down and having a good support system at the place you go to is what keeps you going even when you have a bad week. I feel a lot more confident with the way I look now and my fitness levels have risen. I can finally wear the clothes I like that actually showcase my figure.

What was your starting weight and what are you now?

I was 15.7 stone I am now 11.4 stone.

How do you deal with boredom in your dieting program?

The realisation that you only have to eat when you are hungry and also keeping active.

What are your three best dieting tips you’d like to share?

1. Be aware of what you’re eating.
2. Always know there is a way to get where you want to be.
3. Keep a vision of what you’d like to look like at your goal.

Are there any foods that you completely avoid and never eat?

No, all foods are okay in moderation but to lose weight keep carbs to a minimum.

What would you say to someone who wanted to lose a large amount of weight?

Anyone can lose weight it’s all about believing in yourself and having the motivation to do it.

*Please note individual results may vary & these results are not guaranteed.