Our weight-loss star, Lisa Spink, lost 3 stone. Here’s her inspiring story
My dieting wake-up call
After seeing how a colleague lost weight and thinking how fantastic she looked, I knew it was time for me to change. I wanted to feel good about myself, which I hadn’t since my mid-20s. I’d lost 2st when we moved house six years ago – but that was mainly due to all the stress of moving, unpacking and setting up our new home, as well as being a mum and housewife and everything that involves. It wasn’t down to any healthy eating plan or exercise, but more a case of me skipping meals and trying to cut out the wrong foods. This way of eating didn’t last long, of course, and I soon piled extra weight back on.
What worked for me
My shape has changed due to regular exercise classes, and for the first time in my life I can now fit into size 10–12 clothes. My confidence has grown and I’ve learned to both like and love myself again. I have more energy, both at home and at work, and love nothing more than being on the move and keeping busy. I can honestly say that the exercise classes are a major part of my life now and that I absolutely love going to every single one of them.
My advice for staying on track
Keep strong, especially in the first week. Once you find you’ve lost weight in the second week, you’ll get a much-needed boost of confidence and the willpower to carry on. Take one day at a time and keep thinking about the end result. Accept that one of the hardest parts of any weight-loss programme is not just about losing the weight, but also maintaining it and keeping it off.
*Weight-loss results will vary and are down to your individual circumstances and the amount of weight you have to lose.