‘Now Omar has the happy, healthy mum he deserves'
While she was pregnant, Noha El Baghdady from Farnborough, Hampshire enjoyed all the high-cal food she loved - but it didn’t stop after nine months! She's lost 7st 8lbs* and shares her inspiring story here...
When I found out I was expecting, I was pretty slim. I used my pregnancy as a chance to indulge in all the naughty foods, like cake, pizza and chocolate, that I’d denied myself during years of yo-yo dieting. I thought the weight I gained would come off as soon as the baby arrived. Instead, takeaways, a sedentary lifestyle and a love of delicious (and, sadly, oily) Egyptian food meant I just kept getting bigger, until my trousers were too tight to fasten.
"I was often miserable and felt like a failure as a mum – running around after Omar was exhausting. I knew I had to do something, especially as my beloved dad had been overweight and had suffered from heart disease and diabetes.
"I’d failed at many diets over the years, so I never imagined Slimming World might work for me. But when I joined Lezley-Anne’s group in September 2012 I was inspired, and the next day I took myself off to the supermarket to buy supplies of fresh vegetables, meat and fish.
In my first week I lost 4lbs – it was the proof I needed to dedicate myself 100 per cent to changing my lifestyle.
"It was time to stop relying on fast food and learn how to make low-Syn versions of Egyptian dishes like stuffed vine leaves, vegetable dips and stews. I don’t think it would have worked if I’d had to faff about doing lots of weighing and measuring, or if I hadn’t been allowed to have my favourite indulgences when I fancied them.
"I reached my target weight in exactly one year, then decided I’d like to lose a little more. I’m now an energetic wife and mother who can fi t into size-8 skinny jeans! I never had the energy to exercise before I slimmed down – now I love going swimming with Omar, playing ball or just running around being silly together. I think we have a better relationship simply because I wake up each day feeling happy and proud of myself, instead of frumpy and self-critical. Children are definitely aware of these things – and Omar loves having a happy, active, fun mum."
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.