‘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
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