‘I’ve gone from a size 32 to a 10’
When she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 38-year-old Sarah Alexander from Diss, Norfolk knew it was time to take control of her weight. She's lost a jaw-dropping 9st 5lb* in 13 months - discover how right here...
You’ve got Type 2 diabetes.’ Five words that completely changed my life. Until that moment in my GP’s surgery I’d resigned myself to being overweight forever. Now, I was desperate to make a real lifestyle change – not follow some quick-fix diet. With the support of my partner Dan, I was determined to succeed.
"When I joined Slimming World, I could barely walk to the shops without getting out of breath. I wouldn’t go clothes shopping, and found it impossible to buy a bra that fitted – even a 40L wasn’t big enough. And I wouldn’t look in full-length mirrors.
"That all changed once the weight started to come off. I was losing inches so quickly I had to buy my outfits from eBay and charity shops. Belts were my saviour – I’d belt in my tops as they became too baggy. Now I’m a size 10, I love shopping. I’m happier to show my legs in skirts and dresses, and I can buy gorgeous bras – no more frumpy ‘hammocks’ for me!
The day I got to target was the happiest of my life. On top of being slimmer than I’d ever dreamed possible, my doctor confirmed that I no longer had Type 2 diabetes symptoms. I shed quite a few tears of delight.
"I also started running and even completed a 10k charity race! Can you believe it? It was the best therapy for me – I’d never felt so well, emotionally as well as physically. Then I received the devastating news that I had osteoarthritis in my knees and had to stop running. At first I was worried that I’d gain back all the weight I’d lost! Then, instead of giving up, I carried on Food Optimising and started walking everywhere, some days clocking up 6 or 7 miles. The weight started dropping off me so I lowered my target even more.
"The thing I love about Slimming World is that I can live life to the full and still feel in control. In fact, when I got back off a recent holiday I wasn’t even worried about my small gain. I got straight back on plan and started walking again – I was back at target within a week! Slimming World really is the best!”
Sarah shares the tips, tricks and treats that spurred her to success
- When I’m out and about I keep a Nakd Banana Bread bar in my handbag for an easy, filling snack between meals – they’re 4½ Syns a bar.
- For every half stone I lost, I treated myself to a CD, and for each stone I bought myself a beautiful bead to go on a necklace. I wear it every day.
- Mum and I booked a holiday in Dalyan, Turkey, to celebrate me getting to target, and enjoyed it so much we’re going to go away together more often. I sold all my old clothes (which went up to size 32) to fund the trip – I’m never going to need those again.
- I took up lots of exercise – running, walking and aqua aerobics – and soon got all my Body Magic awards! I also bought myself a fitness ball so I could tone up at home.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
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