‘Dream to be slim’
– “I’d always been a bit chubby as a child, but my weight ballooned when I was prescribed steroid-based medication for asthma at the age of 9.” She was 13 stone by the time she was 11 years old, and weighed 19 stone at the age of 19. Her older sister Amanda has always been slim. Sarah says: “I spent my teenage years envying her. I wanted her hair, her style, and, most of all, her figure.”
“At a size 24, I must have been crazy to agree to a double wedding with my size 8 sister, but at the time I thought it was a great idea. I can still remember the pang I felt when I saw Amanda try on her understated white gown. She looked beautiful, whereas I’d been forced to have my dress custom made to fit my ever-expanding waistline. Our wedding should have been the most incredible day of my life. Instead I spent it feeling awkward and uncomfortable.”
being busy with my job as a travel agent, then using my two pregnancies as an excuse to eat. There was only a year between Harrison and Marshall, so I didn’t have chance to lose all the baby weight before I had the next one. I’d tried a few diets, but with no success, until I eventually gave up altogether, surviving on Mars Bars, pasta, fizzy drinks, double portions of take-aways and curries. By the time I was 27, I had reached my heaviest weight of 21 stone, and even my size 28 trousers were a tight fit.”
So on 1st January 2010, she made a New Year’s Resolution, and was determined she was to see it through “I didn’t want to be a fat mum. I didn’t want to die young and leave my kids without a mother, all because I had eaten my way to an early grave. I thought if I could just reprogramme how I think…..”
including diet pills, but always ended up put the weight back on again. She had researched Gastric Band Surgery and after reading about the many side effects, she decided it was not for her. The she saw an article about a girl who has lost a lot of weight with Martin and Marion’s weight loss therapy…
Her BMI was 46.7 and she was rated as morbidly obese. She had high blood pressure and was on medication for asthma, she was constantly tired and sometimes struggled just to walk. She just about managed to squeeze herself into size 24 clothes. After her sessions with Marion and Martin she went on to lose half her body weight – a massive total of 144lbs!
– thinking about my relationship with food and opening up about it. I didn’t realise some of the issues I had, until I talked about it, for example, how greedy I was. It totally changed my mindset and literally reprogrammed my relationship with food. When I was asked if I ate in secret I had to admit, Yes, all the time. I eat a block of cheese while cooking, but I don’t count it. I’ll eat five chocolate bars, but I tell myself I only had one. I live a lie.”
I was stuck in a cycle of feeling unhappy because I was fat and eating to fill the void. It was a vicious cycle. I had to learn to be honest with myself, kind to myself and eat food that was good for me.”
Not just to be a better mum, but to finally, truly like myself as a person. At the end of the sessions I felt so empowered. I knew something inside me had changed for good. I was very focussed – I started losing weight immediately. I wanted it to work and that’s why I was so successful. I can eat whatever I choose – it’s just making the right choices. I choose to cut out carbs as much as possible, as they were my biggest downfall in the past. I know I’ll feel ten times worse if I eat things like bread and pasta now, so there’s no point. I’d rather choose to eat something healthy and enjoy it!”
I just ate when I was hungry and not for all the other reasons that I had in the past, and the hypnosis sessions ensured that I automatically felt full on much smaller portions. I also started eating much slower following the CBT sessions.”
Sarah’s weight has dropped to 9 stone 12lb: a total weight loss of 144 lbs. Her BMI is a healthy 23.8, her blood pressure also reduced to a normal level, and the asthma is virtually non-existent. Sarah has a passion for running now and she has completed several half marathons.
She realised that she and Lee were growing apart, as he continued enjoying the former lifestyle they used to follow together, and they finally split up.
He was very proud of her impressive weight loss achievement and they soon fell in love. They got married in July 2015, and Sarah walked down the aisle for the second time, absolutely radiant, in her dream size 10, classic white gown, with a delicate lace veil.
“. I never knew I could look so elegant. Walking down the aisle for the second time, I felt as happy as I looked. Holding my two wedding photos side by side, even I’m sometimes shocked by how different they look.”
in both the UK and Australia, and her success story has been told in the Daily Mail and Daily Express Newspapers, as well as a number of national magazines.