‘Dream to be slim’
“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 my dress was 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.”
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. If I could just reprogramme how I think…..”
including diet pills, but always ended up putting 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. Then 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 asked if I ate in secret I had to admit, Yes, all the time. For example, I eat a block of cheese while cooking, but I don’t count it. Or, I’ll eat five chocolate bars, but 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 focused and I started losing weight immediately. Because I really wanted it to work so much, that’s why I was so successful. I can eat whatever I choose – it’s just making the right choices. As carbs were my biggest downfall in the past, I choose to cut them out as much as possible. Knowing I’ll feel ten times worse if I eat things like bread and pasta now, leads me to think there’s no point. I’d rather choose to eat something healthy and enjoy it!”
Now I just eat when I’m hungry and not for all the other reasons that I had in the past. Also, thanks to the hypnosis sessions I felt full eating much smaller portions. I also started eating much slower following the CBT sessions.”
Sarah’s weight is now just 9 stone 12lb: a total weight loss of 144 lbs. Her BMI is a healthy 23.8, her blood pressure is now normal, 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 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. Additionally, the Daily Mail and Daily Express Newspapers, and a number of national magazines have featured her success story.