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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Carlisle woman lost 11st due to 'determination'

A mum-of-two has proved you don’t need a miracle to lose weight, shedding more than 11 stone with will-power alone.

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Sarah Nevison - before and after

Sarah Nevison, of Gloucester Road, Currock, in Carlisle, dropped from a size 26/28 to 12/14 in just over 18 months.

And the 24-year-old said there were no fad diets or quick fixes, just healthy eating and some simple exercise.

At 13s 4lb she now feels happier, healthier and more confident and has the energy she needs to run around after Hayden, aged four, and Cerys, two. Sarah, who will marry fiance Martyn Guest next summer, said she just decided one day enough was enough.

“I’d always been bigger, going through secondary school. It was just eating too much and not exercising,” she said.

“Two weeks after having Cerys in November 2011 I weighed myself and was 24st 6lb. I didn’t think I was that big until then. I was also uncomfortable and struggled to walk even into town,” she said.

Sarah didn’t join a slimming group or start a crazy fitness routine, she just changed her diet, cut down on portion size and got an exercise bike.

She said being in the house with the children meant she was constantly snacking, so she had to take control.

Sarah started with breakfast, swapping several slices of buttery toast for whole grain cereal and fruit. Lunch was a healthy sandwich and tea became a healthy family meal, cooked from scratch and packed with vegetables.

“For me a lot of it was about portion size. I was eating far too much. And it was all high in fat. It was fairly simple changes – healthier bread, swapping fried food for baked, instead of snacking on chocolate having fruit,” she said.

“I’d play on Wii Sports with the kids and go on the exercise bike every night. Once I got into the mindset I was determined to keep going.”

The Debenhams sales adviseor, started to notice a difference quickly.

“It started falling off. I weighed myself once a month and just kept going,” she said.

“I’m now 13 stones four pounds and I’m happy with that. Some people take it too far I think. I’ve only joined the gym in the last seven months, just to tone up. I didn’t have the confidence before.

“I feel amazing. I really do,” she said. “I catch a glimpse of myself in shop windows and think is that me? I feel so much fitter. I walk on average 20 miles a week which I couldn’t have done before. If we’re not out walking we’re swimming or playing in the park.

“Martyn has always said he loved me before and that hasn’t changed but he thinks it’s amazing. Before I’d always shy behind him but now it doesn’t bother me. I feel so much more confident.”

She hopes her success will show other mums that anyone can lose weight, and for free.

“Don’t kill yourself over it. You’ve still got to live, but you can do it. Once you start and notice a difference it’ll all be worthwhile, so enjoy it. If I can anyone can,” she added.

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