Yvonne Tompkin, the former aerobics instructor, 54, after seeing the image of herself with a dress size 22 she decided to lose half her body weight signed up to slimming world and has since shed nearly 11 stone.
Yvonne now feels happier and more confident than ever in her trim size ten, 9st 11lb figure.
She said: “I’ve never looked back and now I’m 10st lighter and a whole new woman – with a new job, new figure and new confidence as a wife and a mum.”
Yvonne had been a trim size ten when she got married, but after having her first child she quickly developed unhealthy habits and stopped being active, giving up exercise and developing an unhealthy addiction to snacking.
She said: “I married my husband when I was 38 and super-fit. I was a qualified aerobics instructor, always running about, and a size 10.
“I fell pregnant at 39 and naturally, towards the end, I wasn’t able to be as active, Being a first-time-mum was hard work and I was often really tired, and this is when my bad snacking habits started.
Yvonne went from 12st and a dress size ten before her first child, to 17st and a size 22 at age 50.
However, Yvonne’s wake-up call came when she started applying for new jobs in 2017 – and she lost all confidence. “Querida was starting at school and I felt ready to go back to work so I started to apply for jobs,” she said.
“I went for interview after interview and kept not getting the job, and my self-esteem plummeted, I hated the way I looked and it got so bad I barely left the house. If I did, I’d watch Dominic play with the kids in the park or in the local pool, as I was too shy to get involved with them.”
At the end of that year, Yvonne joined slimming world’s group, despite her initial fears, Yvonne says she found her first session “amazing”, and she decided to keep motivated by taking a photo of herself at her heaviest as a reminder to keep going.
She continued: ” I cooked healthy dinners every night from scratch, stating with Cajun chicken and wedges. We ate together as a family and I made sure there were lots of leftovers I could enjoy the next day if I got a craving to reach for biscuits. I also snacked on fresh fruit and fat-free natural yoghurt.”
Within six months, Yvonne had lost four stone and finally had some confidence back.
Yvonne then began working for a friend three afternoons a week and the weight continued to drop off, she has since lost over ten stone and is now helping other women to follow in her footsteps.
“After I’d lost 5st, I knew I wanted to help others the way I’d been helped, and in May 2018 I became a Slimming World Consultant,” Yvonne said.
And Yvonne realised just how far she’d come when, 17 years after her wedding day, she could again fit into her white size 10 gown.
She said: “Last year I dug out my wedding dress and when I fastened the zip to the top, I cried with happiness to be back to the woman I was all those years ago.”
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