Nicola Clark, 49, went through an incredible weight loss transformation after struggling with her weight and body confidence for over 20 years. The mum-of-two, who is a pharmacy technician, decided to overhaul her diet, fitness regime and “break bad habits” in order to achieve her ideal weight goal. How did she do it?
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Initially, Nicola’s weight loss journey began in 1999, when she was getting ready to marry her former husband.
“When I first [started dieting it was] in January 1999,” Nicola revealed. “I wanted to loose weight for my wedding.”
In preparation for her wedding, Nicola managed to trim down by three stone but it wasn’t long until bad habits caught up with her and she found herself sliding back into her old lifestyle.
Nicola said: “I did manage to lose over three stone for the wedding, I felt amazing in my dress – just like a princess.
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“But, it didn’t last long. After my wedding I slipped into married life and I got pregnant.
“I was very disheartened as I never got to experience what it was like to be slim.
“After the birth of my daughter, Alice, I struggled a bit to get back to the [weight loss] plan,” revealed Nicola.
Nicola then went through several years of “yo-yo-ing” back and forth on her weight before she fell pregnant again. She said: “I then yo-yo-ed up and down, and two and a half years later I was pregnant again with my daughter, Holly.”
Although Nicola tried to keep from slipping into bad eating habits, the stress of “juggling two young children, full time work and running the household,” caught up with her and she found herself slipping into old routines.
“I found that I was going back to bad habits of binging and then starving the next day. I knew this was bad and not healthy at all.”
She revealed that she would eat in secret as she was too embarrassed, and the constant unhealthy cycle was getting her down.
“I would eat rubbish secretly at night and work through bags of crisps and biscuits, then I would feel so bad and down and think ‘Why did I do that?’.”
How did Nicola lose weight?
Nicola made the choice to overhaul her lifestyle and joined Weight Watchers, known now as WW, in order to shed the weight.
Nicola revealed that she has been a member of Weight Watchers for a number of years, but it wasn’t until her most recent attempt to get into shape that the programme was truly successful for her.
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Nicola was an on and off member of WW since 1999, however, decided to rejoin the programme through the loving encouragement of her mother.
She revealed: “With the support of my mum, who has been brilliant through all of mu life not just this [weight loss] journey, she knew how hard I struggled but also how much I wanted to lose weight, so we joined Weight Watchers [WW] again.
“I loved the new recipes, I loved the trackers we did, using the calculator was my biggest must have.
“I lost around four stone this time, just in time for my sister law’s wedding. I was excited to get my outfit, they were size 14, I felt amazing and the compliments I got were so up lifting.”
Weight Watchers encouraged Nicola to lose weight while providing her constant support and encouragement.
Speaking about her time with Weight Watchers, Nicola described the support she received: “Through the weekly meetings I find it so valuable, if I’m in a rut or need new ideas all the members share their ideas.
“[WW practitioners] who take our group are so helpful, they always bring something new and interesting to the meetings, I never get bored and I always stay for the meetings.
“I love my weight watchers scales, and the app on my phone it helps me keep everything up to date, I love seeing how my wins are doing.
“I have used the online chat , and found this helpful when I wanted to know something.”
Since joining WW, Nicola has managed to eat and maintain a healthy diet and has incorporated exercise into her lifestyle.
Nicola has since joined a running club and revealed that she’s “entered some charity 5k and 10k runs.”
What is WW?
Formally known as Weight Watchers, offers services and various products to assist in healthy habits, including weight loss and maintenance, fitness and mindset.
The programme is driven by science and behavioural insights and offers flexibility and freedom to lose weight at an individual pace.
Zoe Griffiths, Global Director of Nutrition, WW, said: “It is scientifically proven that customised approaches lead to greater engagement and more behaviour change than generic approaches.
“The new myWW programme enables people to live their lives and still lose weight.”
For more information about myWW, visit WW.com or download the WW app
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