Sue regains lost years
Sue had never tried a diet before, but as she got older the full impact of her poor food choices were taking their toll. Scared of the looming prospect of growing old before her time, Sue registered for the Total Wellbeing plan. She lost 3 stone 10 lbs, dropped 4 dress sizes and changed her life. Almost 2 years after losing all the weight, Sue has kept it off and she is now the face of blogging for the Tesco Diets site.
Sue shares her amazing journey with us, from losing the weight to keeping it off.
Tell us about your dieting history?
I’ve never been on a diet. I used to maintain my weight by exercise, but I couldn’t keep it up because I became the main carer for my elderly parents. My back also gave in and I couldn’t exercise so things got out of hand.
Was your weight causing you any problems?
I had bad back pain and I was on pain killers. I had chronic indigestion, hot sweats and early menopause symptoms. I was wearing awful clothes - I was really starting to hate my body.
Tell us about your diet?I used to eat the same amount as my husband. We often had 3 courses as a matter of routine and we ate lots of rich food and drink. Now we stick to healthy meals and we also eat quite a lot of vegetables, but that's allowed. I was amazed by the amount of calories slipping by me unnoticed.
Did exercise play any part in your weight loss?
As I lost weight I gradually got back into exercise. I have kept up yoga and pilates. Exercising has been inspirational and I am fitter now than I have been for at least 20 years. I am even considering doing a marathon, something I thought I’d never manage.
How has your life changed since reaching your goal weight 2 years ago?
I am happier, healthier, more fun, younger in spirit and I feel like I have regained lost years. For the first time in my life, I am in control of my weight. It’s in my hands and up to me. I can put my arms around my husband and he can put his arms around me. Going on this journey together, helping each other along, has made us even closer.
Why have you decided to stick with Tesco Diets for so long?The meals were delicious and filling, they re-educated our eating habits and taste buds. I never realised just how many calories and fat I was packing away. The support staff are great too, giving advice and helping me through the difficult times.
How have your family and friends reacted to your weight loss?
They’ve been great and no one has pressured us to eat or drink more than we want. They have been pleased for us both and we’ve inspired others to have a go.
You are an inspiration to anyone who wants to achieve a goal, have you any tips for our new members?
Do whatever works for you. Bin those fat clothes when they don’t fit. The first couple of weeks were scary, so stick with it and you’ll soon get used to it. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to pull on a pair of size 10 jeans and to see the look of surprise in peoples' faces.
Sue is a lifetime member of Tesco Diets and recently attended her second photoshoot celebrating her weight loss success and ability to maintain