Real life weight loss stories: Cheryl Taylor
Weight Loss...9st 3lb
'We're going to have to order in a special heavy-duty operating table,' said the doctor. I'd been diagnosed with cervical cancer and was being taken in for an emergency hysterectomy.
'I vowed, then and there, that if I got through this, I'd lose weight once and for all...and keep it off.
'Even as a teenager, I was big. Growing up, I was always encouraged to finish everything on my plate. I could never eat one biscuit, it'd be the whole packet.
'I'd comfort eat in secret to make myself feel better about my size, ending up a size-30.
'But cancer? What a wake-up call!
'Thank Heaven, I got the all clear, but now I was determined to lose weight. I'd gone to Rosemary Conley classes years ago, before I had my kids, and I knew it involved sensible eating and exercise. With no self-confidence, this time I decided to do it on-line.
'I weighed myself for the first time in years - and my weight went off the scale and around again for a second time. And my scales went up to 19 stone!
'But, after months of sensible eating and exercise DVDs at home, I'd lost 2 stone. Now I felt confident enough to go to a class.
'At that first meeting, I'm sure I was the biggest in the room. But I was given a warm welcome and, when I joined in the exercise, I did what I could - there was no pressure.
'I lost weight steadily - 6 stone in the first year - reaching my goal after 2 1/2 years. Now I go to at least six exercise classes a week. They call me the Duracell Bunny because I jump up and down so much!
'Life is great, I feel amazing, and a few months ago, I was even named as Regional Slimmer of the Year.
'Best of all, my kids are no longer embarrassed by their fat mum who used to take up two chairs at parents evenings, and was turned off rides at theme parks because she was too big to fit.'
- Biscuits: The best and worst revealed
- Healthy juice recipes: Detox juices you can make at home
- Yogurts: best and worst for your diet revealed!
- Best bob hairstyles
- Breads: Best and worst loaves revealed
- Cereal bars: the best and worst revealed
- How to have a healthy takeaway: The best and worst options on the menu
- Tested: Best and worst sun creams
- What celebrities really eat in a day - revealed!