A self-confessed party party that “used to make people laugh when they exercised” reported how she had seen her 10.5th drop from running – and stunned friends could no longer recognize her on the street.
In 2014, Sarah Day slipped into a balloon on more than 23 rocks after losing her beloved mother and her ex-husband.
But when her doctor’s medical scales did not rise high enough to record her weight in 2019, the grieving Sarah was sent to a local slimming club – and soon had weight loss and exercise problems. Was cut from
Earlier, the 23st 2lb, at 5 “8” height, was 26 in size and had a BMI, or Body Mass Index, which estimated a healthy weight of 49.1. Put in the “severe fat” category.
But now the 12th 8-pound Sarah describes her weight loss, with a range of 10 to 12 dress sizes, and a BMI of 26.6, described as “life-changing”.
“I bought clothes in size 10 the other day, which was just a wonderful feeling,” he said.
He added: “Friends and family have fled and people do not recognize me in the streets.
“I used to laugh at people who exercised and thought they were stupid – now I run four times a week and Exercise Almost daily I would never go before.
Tall and slender in most of her teens, Sarah began to gain weight as a young woman when she began to eat and drink what she liked.
“When I was younger, I was always thin, so I never thought I would lose weight,” he explained.
Ever since I started gaining weight at the age of 18, I have always been bigger and taller and taller.
Before that, I was really thin. Nothing made me gain weight.
Sarah, a social drinker who manages an IT service desk from Basingstoke, also started having more parties with her friends at the time.
He said: “I used to go out and drink a lot on weekends. I was a social drinker but I drank a lot. Wine, beer and shots.
But the change in her figure did not upset the confident and popular Sarah.
“I didn’t mind being a big girl, and I was so happy to be ‘Big Sarah,'” she said.
In 2000, at the age of twenty-four, Sarah married him to her now ex-husband, whom she does not want to name.
“I was 16 when I got married,” she said. “I slowly lost weight by eating what I liked and drinking.”
He added: “I ate the wrong things. I ate pizza all the time – I ate whatever I wanted.”
But that relationship did not last long.
Sadly, in May 2014, Sarah’s mother, Nina Day, who was in the catering business, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 68 – soon after, in November of that year, Sarah’s ex-husband Was killed.
Sarah is now a virgin and has lived with David Day, a retired engineer, 72, since she separated from her late ex-husband.
She said: “I had some terrible years, lost my mother and my ex-husband. We were separated but it was really a whipping time.
“It was a big part of my life and going through it all in one year was traumatic.”
Turning to food to deal with her grief, Sarah admits: “Since 2014, I have gained a lot of weight. I didn’t really care what I was eating. “
He added: “I eat a lot of cheese. I eat a large portion of everything I like, and I still drink a lot on weekends and at night.
After a pile of stones, Sarah was finally reported to have woken up in June 2019 when, feeling less pain and discomfort, she recorded an appointment with her GP.
“I went to the doctors twice,” said Sarah. “I thought it was a little blink.”
He added: “But I came to the scale and she couldn’t calculate my weight. They were old-fashioned scales that were broken – and I was very heavy.
Faced with the reality of her size, Sarah knew she had to take action.
He said: “I just went out and I cried. I knew there was no one to help me until I did it for myself.
Formerly referred to as WWW, formerly known as Weight Loss, it was offered a 12-week free membership by the NHS.
Determined not to take her further, she called in the afternoon and left the following week.
“They were like-minded people at different stages and I thought I could do it,” he said.
Starting the diet, in which Slimmers keep track of their food intake by WW ‘Points’, Sarah’s initial goal was to reach the 16th floor and be 18 in size.
“I’d love to be size 12 – but it seemed a long way off,” he explained.
After months of monitoring her diet, Sarah gradually lost her 4th – yet initially refused to exercise and continued to enjoy some dinner and dinner with friends, which earned her points until the weekend. Saved
He said: “I didn’t tell friends and family except for a few close friends, and my boss at work who was really bright.
“Before the lockdown. I wasn’t going to exercise – it wasn’t just me.
But, when others saw the changes, friends warned her to risk loose, or loose skin loops.
So, in February 2020, he took a pill and joined a gym – he was shocked that he loved her.
He said: “It was the opposite of what I did and I thought it was a sign. Then, within weeks, they shut them all down because of the covid. It took me 45 years to go to a gym and a month. Within, they closed.
“I didn’t feel like I was out of my place and I was really getting into it – so I was confused.”
As the country’s epidemic took a lockdown, Sarah began working out on a workout motorcycle in her father’s front room and went hiking.
When the restrictions began to be lifted, friends joined from 10km to 15km.
“It was the only way I could see them, so everyone took turns to walk with me,” he said.
Abandoning alcohol during the lockdown, as her father did not drink, also helped.
“I was a bit of a partyer before the lockdown, but it was a little weird in itself,” Sarah admitted.
“I decided to stop drinking before it helped me lose a little more weight, but I didn’t want to drink alone during an epidemic.”
Back at work, after the first lockdown in September 2020, colleagues were “surprised” by the change.
“I was 16 but I wasn’t happy. I wanted more. I’ll take the bug for exercise.”
In the summer, Sarah enjoyed personal training sessions, and going back to the gym – a major milestone, as she lost in the 8th.
“It’s just compliments,” she laughed.
In the fall, when the restrictions resumed, Sarah ran.
Soon walking five or six kilometers, walking four times a week, and exercising a total of six or seven times a week, Sarah’s doctor was surprised when she returned for an appointment in January 2021.
“I’ve only lost since I was 11. The nurse couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“I’m 12 now and WWE says I’ve lost 10.5 rocks. I’ve gained weight for my goal and I feel incredible.
Excited by her new-found personality, Sarah no longer considers her eating habits as food.
“It’s a lifestyle choice – I’m treated,” he said.
“The WWE has changed my life. This is something I will always be with and I will never, never go back.
He added: “I just went on vacation in Lake District with friends, something I’ve never done before.”
But his love of running has also benefited his mental, physical and health.
He said: “I like to clean my head. It’s fresh air and a breath of fresh air.
Now she is very happy, friends are asking Sarah to come back to the dating scene.
“Apparently now I can get out of there and find the man of my dreams!” He joked
And, Sarah may one day pop up on TV.
He laughed: “My friends have always wanted me to apply on a first date and I’ve never been trusted before. Maybe that’s something I’ll think about in the future – who knows.”
But the biggest change of all is his happiness in himself.
Sarah said: “I smile when I see myself brushing my teeth. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and it makes me very happy.