A mom who said she was horrified to weigh two stones more than her husband now seems unrecognizable after losing weight.
Lisa Lewis, from Aintree, said she never told her partner how much she weighed but knew it was more than him.
The 45-year-old said she had gotten to the point where she “looked at herself in the mirror” and “didn’t like” what she was seeing.
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But it was during the lockdown that the tax accountant decided to do something and she threw an incredible six stones.
At her heaviest, the mom of two tipped the scales at 18 stones, but has now gone down to 12 stones and dropped four dress sizes from one size 20 to 12.
Lisa said: ‘My oldest son Alex weighs 6th, and he asked me how much I had lost?’. It was then that I realized that I had lost the weight of my 10 year old child.
“I had actually carried it on my back. “
Lisa, who is 5ft 9in, never had a problem with her weight growing up, but the “contentment” as she got older saw the pounds start to add up.
She said: “I never felt particularly thin, but I was fine.
“I have known my husband, Andy, for 27 years and I think it was from then that I started to gain weight, to eat in restaurants, to go out drinking – chips on the way to the back – and just be happy and satisfied.
“I can’t even blame the kids. In fact, I lost a stone every time I was pregnant rather than putting it on.
“But in my 20s and 30s I started to gain weight and although I joined other weight loss clubs I was losing a few stones and then putting them back straight on and more.”
It was after Lisa joined Slimming World in January of last year that she lost those same stones, then another, and another.
“There was no light bulb moment, nothing that horrified me, but I got to the point where I was looking in the mirror and not liking what I was seeing.
“I was fat and horrible, and I hated it. I looked pregnant and I wasn’t. I had been thinking for a while that I had to pull myself together and get on with it.
Lisa’s daily diet wasn’t the worst, but she had a croissant or two buns for breakfast, a lunch sandwich with white bread or a tuna panini, or a jacket potato with tuna and whole mayonnaise and, for tea, it would be a cooked dish.
The mother said, “When the kids went to bed, Andy and I would put something in the oven that was quick, like frozen Kiev chicken with fries.
“It wasn’t that I ate a lot or snacked in between, but I ate a lot of bread and prepared and processed foods.
“It was a combination of bad habits.
“And I didn’t exercise because I felt I couldn’t. Even going up the 18 stone stairs, I felt like an old woman.
“I decided 2020 was the year I was going to do something about it and I did and, far from stopping me, the lockdown helped.
“Even though I was always busy and had to devote my hours to work – and home schooling wasn’t easy – I was able to plan and organize myself.
“I joined Slimming World at Hope Center in Aintree with Victoria Graham on January 13th.
“By the time we entered the first lockdown I had lost 1.5 stone, between March and August I had lost two more and then the rest.
“We dusted off the bikes and started biking as a family which was lovely and in September when the kids returned to school I often walked instead of jumping in the car.
“The kids are used to walking to school now and they know if I work from home and it doesn’t rain we will walk.
“Other moms at the school gates who hadn’t seen me for a while were doing a double take.
“And it’s the same after I got back to the office – there have been a few shocked faces from colleagues who haven’t seen me for 18 months and people who say I look amazing.”
Lisa has said she feels fitter, happier and healthier – and Lisa admits she’s thrilled.
She said: “When my kids ask what I’ve lost and say ‘wow’ and that makes me so proud.”
For breakfast Lisa now has cereal, for lunch a jacket potato, scrambled eggs or chili or leftover bolognese from the night before.
For tea, Lisa’s meals include Thai green chicken, Chinese chicken and broccoli, or low-fat burgers and skewers – always fresh and homemade without anything processed.
Lisa added, “We go out for walks as a family so I feel so much fitter and healthier.
“I go up the stairs now – because I can – and I even have a rower, so when the weather isn’t great I can still exercise.
“And, for the first time in a long time, when I look at myself in the mirror, I like what I see.”