Mom who could ‘barely breathe’ and had difficulty walking on her way to school throws 5 stones

A mom lost five stones after feeling embarrassed during the school run because she had difficulty walking.

Victoria Beattie said she could “barely breathe” and was “blood red in her face” every time she picked up her five-year-old daughter from school.

The mum, from Plymouth, said she was at her “fatest” after the first coronavirus lockdown and decided to get in shape after hitting the 19th 4 pounds.

She told Plymouth Live: “I had to try to run to school, which was impossible because I had difficulty walking.

“I remember being very embarrassed when I got to school, I could barely breathe and my face was blood red and I was asked if I was okay and if I needed a glass of water.

“I was so ashamed I just wanted to get out of school as fast as possible.”

Victoria said she struggled during the run to school due to the weight she put on

The woman joined the Slimming World program in September 2020, along with trainer Mandy Coles.

Victoria said: “When I joined, I was very ashamed of allowing myself to grow so big.

“I knew that if I continued with my eating and drinking way, I would end up killing myself slowly.”

In January 2021, Victoria started Couch to 5k to help her become more active, as well as join a gym – and now she can run 7k.

So far Victoria has lost 5 pounds and said she is much happier with the way she looks now.

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She has now lost 5 pounds by 9 pounds after joining Slimming World in September 2020

She said, “Most importantly, I feel healthier and have so much more energy.

“My relationship with food is completely different. I’m making much healthier choices now. I also love my exercise, which has been amazing for my mental health that I’ve struggled with since I was a teenager.”

Before joining Slimming World, Victoria would skip breakfast and eat pies for lunch.

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Victoria before her weight loss

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She says she now feels a lot better

She would then have pasta dishes with “a lot” of garlic bread, as well as snacking on crisps, chocolate and cakes.

Now she has yogurt and fruit for breakfast and healthy wraps for lunch.

Victoria also likes dishes like cottage pie, hoisin beef, coleslaw and egg fried rice for dinner.

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Victoria said meal planning was essential for her

She said: “Planning meals helped me stick to my plan. For me, the lockdown made it easier because I couldn’t go out to eat and drink.”

Since Victoria has a baby girl, she still has some treats and snacks at home for her, but they each have their own treat box.

“Mine is full of low calorie options,” she says.

Her trainer, Mandy, described Victoria as “sensational”.

She said: “I am so proud of Vicky. Her dedication to her journey through these difficult times is such an inspiration to all of us.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but she was just so determined to make her dream come true.

“As you can see the transformation has been amazing. I can’t wait to hand her a Target Certificate, she’s amazing!”

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