Revealing the secret behind her weight loss, Sarah tells New Idea Food that she dropped more than 40kg using a combination of exercise, portion control and the popular 5:2 Diet.
She says: ‘To be honest I had been fad dieting most of my life, I was never super happy with my body but I guess I never felt strong or motivated enough to follow through! Two years into a toxic relationship trying to raise a 6-month-old in the negative environment and then seeing the number 130(!!) on the scales nearly killed me.
‘People joke about eating your emotions but I was literally doing that, huge portions, lots of junk and hardly any fruit or veg! I wanted to change, for my daughter and for myself.
‘I guess I was lucky that I was eating so much because by cutting my portions down and stopping most of the junk food I was able to shift some weight! I left my toxic environment and felt a strength building inside of me!
‘I was ashamed of my size but made myself go along to a free bootcamp in my area and committed to going four days a week! It’s so hard to start the journey when you’re riddled with anxiety and self doubt; I was definitely the slowest and least fit at the boot camps!
‘That fact alone nearly made me quit and some days when anxiety was running high I would cancel and work out at home instead to avoid the embarrassment (they were never as good a work out!). I tried different diets like the shake diet, no carbs, meals like chicken and greens only etc but without fail I would get so glum about missing my favourite foods and I would quit and pig out; back to square one!
‘I eventually accepted it didn’t have to be so complicated; I kept my portions reasonable added more vegetables (I substitute a lot with cauliflower mash as I’m slightly addicted to it!) and learnt to actually stop eating when I was full and satisfied!
‘Eating this way and sticking with the bootcamp I lost my first 20 kilos. It got a bit harder to lose weight at that point.’
Sarah says it was at this point that she learnt about the 5:2 Diet, which encourages followers to eat normally for five days and restrict their diet to around 500 calories on the other two days of the week.
‘I read about the 5:2 diet on Facebook and decided to give it a go,’ she says. ‘I didn’t see results on the scales straight away but I felt SO much healthier internally so I stuck with it.
‘By week three I was seeing the numbers go down! I joined a gym with a kids area so I had no excuse not to go and got an exercise program from the PT. The combination of the 5:2 and the different exercises helped me to shift the most recent 20kg and I’m now 88.8kg, down from 130kg!
‘The last 5kg were a bit stubborn so I tried the 800 calorie a day thing for a week and lost 4.5kg but I went back to regular 5:2 after that! My goal is to be under 80kg.’
Sarah says her driving motivation for the weight loss was being able to run around and play with her daughter.
She says: ‘My biggest turning point was realising and accepting it wasn’t going to happen overnight; or even in six months so it was better for me to enjoy my favourite foods in moderation because that way I was in control of my eating and I would stick with it long term and get myself back to being who I was years ago!
‘All I really wanted is to be around for my daughter, be able to run and play with her and teach her to know her worth and work at what you want!’
Sarah’s fellow Kmart Mums were blown away by her transformation - with her post attracting a whopping 7,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
‘You look amazing, well done!’ said one. Said another: ‘You look fantastic, good for you!! 😊 You should be proud, it’s damn hard work!!’
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