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I lost 5 stones WITHOUT giving up

FOR Sophie Mitchell, being called an ‘adult’ in her circle of friends is something she used to grow up with.

Her weight has increased since the age of 16, and at her heaviest, she gained weight when she was almost 17 years old.

Sophie Mitchell's weight has fluctuated since she was 16 years old and continues to increase

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Sophie Mitchell’s weight has fluctuated since she was 16 years old and continues to increaseCredit: WW / Sophie Mitchell
She is known as the'older one' in her circle of friends and that's what she was used to growing up with. She is pictured above with her parents

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She is known as the ‘older one’ in her circle of friends and that’s what she was used to growing up with. She is pictured above with her parentsCredit: WW / Sophie Mitchell
Sophie died for the fifth time after she had health problems and was told she would have to take medication at the age of 24.

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Sophie died for the fifth time after she had health problems and was told she would have to take medication at the age of 24.Credit: WW / Sophie Mitchell

It was only when she visited her GP for a routine check-up that Sophie, 27, realized she needed to do something about her weight.

The insurance consultant, from Huddersfield, West Yorks, was warned her blood pressure was so high she would have to take medication to control it.

“I was only 24 years old,” she told The Sun. “That’s when I decided enough was enough.”

In the past, Sophie has tried many different diets and found some success with Slimming World, but each time she lost weight, she gained the same amount of weight.

She knew she had to find another solution so in 2018 she decided to join her local WW group.

“I went on my own, which was a bit difficult,” she said.

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“I was nervous walking in but the coach was lovely and bubbly, so I immediately felt welcome and at ease.”

Sophie lost a second time in the first 4 months and continued to lose a second time the following year.

Since then, she has continued to watch her weight drop steadily and is now 12th to be exact – going from a size 20 to a size 12-14.

“Measuring everything properly made me realize how big all of my pieces had been up until then – it was a compositing game,” says Sophie.

“I’ve also learned to stop putting pressure on myself and that has helped me not to pressure myself like I used to.”

Sophie first noticed her weight increase when she started college at age 16 and began struggling with depression.

“I hate it,” she said. I was going through a tough time and my mental health suffered as a result. That started this emotional eating cycle, and I started to binge on things – often in secret.

“At lunchtime, I would buy boxes of donuts and eat a lot or snack with big bags of crisps. Then when I get home, I’ll eat those chocolate bars that I’ve hidden in my room. For me, eating is a way of coping.”

She continued: “As I became more mentally stable, I tried to lose weight but each time I just got it back.

“Then I met my current husband and moved out. Our house was sandwiched between two convenience stores and some fast food outlets – that was the recipe for disaster and I watched the weight grow.”

Seeing how my weight affects my health is the bottom line for me. I didn’t want to take drugs when I was 20 years old

Sophie Mitchell

Before marrying James in 2017, the couple went on a diet to feel comfortable on their big day and shed some pounds.

But Sophie admits that, once settled into a married life, she is no longer conscious of what she is eating and it all comes back again.

“It is the parts that matter,” she said. I ate giant bowls of pasta without a second thought.

“I got to a point where I thought maybe I just wanted to get bigger.

“I was confident in my own way, so people thought I was fine. I hide behind my ‘being a great friend’ persona, but inside I really lacked confidence and in the end I wasn’t very happy. “

WAKE UP

Her wake-up call was for a routine GP appointment in the summer of 2018, when her doctor told her she had high blood pressure and would need medication treatment.

“Seeing how my weight affects my health was a starting point for me,” says Sophie. I didn’t want to take drugs when I was 20 years old.

“I know a girl at work who was on WeightWatchers and lost a stone so I thought I would give it up.”

Sophie lost 8lb in the first three weeks and that was the motivation she needed to push her to eventually lose 4kg 12lb over the next three years.

She added: “I still have a few more things that I want to lose, but I don’t put any pressure on myself. That’s where I’ve made mistakes in the past and this is the first time I haven’t fixed them all.

“For me, I never felt like I was on a diet and wouldn’t say I’m on a diet now because the food you can eat is nothing like the usual ‘diet food’.

“I love going out with my friends, especially at dinner, and before doing WW I usually check the menu before I go out so I can pick something healthy – usually a choice. most boring.

Sophie’s top 4 tips for weight loss

  1. Be kind to yourself: Everyone appreciates themselves when they’re trying to lose weight, but that doesn’t do you any good. If you don’t treat yourself well, who is?
  2. Track Your Food: Tracking everything you eat is really important. If you’ve gained weight and feel like it’s not working, here’s the easiest way to see why.
  3. Find a workout you love: If you don’t like Zumba, don’t come to Zumba! There are plenty of other ways to burn calories, whether it’s tap-dance or simply walking.
  4. Best friend: Having someone to lose weight with can be very important. I know that asking my mom to push me out of bed for a jog is the motivation I need because I don’t want to let her down. You can also be there to support each other.

“Now if I go out, I will order exactly what I want. At first, my friends would say “you can’t eat that, you’re on a diet”, and I would say “really, I can”.

“I once went to a friend’s house and we still got an item – and I still lost weight.”

Sophie explains: “It happens that you don’t order absolutely everything or make slightly better choices and then count that towards your score.

“So if I have a takeaway or a treat now, I will just make sure I have a better week next week or the day after.

“It fits your lifestyle and because you have the point, there’s no guilt – it takes away that good and bad food situation and instead is about finding balance.”

‘BOOK I NEED’

Sophie also admits working out or going to the gym isn’t for her, but she has found a fun alternative to burn calories.

“I have never exercised,” she said. I used to half-heartedly go to the weird Zumba class but I ended up making excuses – and you’ll never catch me in the gym.

“But when my mother started to jive, I thought it was fun and decided to go with her.

“I finally managed to pull my husband in and it became a nice thing we could do together. We even break some of our dance moves at weddings that always go well.

“When the lockdown happened, the jive was canceled so I started doing Couch to 5k.

“I said I’d try anything but I’d never run – I’m morally opposed to that,” she joked. “But when my mom said she wanted to do it with me, that was the push I needed.

“Now we go about three times a week. I won’t say I love to run but it’s great to be outside – we run and run.

“It’s great to have someone else cheering you on. When the alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside, it’s easy to want to roll over and sleep again, but now I get my mom saying she’s waiting for me and you have to get up.

“We also recently started dancing and it was fun. The best part is not feeling like you’re exercising and meeting new people. “

Sophie loves to do the 5k couch program and says you should only do exercises that you love.

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Sophie loves to do the 5k couch program and says you should only do exercises that you love.Credit: WW / Sophie Mitchell
Sophie says that WW helped her find balance in her life

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Sophie says that WW helped her find balance in her lifeCredit: WW / Sophie Mitchell
I wore jeans but still couldn’t get past my thighs – that pushed me to lose my butt and now I’m a gym junkie

https://www.thesun.ie/health/8253500/lost-still-ate-takeaways-tips-lose-weight/ I lost 5 stones WITHOUT giving up

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