“In 2017 I decided to take charge of my weight and I had the gastric sleeve. For years I had battled my weight, yoyo with different fad diets.
Babies are what always saw me get to my highest weight. It was after the birth of our 3rd baby that I made the decision to have to procedure done.
I’d had a 5 year gap between child 2 and 3, which meant I was a bit older, and to put on all of my weight again really affected me mentally.
I was 96kg the day I gave birth, lost 20kg then I let the 20kg creep back on again.
Being 96kg and only 160cm I was as round as I was tall and you could see the angst in my eyes.
Our 3rd was a surprise to say the least as my husband had a vasectomy after the first 2 (but didn’t go back for the check up!!), our marriage was on the rocks we were eating rubbish and drinking to deal with the situation.
When Charley was nearly one we decided we couldn’t carry on this way and we knew we need to do something to save our family and I knew and I needed to do something for me. SO along with buying a caravan, I had the gastric sleeve.
This was the decision that changed my life forever.
The surgery wasn’t easy, recovery was long and tough and I had days that I’d regretted my decision but as the weight started to melt away my heart stared to lighten the chip on my shoulder was no longer there.
After loosing a considerable amount of weight I still felt there was more to my health, so I decided that my 2019 New Years resolution was to get a healthy body and healthy mind so I committed to doing the Maxine’s 12-week challenge
You can lose weight with the gastric sleeve without being healthy and whilst I wasn’t terrible I wanted to be better and a exercise and eating plan always helps me keep on track.
I have done 2 Maxine’s Challenges this year the first was to get in shape before our 10 yr wedding anniversary in Vegas and let me tell you what a celebration that was, celebrating that we made it and didn’t give up! Then when we got back from Vegas I decided to do it again but this time give it my all.
I was so happy with the challenge, which is why I decided to have a photo shoot with Em from Life Portraits. I had come such a long long way in 2 years and at the end of my challenge I was 42kg down from the day of the gastric sleeve but now I was also fitter and stronger, mentally and physically.
I feel like Em really captured this in my photos, I was smiling and felt like a woman I could be proud of. I was able to see my body in a way I never thought I could, I looked happy, strong and fierce.
I love being fit and healthy, my kids and husband love me being fit and healthy.
I’m never going back, I’m not committing to a 12 week challenge, I’m committing to the rest of my life!”