A woman whose weight escalated through years of comfort eating, told how she was able to shed half her body weight after overhauling her lifestyle.
Holly Hague, 27, from Sheffield, who weighed 21st 5lb and wore a UK size 26 at her heaviest, was bullied as an overweight child, causing her to pile on the pounds a to drown out cruel remarks with food.
She became desperate to overhaul her appearance on the 1st January 2018 as part of her New Year’s resolution, when she decided to focus her mindset on gaining her ‘self-worth’ and underwent cognitive behavioral therapy.
The accounts worker, who now weighs 11st 4lb and wears size 10/12, revealed how embracing she went on a strict diet and exercise plan, swapping junk food for protein, fruit and vegetables and to achieve her weight loss aspirations.
Holly Hague (pictured, November 2018), 27, from Sheffield, who weighed 21st 5lb at her heaviest, revealed how she was able to shed 10 stone in less than 1.5 years
Holly (pictured before, January 2018) spent years comfort eating as a way of dealing with cruel remarks after growing up as larger than her fellow classmates
The 27-year-old (pictured June 2019) began attending her local LighterLife group after coming to the conclusion that it was time she found her self-worth
She said: ‘I know this is cliché but at the end of 2017 I was in the mindset of ‘new year new me’ and I knew I wanted fast weight loss that really would change my eating habits for good.
‘I spent my childhood being chunkier than others in my class and far too many years comfort eating to drown out the mean remarks. It was time I found my self-worth.
‘The LighterLife Total Plan was perfect for me because it took food out of the equation; I didn’t have to obsess or worry over the number of calories or if I’d unknowingly eaten the wrong thing.
‘Each day I’d have a choice of four given products which were around 800 kcal: breakfast was a Vanilla Shake with coffee, Chocolate Raisin Bar for lunch, followed by a Chicken Noodle FastPot for dinner and a Toffee Bar.
‘My local group was in Sheffield and I just loved spending an hour a week focusing on my goals, both with weight loss and in life.
‘My Counsellor, Suzanne, has been fantastic; every time I see her it’s like catching up with an old friend who supports and inspires you. In our group sessions each week we focus on a new topic which uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to challenge our thinking and attitudes towards eating.
Holly (pictured before) was given four products that were each around 800 calories to eat daily as part of the LighterLife Total Plan
Holly (pictured after) was given cognitive behavioural therapy as part of her LighterLife membership to challenge her attitude towards food
Breakfast – nothing
Lunch – sandwich, sausage roll, crisps
Dinner – Takeaway pizza
Snack – crisps, cereal, chocolate
Breakfast – fruit and yogurt
Lunch – ham salad
Dinner – chicken and vegetable stir fry
Snacks – fruit, lentil crisps, carrot sticks or LighterLife Bar
Since losing almost 10st I feel like a totally different person both physically and mentally. Of course, from the outside I’m almost unrecognisable but the biggest change is how I feel about myself and the world around me.
‘I grew up having social anxiety because of my weight, I constantly felt ugly and that everyone was staring at me because of my size. But now, a size 10, I’m embracing the stares because I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved in ten months. People can’t believe it’s me!
‘A few months into being on LighterLife I met my now boyfriend, Leon. It’s crazy to think but since we’ve been together I’ve lost an incredible 7st.
‘He’s literally seen me shrink in front of his eyes! Leon has been a massive support to me on this journey and he’s never once tried to derail my weight loss – it was worth waiting for our first official meal for two!
‘This year my mum and I are planning to do a zip wire over a quarry in Wales to celebrate our weight-loss success. She’s been losing weight for the last few years and it’s wonderful that we’ve reached goal at the same time. Last month (June 2019) we went to an amazing wedding in France and we both felt amazing in our outfits knowing what we’ve achieved.
‘The diet plan has given me the tools to keep the weight off and a safe place where I can always get support. This past year I’ve found this enjoyment for exercise which I never imagined I’d have, so I’ll be keeping up my gym membership into 2020!’
Holly (pictured before) says her view of the outside world and herself has changed since losing ten stone
Holly (pictured before) says she grew up with social anxiety because of her weight and was conscious that people were staring at her
Holly (pictured right with her mother and brother) is planning to do a zip wire over a quarry in Wales with her mother as they’ve both reached their goal weights
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