Size 16 mother shed three-stone in just 14 weeks after ditching her £1,000-a-month fast food habit

Size 16 mother sheds three-stone in just 14 weeks after ditching bottle of wine a night and her £1,000-a-month fast food habit

A size 16 mother has revealed how she shed three-stone in just 14 weeks after ditching her £1,000-a-month fast food habit – and has even overcome her ‘horrific‘ back pain. 

Corrie DSilva, 40, from from Sandbach, Cheshire, started to pile on the pounds in September 2016 after getting married and recovering from a severe back injury, with her frame rising to a size 16 and tipping the scales at 13st 5lbs.    

The mother-of-two was also on medication after back surgery, to cut out disks that were bulging into her spine, and doctors told her that her injuries meant that she would never be able to train at the gym again.

But Corrie decided to take a stand against her weight by swapping her fast food and restaurant habit, as well as nightly bottle of wine, for healthy homemade meals. She now weighs 10st 2lbs and wears a size eight. 

This, combined with a mixture of strength and cardio training, saw her shed more than three stone in just three months to weigh 10st 2lbs and fit into a slender size eight – as well strengthening her back to avoid future injuries. 

Corrie said: ‘Back then, I really lacked confidence and my back injury became an excuse not to exercise.

‘After surgery, I suffered from horrific pain and doctors told me to take it easy, meaning I could no longer train and could only go swimming and do yoga.

‘It didn‘t just have a physical effect on me, it also had a mental effect because I didn‘t feel like myself.

‘The turning point for me was when we moved house in May 2019 – I realised I was so busy with the children and my business that I had picked up lots of bad habits.

‘I was doing damage to myself by snacking on crisps and sausage rolls and drinking a full bottle of wine to myself every night and felt exhausted when I should have been enjoying my new house.

‘My husband Nick and I liked to socialise a lot and would probably spend the best part of £1,000 a month just on eating out and drinking, along with buying takeaways. 

‘At networking events I would have three course meal at an Italian or steak restaurant, and we‘d buy Dominoes or Thai takeaways a couple of times a week – on top of that I would drink wine and gin when out socialising.

Corrie‘s diet: Before and after

Corrie‘s diet before:

Breakfast: Skipped

Lunch:Sandwich or panini with crisps

Dinner: Ready meals or pizza/Thai takeaways or meals out

Snacks: Crisps and sausage rolls

Corrie‘s diet now:

Breakfast: High protein – scrambled eggs with bacon/on bagel or oats

Lunch:Chicken with vegetable soup or salad

Dinner: Salmon with lots of vegetables (sometimes with rice or potatoes)

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Snacks: Yogurt or fruit

‘I had the realisation that my back could end up in worse pain if I carried on and I wanted to make positive changes for my health and children.‘

Corrie, who runs her own mortgage broking business with husband Nick, regularly indulged in food and drink at networking events, and ordered pizza or Thai takeaways twice a week or had ready meals because she didn‘t have time to cook after work.

She began to make a change to her lifestyle in May 2019, when she began to eat healthier and invested in a personal trainer despite being told by doctors not to train.

Despite her initial weight loss goal being to lose two stone, she massively surpassed that by training two times a week at Ultimate Performance in Cheshire, doing strength workouts including shoulder presses and sled drags.

The busy mum also scrapped the takeaways and ready meals in favour of healthier options such as vegetable soup for lunch and salmon for dinner – and even gave up drinking for the 14 week programme.

She could still attend the networking events for her job, but usually ate beforehand and refrained from drinking.

Corrie said: ‘At first I was really worried about training because of my back issues, but I gave it a go with my personal trainer and the initial results were phenomenal – I regained confidence and had lots of support.

‘My PT took my back injury into consideration and I underwent physio at the same time, now my back is a lot stronger.

‘My physiotherapist can see the impact my weight loss and training has had when looking at my back, and can tell it‘s not under as much strain anymore.

‘After surgery I had to lie down for two weeks straight and I was disappointed when doctors told me I wouldn‘t be able to train, because that meant I wouldn‘t be able to get back to the weight that I was before.

‘At the end of my transformation, I felt like the person I always wanted to be, it was amazing to get myself back and I felt mentally better too.

‘It‘s been a life changing experience for me and I felt like my PT wrapped me up in cotton wool for three months and genuinely cared about my progress.

‘My fitness venture has rubbed off on my children and husband too – it feels great to be able to get out more and be active with them, and it‘s given me a different lease of life.

‘I now see pictures from when I was heavy and miserable and I feel embarrassed – having come from a place in hospital after surgery I thought ‘this isn‘t who I want to be, there‘s more there out for me‘.

‘My message to others is that if you have an injury and want to lose weight, training and exercise is so beneficial for your mental and physical health, and you‘ve just got to want it and make that change.‘

Corrie is still on her weight loss journey, and is currently enjoying a maintenance programme at her gym to keep herself on track. 

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