‘When you’ve got two youngsters in the house it’s hard to avoid sweets,’ says single mum Louise from Arbroath.
‘I’ve had to retrain my brain, and change my shopping habits, and I definitely think more about what I eat now. I try not to buy Haribo anymore and, if the kids get given some, I ration them.'
More than 2 stone lighter since she joined Scottish Slimmers, Louise's rationing and new healthy eating habits seems to be working.
‘I didn’t actually realise how much weight I’d put on until I went to visit my Aunt Andrea. I hadn’t seen her for a while and I asked her if she thought I’d put on weight. She said yes which really wasn’t the answer I was looking for!’ laughs Louise now. ‘She did me a favour because it made me sit up and take notice.
Looking back Louise realises she was always self-conscious about her weight from a young age.
‘I’ve tried lots of different diets but never seemed to have the will power to stick to them and then as an excuse I’d say I don’t care anyway. Of course, I cared.'
‘At first, I thought I might not be able to do it but now, 7 months later and over 2 stone lighter I couldn't be happier.'
Before joining Scottish Slimmers and losing her weight, Louise never felt confident enough to take her 2 young boys, Kai and Aaron swimming.
‘My eldest son loves the water but I just never had the confidence to take him swimming. Since I’ve lost weight we swim all the time, it's the best feeling ever!'
Though it isn’t just her boys who are reaping the benefits of Louise’s confidence and active lifestyle, ‘I’m a lot happier with my body, I feel so much more confident, life is good now.’