I feel 20 again

Caroline felt bad about her body shape and struggled for many years with her weight. But Scottish Slimmers completely changed her mindset and helped reach her target weight once and for all.

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It's hard to imagine that bright, bubbly, vivacious yummy mummy Caroline Hernandez suffered from post natal depression after birth of her second child, Carmen, who is now 6.

'I still get bouts of depression, I'm not 100% fine but losing weight and taking control of my life has helped so much,' says Caroline.

'When the post-natal depression hit, it was a wake-up call to do something about my size but as much as I tried, it was difficult to do it on my own.

'I tried fad diets and other slimming organisations- from diet pills to shakes and juicing, I gave everything a go but I never stuck to it and never got to my Target Weight', admits primary school teacher Caroline.

She struggled with her weight since she was a teenager going on end off diets.

'The big difference this time is I've not just lost weight but my mind set is different too.

'My whole life is better. I have more energy, I sleep better, I eat better, I can play with my children, I feel fit, I feel more confident and I am 100% happier with my body. In fact I feel like I'm 20 again!'

Her husband gave a great support too and they managed to prepare meals suitable for the all family.

'My main challenge was worrying I wouldn't have time to exercise or prepare recipes.

'But my husband and I took turns to cook and prepare meals as part of the Scottish Slimmers eating plan.

'The great thing about the recipes is they suit all the family!'

With the help of Scottish Slimmers Caroline finally managed to say bye to fad diets for good.

'You can't sustain a 'diet' for the rest of your life but you can maintain healthy choices and that is exactly what Scottish Slimmers teaches you'.

Caroline admits that before she felt bad about herself in many ways.

'I felt heavy and I got out of breath and tired very quickly. I couldn't buy the clothes I wanted to as they never had my size and I couldn't wear high heels as my weight was too much for me to cope with walking in them!'

'I felt uncomfortable going to the gym or fitness classes in case I couldn't keep up with everyone else.

'Now I am an active and sporty mum to my two children.'

And just to prove that, Caroline trained for the Glasgow Women's 10K in June 2017 and also ran for 'Mind', the charity fighting anxiety and depression.

'Running for me is now the best form of exercise. If I feel anxious at all I go for a run or take our dog Fudge for a long walk- it clears the mind.'

And asked what her best 'slim' moment is, Caroline says. 'Best of all is seeing myself the way I've always wanted to look.'

After maintaining her Target Weight and not having to go on any more diets Caroline can't believe how good she feels.

'I wanted to look good, feel healthy and be active with my children. I am so happy I have achieved it and I feel like a whole new person.'