A family day out was the final straw for young mum Clare Wallace from Stirling.
'With my partner Colin, stepdaughter Chloe and our little girl Emma, we were away for the day to the Links Market in Kirkcaldy,’ says Clare. 'We were having a great time until I tried to go on one of the fairground rides – and the barrier was too tight. I was mortified, it was definitely my worst ‘fat’ moment ever.‘
I have always been rather large, although when I fell pregnant in 2014 and had my daughter Emma in January 2015 I hadn’t put on too much weight but, after the baby arrived, I continued to wear maternity clothes and eat all the wrong things.’
By the end of summer 2015 Clare was feeling depressed with herself and decided it was time to time to take control. 'I looked up online the various slimming plans and decided that Scottish Slimmers sounded like the best one,’ says Clare, who is the first to admit she wasn’t one for a diet. 'I have never been able to stick to a diet but as the weeks went by I could feel such a difference. I was so surprised when I lost 5lbs in the first week and thrilled when I lost 11lbs in the first month. What an incentive!‘
'Scottish Slimmers' eating plan doesn't really feel like a diet, it's just a new way of thinking about food.’ Clare has ditched all misconceptions about healthy eating and adopted a new attitude towards health and her body.
She’s also used her daughter’s future as motivation to keep losing and reach her ultimate goal. 'I didn’t want to be the overweight mum, not able to run around after my daughter,’ says Clare, ‘and I didn’t want her growing up with the weight problems I have had. I feel I can now pass on my new attitude towards healthy eating to her as she grows up, giving her the best chance at a healthy, happy life.'
With this different outlook, Clare is looking forward to a slim future. ‘I’m so glad I joined Scottish Slimmers. I feel great and I even decided to do a sponsored walk for charity all the way to the top of Ben Nevis,’ says Clare. ‘That’s something I would never have dreamed of doing before I lost weight.’