Going through photographs of herself and partner, Blair, at a wedding made Rebecca’s heart sink. ‘I wasn’t happy with how I looked in the picture, I was heavy,' Rebecca said.
Not recognising the person she had become Rebecca decided that, with many more weddings and special occasions on the horizon, she didn’t want to look or feel that way again.
‘My best friend was getting married in April. The hen party was in February and I didn’t want to feel self-conscious around the other girls who were coming,’ says Rebecca. Rebecca joined Scottish Slimmers and took the first step towards reaching her target.
Set small manageable goals
Rebecca says her secret was setting smaller more manageable goals in reaching her ultimate target, such as aiming to lose 1lb one week or being active twice each week.
‘At first, I didn’t want my fitness focused partner, Blair, to know I was following a weight loss plan as he has been sceptical about them in the past. But when he noticed the difference in me, and realised how much change it had inspired, he became one of my biggest supporters!’ says Rebecca.
Despite at first not being a fan of slimming clubs, Blair is a self-confessed convert after seeing what a difference Scottish Slimmers made for Rebecca, ‘I am extremely proud of her achievements, she is happier as a result of being healthier and that can only be a good thing,’ says Blair.
It's a lifestyle change
Rebecca says her outlook on life has changed and she realises that healthy choices aren’t fads built to last a week, they’re a series of lifestyle choices. Having lost 2 stone 11lbs, Rebecca says she feels fitter than ever.
Rebecca’s feel good moment was taking the dress she wore to her family member’s wedding to the tailor and having the top altered from a size 14 to a size 8.
Having enjoyed running for fitness before her weight gain, Rebecca decided to take up some challenges along the way to aid her weight loss. ‘I started with the Race for Life 5K runs and built from there,’ says Rebecca, ‘I chose it as my first race as my uncle had passed away from throat cancer a year previously and my mum had also been diagnosed with a tumour. In the end I raised over £500 for Cancer Research.’
I'm now free and fit
Since losing weight Rebecca says she has felt free and fit enough to take on more challenges, from 5 and 10K races to a 66-mile cycle at Loch Ness and, with a new outlook, has plans to tackle many more.