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, ‘in fact my weight has been a problem since I was a teenager. 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!
‘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.’
Maintaining her Target Weight for nearly a year now, Caroline can’t believe how good she feels.
‘My husband Billy has been my biggest support. 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 and the great thing about the recipes is they suit all the family.
‘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 now that she wasn’t able to enjoy herself fully running around after the kids.
‘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, sporty mum to my two children.’
And just to prove that, Caroline trained for the Glasgow Women’s 10K in June (2017)and is running 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.’