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Group Therapy

New friends helped Lindsay become a healthy and happy woman her son can be proud of.

Lisa Abdellah

THE WAKE-UP

Losing weight was more challenging once I’d had a baby. Then my father died of cancer in 2012, and I turned to eating as a way of coping with this devastating loss.

Two years ago, my sister posted a picture of me on Facebook. I thought I looked shocking. I wondered what my husband and son thought of me, and how they must have had to lie to me when I asked them how I looked.

I didn’t want to be known as my son’s overweight mom. I wanted him to be proud of who I was and what I looked like. I also wanted to play football and cricket in the garden with him without losing my breath. At that stage, even tying his shoelaces for him felt difficult!

THE SHAKE-UP

My husband bought me a pair of trail-running shoes for Christmas, but I found running on the grass at my local parkrun difficult. Then a friend suggested I try road running. So early one morning, I attempted my first 5km on the road with a group of women.

Admittedly, I walked more than I ran. But the women were so encouraging and supportive of my efforts; they didn’t seem to care how slow, overweight or out of breath I was, they were just happy I was trying!

Getting up early enough to fit in a run before I took my son to school was challenging. But I found that if I chose not to meet up with the group, I would end up feeling like I’d missed out after I saw pictures of their run on social media. This motivat


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