Sitting in my car, I chowed down on the last biscuit.
Better bin this, I told myself, holding the empty packaging.
It was 2016, and I’d just given birth to my second child, Anastasia, now three.
I’ve never exactly been a slim chicken, but after falling pregnant in 2012 with my first child, Joseph, now six, I couldn’t stop eating.
As a lover of anything sweet, I would gorge on biscuits, chocolate and tasty treats.
After all, I was eating for two.
By the time I was seven months pregnant, I’d gained five stone.
And after giving birth, instead of losing the weight, I just continued to eat.
‘I guess I’ll just be a big girl forever,’ I laughed to my husband, Matt, 30.
As I munched on any sweet thing I could, I just accepted my fate.
And when I fell pregnant with Anastasia, I just continued to fill my stomach.
But despite maintaining a happy and confident persona, inside my confidence had completely plummeted.
Refusing to let people take photos of me, I hid behind my baggy clothing.
I knew I needed to do something about it, but working in McDonald’s made that all the harder.
Not only was I secretly binging on biscuits in the car, but I was also eating cheeseburgers and fries all day.
Then, when I’d get home, after sorting the kids out, me and Matt would sit down with a frozen or takeaway pizza.
My diet was awful, but I’d become a secret eater and most of the time I didn’t even notice it myself.
Only, when Anastasia was four months old in January 2017, I knew I had to change.
I was breastfeeding and I was worried that I was fuelling her with bad nutrients.
‘I’ve got to change my diet,’ I confided in Matt.
And so, I started Googling diets and that’s when I came across Slimming World.
Having two young children meant I couldn’t go to group straight away, instead I slowly started changing my diet myself.
‘No more takeaways,’ I said to Matt one evening.
‘A good idea,’ he replied, agreeing with me.
Swapping my morning pastries for porridge and making our own meals – soon I even ditched my secret car eating.
Then, three months later in the April, I walked into my first Slimming World meeting.
It was a bit daunting at first, but I knew I had to do it.
Stepping on the scales, I weighed in at 18st, wearing a size 18, too. I was mortified and I promised myself there and then that there would be no going back.
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