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How a 22 stone sofa potato picked up its technique to weight reduction – Wales On-line

A medical secretary has stated that she switched from a 22-stone couch potato to a size 14 by lifting weights.

Esther Codrington received a wake up call when she was told that she had high blood pressure.

But instead of her usual yo-yo diets, the 40-year-old combined exercise with a balanced diet to achieve a seven-stone weight loss.

Esther says she was inspired by 37-year-old fitness manager Claire Murray, who also overcame a weight problem.

Esther now

Esther from Glasgow said: “I feel so much happier and healthier now that I can wear a size 14 and made the decision to change my lifestyle.

"I go to stores I've never gone to before and can choose whatever color I want instead of seeing an oversized rail with a few baggy, boring items on it."

Six foot tall Esther was classified as obese prior to her transformation and had a body mass index (BMI) used to measure a healthy weight of 41.7 compared to the NHS recommended range of 18.5 to 24 , 9 – and admitted that her diet had been poor since her late teens.

She said, “It got very bad when I started buying my own food.

Esther before

“I ate a lot of garbage and often had double portions.

"I also drank a lot and ended the night with a kebab before having hangover food the next day."

She continued, "I didn't have a sweet tooth, they were tastier things like chips and pizza."

As her weight started spinning, her self-esteem dropped and, ironically, it was food that Esther turned to for comfort.

"I was caught in a vicious circle," she said. "I would eat, feel bad, eat more and get bigger."

She continued, "I wore baggy clothes and sweatpants, all dark colors, with scarves and shawls to cover myself."

Esther was also diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that can lead to weight gain, in her teens. She tried various diets to reduce her waistline, but soon gave up and the pounds began to pile up again.

"About 12 years ago I lost about five stones on a liquid diet and then put them back on – with more, said Esther, who lives with her merchant seaman Graham, 40."

Esther vor (PA Real Life / Collecting)

She continued, "Then, in 2017, I was told that the high blood pressure I had had since I was a teenager was getting worse, which was a wake-up call as my weight was affecting my health."

At the same time, a work colleague gently suggested that going to a gym might help her.

"I knew I wanted to change my lifestyle and not try another stupid diet," she said. "I wanted something that was sustainable."

She continued, “My work colleague suggested I try Anytime Fitness in Clarkston, which I liked because I could leave late at night or before work when it was a little quieter.

“She also told me that fitness manager Claire had been on a journey similar to mine.

"And meeting her was a light bulb moment because she was someone who understood how difficult it can be to fight obesity."

Claire helped Esther devise an exercise and meal plan that threw away junk foods for healthy foods like fish, chicken, vegetables and loads of whole grains.

Esther before

Esther said, “She would encourage me to take my 10,000 steps a day. I did a few spin classes, but the bulk of it was resistance or weight training so I could build muscle.

“The first three or four months were tough, but after about six months I started to really enjoy it. It became part of my life. "

Visiting the Anytime Fitness Studio between four and six times a week for 60 or 90 minutes also helped Esther clear her head after a stressful day at work.

And slowly she began to lose weight.

Esther in the gym

“I enjoyed going. Most of the time I worked out on my own, put on my headphones and just relaxed, ”she said.

She continued, “I've really changed my attitude towards food. I would think, "I could eat that slice of pizza or make a whole meal for the same amount of calories."

"I love to cook too, so making healthier meals was fun."

She also allowed herself rewards as long as she remained disciplined most of the time.

She said, "I would stick to my regimen for the week and then look forward to the weekend when I knew I would have a two-course meal and half a bottle of wine." That helped when I found it difficult. "

Esther now weighs 15 stones and is toned. Her blood pressure has dropped and she is enjoying life to the full.

"I always go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator now," she said.

She continued, "That used to leave me breathless, but now I don't even think about it.

"I also made a great friend of Claire's and we even planned to go on vacation to Greece this month but had to cancel it because of Covid-19 so we could enjoy some shopping instead."

She wants other people with weight problems to follow suit and says the key is to avoid "quick fixes".

Esther now

"There have been ups and downs in the last three years, but it's not about finding a quick fix," she said.

"I admit I cried, I cheated and messed up along the way, but I didn't come back, I tried to learn from my mistakes and grow.

"There is so much pressure on people to lose weight quickly, but it's not sustainable. It's about changing a lifestyle."

She continued, “My advice is not to compare yourself to others as we all have our own starting points.

"But making a lifestyle change like this is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body."

Anytime Fitness has more than 170 gyms across the UK and recently partnered with Public Health England's Better Health campaign to improve the health of the country.

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