Harriet Jenkins, the woman who managed to drop an astonishing 10 dress sizes in 18 months, was named Slimming World’s Woman of the Year. At only 26, Jenkins was weighing over 371 pounds but thanks to a slimming group, she changed her eating habits completely and lost more than half her body weight.
Jenkins is now 161 pounds, and she got here by following a healthy diet and exercise routine, and not through gastric band or any other surgery.
The 26-year-old confessed that she started gaining weight when her father was diagnosed with a fatal liver disease, back in 2002. She became an emotional eater and the pounds started pilling.
“I would sit by his hospital bed with a big bar of chocolate and then go home and eat some more. I was in the middle of my A-Levels and I didn’t cope well, I turned to food rather than dealing with my emotions,” she confessed.
A year later, her father died and her bad eating habits continued. When she went to the university, she used to eat junk food and drink wine while watching TV. When she finished the university, she was already a size 30.
Joining the slimming group was a lifesaver. She got a healthy diet plan and switched from junk food, biscuits and chocolate to healthy meals consisting of lean meat, fish, lots of vegetables and fruits.
Her breakfast no longer consisted of the usual sausage rolls and doughnuts. Instead, she had a fat-free yogurt with Weetabix and a banana. In just one week, she lost 8lbs.
“For the first time I was in control of what I was eating, I could say ‘no’ and enjoy treats in moderation like the odd chocolate bar or a few vodka and diet cokes on nights out,” she confessed.
Her exercise routine started with a few short walks and then she got the courage to join a gym where she’d exercise. These days, she enjoys running on a regular basis and feels great.
“Eighteen months ago I weighed more than 26.5st. I was unemployed, people yelled abuse at me in the street and my family were worried I was heading for an early grave,” she confessed. But now “I’m so proud of myself for taking control of my life and I don’t think I’d feel the same way if I’d had an operation that forced me to change,” she said.
The teacher says that she’s not only happy with her extreme weight loss, but also with the fact that she’s a lot more confident now, especially since she’s got her dream job at last.Harriet Jenkins, Slimming World’s Woman of the Year
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