“They say that ‘A friendship that lasts more than seven years will last a lifetime’. I have found this to be true, especially when I look at my friendship with exercise.”
I should introduce myself. My name is Sarah Shearing. I am 34 years old and a mother of three pretty grown up kids. The picture to the left is a picture of me 8 years ago. It’s not a picture of me really, its just a picture. That woman to the left doesn’t really exist any more. She’s been sweated and worked away.
“I had always been a little chubby, even as a kid. I got bullied at school because I was overweight, but it was just normal for me.”
It was who I was. Having three children in only 4 years did not help with my weight. Quite the opposite in fact, and by the time my youngest was born I tipped the scales at an unimpressive 20.4 stone (129.5 kg).
I was a size 24 in clothes so finding nice clothes at that size for a 24-year-old woman was near impossible. I don’t remember what date or how I even thought about starting to lose weight. I didn’t have a goal or any real clue how I was going to begin, or even how I was going to do it. I guess it was like climbing Mount Everest covered from top to bottom in ice, with no shoes on (not impossible but almost).
“People often ask me how I started, what I did differently. The answer is really simple, eat less and healthier.”
At 20 stone, its not a good look to be in the gym. People that are all toned and fit, look at you as if you are an alien, who just doesn’t belong. It took me 6 months of eating my meals off crockery, made for toddlers to cut down portion sizes. In that 6 months I lost an amazingly impressive 4 stone. Losing that weight so rapidly, I was advised by a friend, who was a nutritionist, that I should join the gym to help my skins elasticity.
“You don’t want to lose so much weight, all you have left is loose skin”
So my relationship with fitness began and its still one of the biggest parts of my life.
Losing an excessive amount of weight is not a diet, it simply wont work to look at it like that. Losing 12 stone (yes I did say 12) is not achieved through fad diets or sitting down all day.
“It’s a lifestyle. Its determination and hard work; Its patience and inner strength but mostly, I have learnt, its courage to carry on when you don’t even believe you can.”
I don’t want to spoil the ending, as this is only the introduction to me, but I think to keep you in suspense would be cruel.
So, this is me now. 8 years later and 12 stone lighter. I now weigh over 50% less than I did in the first picture, in fact its 60%. So that 60% changed pretty much everything. The person in this picture is someone very different from the first picture, yet I have the same identifying factors.
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“The person in this picture is a member of i-motion Gym and prefers a well-balanced meal. This woman is in love with that buzz you get from running on a treadmill faster than you did the week before, or doing 5 more press-ups than she’s ever done in one set.
When you find that love, the possibilities are endless.”