If I hit a milestone of losing half a stone I’d treat myself to a Chinese takeaway but choose healthier food such as boiled rice rather than fried.” After three months, Caitlin found she could jump two sizes down to a 20.She said: “I thought, ‘I’m going to buy the next size down’.
The student midwife, from Glasgow, has shed an incredible six stone and she’s worked her way down the sizes by buying pairs of jeans that are too small as motivation to slim into them. With her weight at 19st and wearing a size 24, Caitlin was unhappy with the way she looked and felt.
“When I was big, clothes shopping was hard, as I’d struggle to find my size,” she said.
“I didn’t like my appearance and I wanted to be more active, so I knew I needed to lose weight.
“When I graduated with an HND in social sciences in 2012, I couldn’t believe it was me in my graduation photo.
I remember seeing it and being so disgusted that I didn’t want to put it on display. But I’d been eating one or two takeaways a week, snacking on crisps and chocolate and my portion sizes were huge.” Caitlin joined a Weight Watchers class run by Linda Kadegis in January 2013. She’s seen me through every step of the way,” she said.
“I’d tried every diet under the sun, as well as living on shakes, and working out at the gym but nothing seemed to work. “I was upset when I first got on the scales and realised I was 19st 1lb.I’d been avoiding weighing myself, so it was a shock.It felt like losing weight was going to be so hard because I had such a long way to go. But within weeks they started to feel more loose as I started watching what I was eating.It’s all about being educated about what’s healthier.“I’d opt for lower calorie and low fat versions of the food I loved.I’d still have treats but I’d go for reduced-fat crisps, Weight Watchers chocolate and snack on salted popcorn.