Sarah dreaded the stares at the school gates when picking up her young son. After years of yo yo dieting, she turned to The Harcombe Diet. Now five and a half stone lighter, Sarah needs some support to finally reach her goal, but she is feeling like a very proud mummy.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 39-year old hairdresser, and home is Mayfield, East Sussex. I live with my husband of eight years, and our wonderful six year-old son, Roman.
I first became aware of weight issues at the age of 10 when I was put on a meal replacement diet. My life has been a series of yo-yo diets and depression ever since.
I was desperate for help, and didn’t know if it was my weight causing depression or my depression causing my weight. It was a vicious circle.
All four of my grandparents died from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which I hear is being called type 3 Diabetes; and could have been be prevented by diet. Also my dad has type 2 Diabetes, and my doctor said my route to it was more a case of ‘when’, not ‘if.
I begged my doctor for help, but he said there was no funding for counselling. He was, however, happy to put me to forward for gastric surgery!
So last year, I found myself at the school gates at my son’s school, and hated the feeling that everyone was staring at me. I wanted my son to be proud of his mummy, so I had to take control.
I took to the internet and spent a lot of time on various Facebook groups for health, mind and fitness. It was here that someone mentioned The Harcombe Diet. I contacted Zoe and haven’t looked back.
Her ‘Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight’ book was a revelation! I started following the diet back in April 2014 and lost three stone in the first three months! I’ve since lost another 2.5 stone.
In the meantime, a new doctor finally offered me counselling, which I’ve gladly taken.
I still have another 1.5 stone to reach my goal, and am really struggling to get the last bit done. I would love any support you can offer me to get there; I really would.
That aside, I feel in a far better place now. When I have my picture taken now, I don’t feel I stand out for the wrong reasons. As I work within the fashion industry, I need to look and feel great, and I can now FINALLY wear the trendy clothes I want.
Then it’s the little victories, like going on a fairground ride with my son without fear of not fitting!
I’ve shown people that they should never give up, because it CAN be done, and because you don’t know where it can lead. There will be ups and downs success is not shown as a straight line going up: its one big squiggle!