Julie's successful weight loss journey using Marianne's PLATE

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At the age of 17 I was taken into hospital very unwell. I ended up being put onto steroids and rapidly started putting on weight. So much that a few weeks later when I went to leave hospital none of my clothes fitted. I managed to lose some weight in time for my wedding but soon after this I became pregnant and that along with a combination of medication started to pile the weight on again. I felt like I didn’t want to leave the house as I had put on so much weight. I also found taking my baby boy anywhere very hard. He cried all the time (turns out he has autism). So, what did I do? I hid away, and comfort ate. I became very depressed and unhappy and then fell pregnant again. By the time I had given birth to my second son I was nearly 22 stone and a size 24!

I knew I had to do something. I tried all sorts of things and joined a weight loss group. While the weigh in was handy the diet was hard to follow and so restrictive. I finally went to the doctor and begged for help. I was sent on a course about nutrition and avoiding diabetes and in those meetings, I was introduced to Marianne's PLATE. I must admit I was apprehensive and didn’t think it was realistic but decided to give it a go and wasn’t disappointed. It taught me about portion control and I could still put he occasional naughty thing on my plate so long as it was portioned out in the correct way.

The weight started to shift at a healthy rate, I felt amazing and it was really easy to follow. I knew I was getting plenty of salad and veg so this was peace of mind. As the weight started to drop I felt more confident, went out more, joined a skittles team and made lots of new friends. I no longer felt I had to hide away and didn’t feel depressed. I have used Marianne's PLATE along side healthy life choices and even started running. Next week I have my gym induction to help tone up and lose the last bit of weight. I am now 13st 11 just one stone off my healthy BMI. I am 5f11 and a small 16 on the bottom and 14 on top. A massive drop from size 24!

Marianne's PLATE has really helped towards my weight loss journey and I recommend it to everyone. Without it I’m not sure what size I would be now and how depressed and shut away I would be. It has not only changed my life but my family’s too! I’m a better mum and because I am happier and able to join in with my family instead on my fat bum on the side lines. I cannot wait to shift the last bit of weight and I know I can with the help from Marianne's PLATE.