WANT to lose weight? Find out how this young woman dropped 8st.
Before her weight loss journey, Kirsty Turnbull, from Edinburgh, tipped the scales at 17st 1.5lbs. The 24-year-old has always been overweight and had been attempting to lose weight since she was 13.
She decided it was enough when she saw a picture of herself wearing a dress at her best friend’s engagement party.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Kirsty has revealed how Slimming World helped her to drop 8st.
Kirsty said: “There were two key moments for me starting my weight loss journey and joining Slimming World in June 2017.
“The first was my best friend asking me to be a bridesmaid at her wedding in 2020. At her engagement party in February 2017, we all took a picture together.
“After seeing the picture I knew that I couldn’t look like that in her wedding photos. It was also very striking to see just how big I had become. That image was a real motivator for me throughout my journey. I didn’t want to be ‘the fat bridesmaid’ and I knew that I had to do something to improve my health.
“The second moment was my mum asking me at the end of May 2017 if I wanted to join Slimming World with her. It was the push I needed and so we started the journey together.
“She herself has lost seven and a half stone, and is less than 30lbs from her target. By the time she reaches it, we will have lost around 16 and a half stone between us (which is almost how much I weighed when I started).”
Before Slimming World, Kirsty had tried other diet plans – but nothing ever worked and she found them difficult to follow.
Since starting the group’s Food Optimising eating plan, Kirsty has increased her activity levels.
She added: “I had been running for a while, using the Couch to 5K app.
“It was a great way to get some fitness in, but I found it hard to get back into when I came back from Florida in May 2018. I did however increase my walking.
“I was very much sedentary before joining Slimming World, but definitely feel fitter after losing the weight.
“Even just getting in 10,000 steps a day by walking has had an impact for me and definitely helped the closer I got to target. The more active I was in a week, that little bit more I lost.”
Kirsty – who now weighs 9st 12.5lbs – went from a UK size 18 to a svelte 10.
“My lifestyle and outlook has completely changed and I feel like I have a much better relationship with food,” she added.
And when it comes to her diet, Kirsty hasn’t cut anything from her diet.
She concluded: “I just tried to make wise choices. Less takeaways and processed foods, more fruit and veg.
“I still managed the occasional chocolate bar, cake and even meals out, and just ensuring I filled up on healthy foods like veg too.
“Snack-sized chocolate bars were my saviour throughout the journey.”