Not Being Wedding Dress Ready: 'I Knew Something Had To Be Done'
For many, getting into shape for their big day is the greatest motivation. But for Sarah McCutcheon, it was after the wedding she felt like action needed to be taken. This was the real lightbulb moment for Sarah, who explains how she felt.
“When I couldn’t fit into the wedding dress I had longed for, and paid for, I knew that was it and time to do something about it. I had to get forced into it on my special day and that sickened me.”
Her weight became an issue and it began to have detrimental effects on both her physical and mental well-being.
“It was affecting my mental health, my relationships and my general appearance. My self esteem and confidence were at a low.”
Getting Over That Brick Wall
When beginning her weight loss journey, Sarah began to doubt herself and how she would be able to get down to the target weight.
“I have previously attempted diets before and tried Slimming World but there has always been too many temptations.”
Thankfully, with the help of Xercise4Less Wakefield, Sarah has been able to fully commit to exercise, partaking in a range of classes to guide her through the weight loss journey.
“I go to different classes about 2 or 3 times a week. These are mainly 15/15/15, BODYPUMP, Les Mills and Zumba which have all been great for losing weight.”
Also, the positive vibe at the gym has helped to give Sarah the confidence and motivation she needed to embrace her fitness journey.
“The Xercise4Less community has had a huge impact on me. I can’t thank the staff at Wakefield enough for what they have done for me. I am more confident and more happy than I have been before.”
'I'm Stronger Than I Think'
A weight loss journey can help people to discover things about themselves, discover traits they never thought they had. For Sarah, she has realised she is a lot stronger than she thinks.
“I feel in a much better place now. I’m still not 100% happy but I am a lot stronger than I think. I definitely have a lot more confidence in how I am and what I wear. I am happy to go anywhere and enjoy sharing posts and photos of myself and my progress.”
As a result, Sarah is enjoying a much more active lifestyle.
Whilst it is important to have the drive and motivation to succeed, you cannot do it alone. Family and friends become crucial to your weight loss journey, which has been vital for Sarah to succeed.
“My family help me a lot. They help me shop, cook and support me to every session or every class. My family always compliment me and tell me how proud of me they are.”
“I have lost 3st 3lbs in just under two years.”