'I knew I had to do something': Mother-of-three hopes to inspire others after losing three stone in time for wedding day
PUBLISHED: 12:10 20 March 2019
A mother-of-three who lost almost three stone in time for her wedding day is hoping to inspire other women with her weight loss.
Natalie Irving, from Lowestoft, is set to launch a new Slimming World Group at Gunton Baptist Church in Montgomery Avenue on March 28.
The 28-year-old is hoping the new group, which meets at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, will help other rebuild their confidence – a battle she herself has undergone. Mrs Irving said: “I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror and had no self confidence left.
“I had just had my third child and was at my biggest I had ever been, at almost 13 stone and a size 14, I was devastated.
“I had bounced back after having my first 2 children but over eating during pregnancy and continuing to do so after, using being pregnant and breastfeeding as excuses to eat what I wanted when I wanted had not helped me.”
With her wedding just six months away Mrs Irving could not even bear the thought of going to try on dresses.
She added: “I knew I had to do something.”
Although originally sceptical Mrs Irving joined her local Slimming World group and found speaking with people in a similar situation was the motivation and support she needed.
She said: “I sat and listened to the new member talk still not sure if this was for me but after staying to image therapy and seeing the sheer joy in the room when someone lost weight and how ok it was if anyone suffered a gain made me go away and give it my all in my first week.
“I was shocked and extremely happy to see a 4lb loss.”
“Everyone was so pleased for me and I was excited to get back each week.”
Mrs Irving went from 12 stone 13lbs to 10 stone in just three months.
She added: “Gone are the days of curry from a jar, numerous bags of crisps, handfuls of chocolate bars and raiding the biscuit tin an hour after dinner.
“I’m at the lowest weight I’ve ever been and have been at my target weight for 3 months.”