Sarah Jackson was suffering from severe back pain that made her unable to walk with difficulty. Now that she is an advanced ballroom and latin dancer, having lost a massive six and a half stones and shrunk to a size 10.
The 50-year-old tipping the scales at 16lbs 7lbs, as doctors suggested her weight might be exacerbating the scoliosis that was causing her discomfort.
“I could barely stand up and was ready to try anything,” Sarah said.
“My husband Ian and our daughter told me I was perfect and didn’t need to lose weight, but I was desperate to be able to move without pain.
“My extended family became worried about how much weight I was going to put on and started realizing that it wasn’t working for me.”
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Sarah admitted that she “tried everything” but losing weight was a last resort.
A comfort eater addicted to chocolate, she was skeptical when she joined the WW, explaining, “I didn’t think WW would work at first, but I lost a stone in one month and suddenly I was able to walk for a good hour without my back hurting.”
“I was on a lot of diets and was underweight. Previously, I lost weight because I was going for fertility treatment, but once that was over I got it all back.”
She continued, “At WW, my coach Tracy Taylor made me see that it wasn’t a diet, it was a lifestyle change and it wouldn’t work unless I was 100% committed to the plan.
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“I am fortunate that my husband Ian is a chef and they cooked all our meals from scratch and made sure I was eating the right portions.”
Now, Sarah has decided not to eat her sweet treats, having curbed her craving for the beloved chocolate.
“My weakness is chocolate,” she admitted.
“I was eating a bar on the way back from the supermarket to our house. Now, I have a banana instead.
“I can have chocolate in WW, but I tend to avoid it because I’m not the type to eat one piece, I want to eat the whole bar.”
While Sarah’s diet was in control, she swore not to exercise because she “hated the idea.”
So instead, she and her husband tried Latin dancing, to their surprise, they both loved it.
She said, “When I joined WW, I told my coach I would never play sports. I hated the idea.
“I’ve always wanted to dance and don’t really see it as a workout, because I enjoy it so much. So does Ian. We’re always at the center of the dance.
“I’m obsessed with it and love wearing pretty dresses to dance in too—I used to hate having my picture taken, because I always had baggy clothes or pajama bottoms around the house.
“Now, I have a closet full of pretty dresses and I’m up front in front of the camera. My family has always loved me for who I was, but they’re happy with the new me. Me too—I’m much happier.”
She added, “I changed my attitude toward exercise too. I even started running and was shocked when I ran 5km on my first jog ever.”
Sarah reached her goal at number 10 and became a size 10, but she still continues to attend WW workshops.
She still has a sweet tooth and will occasionally treat yourself to a small piece of cake and enjoy an Indian meal once a month: “I also make Ian make me make a sweet treat, which tastes just as good as the real thing,” she said. .
“WW is a part of my life now and always will be. The show is really working and the community is really special.
“Before, I rarely went out. I wanted to hide. Now, I like to dress up and socialize. It’s hard to fathom how much I’ve changed.”
“It took me a long time to get to know the person who was staring at me in the mirror after I reached my target weight.”