Single mother loses 6st and drops five dress sizes in less than a YEAR after her son, 5, tells her: ‘Mummy, you’re fat’
- Nicola Boswell, from Yateley, Hampshire, weighed 15st 5lbs at her heaviest
- Her son Jameson, now five, said ‘Mummy, you’re fat’ in October last year
- Nicola has since shed 5st 12lbs and has dropped from a size 18-20 to an 8-10
A single mother has shed almost 6st in less than a year after her son told her she looked ‘fat’.
Nicola Boswell, 42, from Yateley, Hampshire, admitted she used to ‘survive off sugar’ and struggled to make time to take care of herself – and lockdown only made the problem worse.
The turning point came when her son Jameson, now five, turned to her and said: ‘Mummy, you’re fat’.
‘I knew I had to change,’ she said. I wanted to take my career to the next level, I wanted to be happy and I wanted to be the best role model to my son as his only parent.’
Nicola has dropped from 15st 5lbs to 9st 7lbs since October 2020 and slimmed down from a size 18-20 to a size 8-10.
Nicola Boswell, pictured before her weight loss, admitted she used to ‘survive off sugar’ and struggled to make time to take care of herself – and lockdown only made the problem worse
The turning point came when her son Jameson, now five, turned to her and said: ‘Mummy, you’re fat’. Nicola has dropped from 15st 5lbs to 9st 7lbs since October 2020 and slimmed down from a size 18-20 to a size 8-10. Pictured, Nicola after her weight loss
Nicola’s diet before
BREAKFAST: Large bowl of high sugar cereal with a tea with sugar
LUNCH: Rice, chicken, spinach and a hot chocolate
DINNER: Microwave pasta meal
SNACKS: Another bowl of cereal, chocolate bars, crisps
Nicola’s diet after
BREAKFAST: Cambridge weight plan bar
LUNCH: Chicken salad
DINNER: Chicken stir fry with rice
SNACKS: 2-4 litres of water and a diet coke
Nicola said: ‘I had a few toxic relationships that were awful for my self-esteem. I was going out socialising all the time and just not taking care of myself.
‘When I had my son, everything changed. I had even less energy to take care of myself and I was surviving off sugar. And my weight just kept increasing.
‘It just got worse during the first lockdown as it was such a worrying and difficult time, I turned to food for comfort coupled with extra glasses of wine.
‘One day my son looked at me and said innocently “mummy you’re fat” but he was just saying what he saw.’
Nicola signed up to The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. To help stay on track, Nicola, a program manager, told her boss about her weight loss goals.
She said: ‘I wanted to make an impression by showing I was someone who could be relied upon and always does what they said they were going to do.
Nicola, pictured before her weight loss, said a combination of factors had led to her putting on weight, including toxic relationships and struggling to keep up after giving birth to her son
To help stay on track, Nicola, a program manager, told her boss about her weight loss goals. Pictured, Nicola with her son Jameson, who gave his mother the motivation to lose weight
Nicola, pictured, said the change in lifestyle has given her more confidence and a zest for life that she was previously missing. She added it has made it easier to care for her son (right)
‘So I told him in October last year that I wanted to lose two stone by Christmas so that it would keep me motivated.
‘I stuck to my goal and then within eight months I had lost five stone and exceeded my weight loss goal. Until I lost the weight I had no idea how much my size was affecting me.
‘I’d find any excuse under the sun to avoid situations like family parties and seeing people I didn’t regularly see.
Nicola, pictured recently after the weight loss, said she hadn’t realised how much her size was affecting her
The mother-of-one, pictured after the weight loss, used to live off sugar-rich foods but now enjoys making more meals from scratch
‘I lived off quick and easy food and lots of sugar for quick bursts of energy. But it was amazing when I started seeing the results from the diet plan. I needed results fast to keep me motivated.’
Since losing weight Nicola can carry her son up to bed with ease and has more energy to have fun with her little boy.
She says that her mind is still catching up with her body as she still doesn’t recognise herself when she catches her reflection when walking past a window.
Nicola added: ‘I just feel like a completely different person. I’m more relaxed, ambitious and I just enjoy living in the moment.
‘My self-belief, self-worth and self-esteem have gone through the roof. I am a new person and it shows in every aspect of my life. I haven’t felt this good for years.’
Nicola (pictured before, left, and after, right) still enjoys socialising but has shifted her diet and lifestyle habits
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