I’ve energy for my beauty business
Beauty therapist Nicky Dunne from Northampton has made a career from making other people look their best – all the while feeling conscious of her size. Now she’s 7st 6½lbs* slimmer, and she's made up with her new look.
‘I gave a sigh and steeled myself for the task ahead. Even though I’d done so many pedicures at my beauty salon, today it seemed like a real effort. With difficulty, I bent over and then felt the weight of my chest pull me down. I struggled to breathe and barely managed to complete the treatment. ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ I thought.
‘Since having my second child, Jamie, I’d found being self-employed and looking after a family hard going. Exhausted, I’d given up cooking and relied on ready meals instead. Working in the beauty industry, I’d constantly be thinking about how I looked. I became less happy about what I saw on the outside and I knew my weight could be affecting me on the inside, too.
‘Often, when I was scrolling through Instagram, I’d see posts from Slimming World members who’d lost so much weight they were barely recognisable. Could I do the same? I wanted to find out, so I joined my local Slimming World group.
‘When I learned about Healthy Extras, I realised just how much bread I’d been eating – slice after slice of bread and butter throughout the day. I decided it was a bit of a trigger food for me, so I switched to porridge for breakfast instead, which filled me up for longer.
‘I started cooking Slimming World versions of my fast-food favourites, like Cajun chicken with wedges baked in low-calorie cooking spray and lots of Speed veg. My husband, Rob, enjoyed the new recipes as much as I did, and I even impressed the family when they came to visit.
Soon, the scales started to move in the right direction.
‘Being a bit of a fitness fanatic, Rob helped me get started with Body Magic. After I’d lost 3st, I decided to join an outdoor boot camp and asked him to come for support. Together, we pulled tyres, did sprints, sit-ups, push-ups… Amazing when you think I couldn’t bend over to paint toenails just a few months earlier!
‘I realised how far I’d come when a client who I hadn’t seen for a while thought I’d taken on a new member of staff and I had to convince her I was really me! Now I’m more than 7st slimmer and can spend the whole day on my feet, giving pedicures, massages and other treatments, without feeling exhausted. When I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror, I feel nothing but pride.’
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.