Arabella received her award – along with £1,000 cash – from Rosemary Conley, CBE, at a glittering ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel on Wednesday 4th January.
The new lean and healthy Arabella feels she is finally giving a positive message to her patients. She says: “As a GP you listen to patients with all sorts of problems and, of course, not all of them are connected with weight, but a lot can be like breathlessness, bad joints and diabetes. So when I had to tell a patient they would benefit from losing weight I felt they were judging me.”
Arabella had spent 20 years piling on the pounds due to her enormous portion sizes, fatty snacks and the lavish fat-laden meals she would prepare. “I had no control over what I ate at all,” adds Arabella.
Rosemary Conley class finderAlso, when Arabella became a respite foster parent to two children she was concerned about the example she was setting them. “I would cook them huge meals and everything revolved around food. However, I was setting a bad example, allowing them to think that it’s fine to keep on eating until everything is finished even if you are full,” she says.
Arabella also began to suffer the effects of her overeating. “I couldn’t sit down comfortably, my knees ached, I developed sciatica and at one point I needed an extra seat belt extension on a flight,” says Arabella, who managed to shed three stone before taking the plunge to join her local Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club in Ulverston in August 2010.
“If someone had told me when I first started that it would take just a little more than a year to transform my life, I would never have believed them,” says Arabella, who has done just that. “I haven’t just lost weight, I feel different and I look at life differently. The support and guidance I received proved invaluable.
“I don’t feel that people are judging me any more. I have a responsibility to set an example to my patients. I keep a picture of the ‘old’ me on my desk so I can show them that if I can do it, they can too. I’ve changed my life for the better and I hope I can help others change theirs too.”
For details of Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs in the North West call Caytie Wightman on 01539 733378 or click here to visit Caytie’s website.
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