Name: Alyson Syms
Height: 5ft 2
Start size: 32
Current size: 12
Total weight loss: 12st 5lbs
Our New Me winner, Alyson Syms, changed her life after losing more than 12st…
“I wasn’t obese all my life. I was a premature baby and my mum had had my stillborn brother the year before. Scared she would lose me too, she listened to the doctors when she was told to feed me every hour to make sure I grew. I think mum linked feeding me to meaning I was healthy, but by my teenage years I was obese.
“In high school I was bullied horrendously. I was called names, pushed down the bus staircase and once I was thrown down on the school field and had grass shoved in my mouth.
“I learnt quickly to bottle up my feelings, pretending I didn’t care. I got home where I sat and ate. Taking enjoyment out of food was the only pleasure in my life.
“My teenage years were hell. I never attended a school disco and dreaded non-uniform day. What do you wear when you’re 14 and an adult size 18? School uniforms, skirts with an elasticated band and school cardigans from adult shops as you were too big.
“I developed Type 2 diabetes in 2012, which the doctor told me was due to my size and lifestyle. I was put on medication, but still my blood sugars were out of control. I was referred to the diabetic clinic in the women’s unit at my local hospital. I longed for a baby, so it was so upsetting seeing other women all there for scans and me there to be told that I was putting my life at risk with my uncontrollable blood sugars.
“I had an early miscarriage in 2012; the one thing I’d always wanted had been snatched away from me. I was told it was very unlikely my body would be able to carry a child. I knew then I needed to lose weight, but instead I told myself there was nothing I could do. So I tried to convince myself that was that and took comfort in food, as I would never have what I always dreamed of . . . my own child.”
“Then something clicked. I was determined that everyone was going to look at me for the right reasons when I walked down that aisle. No way was I wedding dress shopping for a size 32 dress, I was going to be a perfect 12!”
Alyson knew Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant, Sarah Smith, already, so she felt comfortable talking to her about her weight. At 23st 1lbs she started her Cambridge Weight Plan journey.
“Sarah’s words were ‘give me 12 months and we can change your life’, and we did! The weeks flew by. People noticed within weeks and the compliments spurred me on. I realised I was controlling my health, my health wasn’t controlling me. 12 months later my Type 2 diabetes was in remission and I was discharged from the clinic. I cried with pride that night. I hit my goal of 11 stone. I’m half the woman I used to be!
“It has been worth all the tears and tantrums as I can now live the life I want. When I walked down the aisle earlier this year in my size 12 wedding dress, all eyes were on me because I did it; I achieved my dream.
“Because of losing weight I’ve been paragliding, to water parks, theme parks and swam with dolphins . . . the list goes on. I do hope one day I become a mum, but I know if not, I did everything in my power to try and make that dream become a reality.”
If you need some motivation or a kick-start to your weight-loss journey, join our #CWP60Day Challenge – you might be surprised at how much you could lose in 60 days!
The weight lost and/or time frames are particular to this slimmer. Everyone’s weight-loss journey is unique to them.