Single mum, 29, loses seven stone in just 11 months after weight spiralled out of control

A single mother has shared how she lost more than 7st – after the pressure of raising her son alone led her weight to spiral out of control.

Jade Wilkinson, 29, from Cambridgeshire, said she was always ‘chubby’ from a young age but she gained weight when she became pregnant with her first child at 18.

The mother-of-one who works as a part-time cleaner, said the pressure of being a single mum to her son meant she resorted to comfort eating.

She would feast on two Tesco meal deals in one-sitting, eat fast food, takeaways and guzzle fizzy drinks and three Red Bulls a night.

Jade’s high-calorie diet caused her weight to balloon, peaking at around 18 stone in May 2018, leaving her feeling ‘miserable’.

The following year, she decided to take action, and after joining a slimming group and starting to take 10,000 steps a day, she started to see results. 

Jade, pictured after the weight loss, managed to shed 7st in less than a year

Jade Wilkinson, 29, from Cambridgeshire, (pictured, left, before the weight loss, and right, after) tipped the scales at around 18 stone at her heaviest in May 2018. The single mother, pictured after the weight loss, managed to shed 7st in less than a year

In 2019, Jade signed up for Slimming World and followed their meal plans, swapping her high-calorie fizzy drinks for diet drinks and incorporating healthy and nutritious food into her meals. She went from a size 22 (left) to a 10 (right) in just 11 months

In 2019, Jade signed up for Slimming World and followed their meal plans, swapping her high-calorie fizzy drinks for diet drinks and incorporating healthy and nutritious food into her meals. She went from a size 22 (left) to a 10 (right) in just 11 months 

Jade eventually grew fed up with her unhealthy eating habits when she realised she was struggling to be active with her son thanks to her weight.

The mum decided to change her lifestyle once and for all.

Jade said: ‘I used to reach for ready meals and takeaway out of laziness and boredom.’ 

‘I was miserable, I was lazy, I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror, and I felt like I couldn’t do things with my son because of the way I felt and looked.

‘Something had to be done.’

The single mum said she gained weight when she became pregnant at 18 (pictured left)

The single mum said she gained weight when she became pregnant at 18 (pictured left)

However, she said the pressure of raising a son alone made her resort to comfort eating and it spiraled out of control

 However, she said the pressure of raising a son alone made her resort to comfort eating and it spiraled out of control

Jade's weight ballooned, leaving her feeling 'miserable' and 'lazy', saying it stopped her doing things with her son because of the way she felt and looked

Jade’s weight ballooned, leaving her feeling ‘miserable’ and ‘lazy’, saying it stopped her doing things with her son because of the way she felt and looked

She eventually grew fed up with her unhealthy eating habit and after a complete lifestyle change, Jade ditched her high-calorie diet and started walking 10,000 steps a day

She eventually grew fed up with her unhealthy eating habit and after a complete lifestyle change, Jade ditched her high-calorie diet and started walking 10,000 steps a day

The part-time cleaner said her motivation to lose weight came when she realised she was struggling to be active with her son thanks to her weight. (Jade pictured with her son Harley)

She had him when she was just a teenager and is not 29

The part-time cleaner said her motivation to lose weight came when she realised she was struggling to be active with her son thanks to her weight. (Jade pictured with her son Harley)

She cut down her carbohydrate intake and began cooking food from home, skipping out on her usual fat-packed takeaways and fast food

She cut down her carbohydrate intake and began cooking food from home, skipping out on her usual fat-packed takeaways and fast food

On the first week of her new healthy regimen meant, she lost seven pounds as the weight started to drop off over time and by April 2019 she had lost more than 7st stone

On the first week of her new healthy regimen meant, she lost seven pounds as the weight started to drop off over time and by April 2019 she had lost more than 7st stone 

The mother said she now feels happier and more confident in herself, which was the most important change of all

The mother said she now feels happier and more confident in herself, which was the most important change of all

In 2019, Jade signed up for Slimming World and followed their meal plans, swapping her high-calorie fizzy drinks for diet drinks and incorporating healthy and nutritious food into her meals.

She cut down her carbohydrate intake and began cooking food from home, skipping out on her usual fat-packed takeaways.

Jade also started walking 10,000 steps a day and made sure she drank a lot of water to keep hydrated.

Her new healthy regimen meant the weight started to drop off and by April 2019 she had lost more than 7st stone in just 11 months.

She now weighs 11st, and her dress size has gone from a size 22 to a size 10.

Jade said: ‘I changed my diet to healthy foods, fruit, salads, vegetables, meats, healthy picky bits and sugar-free drinks.

‘I would eat fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, salad or an omelette for lunch, a healthy meal such as steak with sweet potato fries, and salad for dinner. 

Before changing her diet, Jade would feast on two Tesco meal deals in one-sitting, eat fast food, takeaways and guzzle fizzy drinks and three Red Bulls a night

Before changing her diet, Jade would feast on two Tesco meal deals in one-sitting, eat fast food, takeaways and guzzle fizzy drinks and three Red Bulls a night

Now she has ditched the ready meals and eats healthy foods like fruit, salads, vegetables, meats, healthy snacks and sugar-free drinks

Now she has ditched the ready meals and eats healthy foods like fruit, salads, vegetables, meats, healthy snacks and sugar-free drinks

Jade said she began to receive compliments about her weight loss and felt 'happier' and 'more confident' in herself which she sad was a better feeling than any  comfort eating

Jade said she began to receive compliments about her weight loss and felt ‘happier’ and ‘more confident’ in herself which she sad was a better feeling than any  comfort eating

She now eats a healthy breakfast of fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, with a salad or an omelette for lunch, a healthy meal such as steak with sweet potato fries, and salad for dinner

She now eats a healthy breakfast of fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, with a salad or an omelette for lunch, a healthy meal such as steak with sweet potato fries, and salad for dinner

However, she still eats her favourite foods, such as chocolate, but in moderation and has swapped fizzy drinks for sugar-free drinks

However, she still eats her favourite foods, such as chocolate, but in moderation and has swapped fizzy drinks for sugar-free drinks

Jade’s diet before  

Snacks:  Two Tesco meal deals in one-sitting 

Main meals: Fast food, ready meals and takeaways

Drinks: Fizzy drinks and three Red Bulls a night

 

Jade’s diet now 

Breakfast: Fruit and yoghurt

Snacks: Fruit or low-calorie snacks 

Lunch: Salad or an omelette

Dinner:  Steak with sweet potato fries and a salad

Drinks: Sugar-free drinks and water

‘Then I would snack on fruit or low-calorie snacks throughout the day.

‘Though I would have the odd treat here and there, I tried to fill myself up on good foods.

‘I never thought I even had it in me to even lose a stone, let alone nearly eight.

‘But I tried and on my first week, I lost seven pounds. I kept going and had lost more weight as time went on.

‘I began to receive compliments and feel better, happier, more confident in myself and it was a better feeling than any that I had gotten from comfort eating.

‘I am proud of myself. Don’t get me wrong, I still have wobbly bits, loose skin and compare myself to others, but I am such a happier, more active and better version of myself now.’

At the start of her weight loss journey, Jade set herself a target of 10,000 steps per day – something she now often triples, regularly walking 30,000 steps per day. 

She dropped many dress sizes, going from a size 22 to a size 10 in clothing (pictured: Jade in casual khaki trousers and a white t-shirt)

She dropped many dress sizes, going from a size 22 to a size 10 in clothing (pictured: Jade in casual khaki trousers and a white t-shirt)

Her new healthy regimen meant the weight started to drop off and by April 2019 she had lost more than seven stone in just 11 months

Her new healthy regimen meant the weight started to drop off and by April 2019 she had lost more than seven stone in just 11 months

Jade now weighs 11 stone, and her dress size has decreased from a size 22 to a size 10 and said she feels happier and more confident in herself

Jade now weighs 11 stone, and her dress size has decreased from a size 22 to a size 10 and said she feels happier and more confident in herself

The proud mother says she still has loose skin and 'wobbly bits' after shedding the stones but said she is 'a happier, more active and better version of' herself

 The proud mother says she still has loose skin and ‘wobbly bits’ after shedding the stones but said she is ‘a happier, more active and better version of’ herself

The mum said she now feels happier and more confident in herself, which was the most important change of all.

Jade still eats her favourite foods, such as chocolate, but in moderation.

She said: ‘I still love to walk, I normally do 100,000 steps a week.

‘I am more confident and aware of the good and bad foods now so I have more options of healthy foods I can eat, but I am human and I do have bad days where the chocolate cravings win.’

In a few words of advice to others who wish to get started on their fitness journey, Jade added: ‘If you want it enough, you can do it – it won’t happen overnight.

‘Some days will be harder than others, some days you will fail, but don’t give up. Make up for it the following day and start fresh.’

At the start of her weight loss journey, Jade set herself a target of 10,000 steps per day but she now often triples that amount, regularly walking 30,000 steps per day

At the start of her weight loss journey, Jade set herself a target of 10,000 steps per day but she now often triples that amount, regularly walking 30,000 steps per day

Jade said that even though she sometimes has days when her cravings for chocolate 'win' she advised others on their own weight-loss journey not to give up and to start again tomorrow

Jade said that even though she sometimes has days when her cravings for chocolate ‘win’ she advised others on their own weight-loss journey not to give up and to start again tomorrow

She also offered some words of advice to those just starting out on their fitness journey, saying that if you want it enough, you can do it but it won't happen overnight

She also offered some words of advice to those just starting out on their fitness journey, saying that if you want it enough, you can do it but it won’t happen overnight

Jade holds up a certificate naming her Slimming World's greatest loser, having lost a huge amount of weight in less than a year

Jade holds up a certificate naming her Slimming World’s greatest loser, having lost a huge amount of weight in less than a year 

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