Plymouth mum looks unrecognisable from this newspaper picture two years ago – Plymouth Live


Posted: May 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

A Plymouth mum was left so horrified by photographs of herself in her local newspaper that she shed a massive EIGHT stone.

Catherine Scawn bravely featured in the Plymouth Herald two years ago, to share how she had overcome a mental breakdown, but she was left shocked after she "hadn't realised how large she had become" until she saw the article.

At the time, the mum-of-three peaked at 19st 4lbs and wore a size 20 dress.

"It was no good overcoming one thing, to be at risk of dying from obesity," Cath said.

"I had got to a stage where I didnt like to be touched and couldnt stand my reflection in the mirror.

"I needed to make a drastic change for my health, my children and my husband."

The 42-year-old from Saltash, said she "made the decision to do something" about her weight having got her]mental health "back from the brink".

Cath now weighs an incredible 11st 4lbs and can fit into a size 10.

The florist originally lost over 4st through using dietary supplements and weight management until she lost enough weight to qualify for surgery.

She said: "My GP initially put me on orlistat tablets to remove fats and help me to choose better food options, whilst I was put on the waiting list for weight management.

"I started the weight management two year programme in November 2017. Whilst doing weight management my weight reduced slightly, but they needed to see a loss of 5 per cent to qualify for weight loss surgery."

Cath struggled to lose the weight in the set time-frame and get her BMI, which was previously 47, down to 30.

She was able to keep trying and decided to give a new meal replacement and nutritional supplements plan a try at 17st 10lbs.

"I had seen others with good results", she said.

"There was no news of when surgery would be, so I thought to aid in weight loss during the wait and to ensure I kept off that 5 per cent, I had nothing to lose.

"Within the first two days Id lost 5lb, which then spurred me on to keep going. And I was gob smacked at how easy it was and the results were fantastic.

"I then got the news my gastric bypass would be on September 3. I weighed 15st 10lbs on the day of surgery."

Cath said before she began her weight loss journey, she used to eat a large breakfast and would "secretly eat" lunch and hide wrappers, then eat a large evening meal.

She would also finish what her children had left and would say it was OK because she "had not had lunch".

"I did no exercise and didnt drink enough and what I did drink was mostly carbonated soft drinks," she said.

Cath has now cut out fizzy drinks, has a "sensible breakfast, light lunch, piece of fruit and a small evening meal", along with plenty of water.

She also alternates between her meal replacement plan, which is a herbal tea before breakfast, replacement meal shake for breakfast, fruit, meal replacement shake for lunch, protein bar mid afternoon and a sensible evening meal, with lots of water throughout the day.

Cath said: "Both have enabled me to lose more weight; in total Ive now lost 8st and I am currently at 11st 4lbs and size 10-12 and no longer feel I have to cut the labels out of my clothes to hide my size."

During the lockdown, Cath has struggled to exercise as she used to go to the gym for an hour most days, but it has not impacted her eating habits.

She said that she "loves having non-scale victories".

"It's not about what the scales say, but the things you couldn't do before", she said.

"Like wear knee-high boots as your calves were too big, wrap a towel around you without a gap, sit in the bath or a chair without your thighs touching."

Have you got a weight loss story to share? Get in touch via email at katie.timms@reachplc.com

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