Inspirational Natalie share's her brave story to help others lose weight - The Evesham Observer

Inspirational Natalie share's her brave story to help others lose weight

Evesham Editorial 4th Aug, 2017 Updated: 5th Aug, 2017   0

AN EVESHAM mum who battled her weight for a number of years and fought depression hopes to share her story with others.

Natalie Moxey will launch her own Slimming World group at the De Montfort School next Saturday from 9.30am.

The mum of two has fought back from weighing more than 18 stone and having to wear size 22 clothes.

Natalie had always battled with her weight, stretching back as far as her teen years but her weight gain spiralled out of control over the past five years.

After tying the knot with her childhood sweetheart Tom in August 2011, the happy couple dreamed of starting a family.

But after the joy of falling pregnant in March 2012, Natalie and Tom suffered the heartbreak of a miscarriage on Mothers Day.

Following the tragic loss, the couple struggled to conceive and Natalie was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone-related condition caused by small cysts or follicles on the ovaries.

Despite the setback, Natalie fell pregnant in 2013 but endured an awful first 12 weeks where she suffered bleeding and cramping.

Little David arrived safely in December 2013 after a pregnancy beset by severe pelvic pain which made it difficult for Natalie to walk and ended with an emergency c-section after complications during his birth.

The couple discovered a second baby, Jack was on the way six months after David’s birth but again Natalie endured a difficult pregnancy with pelvic pain so bad she ended in up in a wheelchair.

Despite Jack’s safe and healthy arrival, Natalie was haunted by the demons of the previous years which led to a crippling depression.

“I was eating my feelings, with no care of concern for myself. Getting through the day was my only aim,” she said.

“To me, food was an instant high – but really it was just compounding my depression. I had no control.

The 31-year-old saw her weight rocket and regularly dined on sugary cereals, crisps, chocolate and ready meals and would often eat takeaways, sometimes up to five times a week.

“During the day, I wasn’t that bad, but at night I’d just sit and eat and eat,’ she said.

The caring mum tackled various weight loss methods but said her life began to change when she first attended a Slimming World group last January.

She discovered she could still eat tasty meals and chocolate and even the odd glass or two of wine.

“Before I could barely walk but now I run regular 5ks and enjoy exercising at local fitness groups,” she said.

“I can chase around after my boys without having to worry about not keeping up, or getting stuck on a slide!

Call Natalie on 07791674678 on the group.

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