I’m no longer the fat girl in photos

For Sarah Payne, food was hard to escape from. Serving food for nine hours a day in her pub made it near on impossible to not think about food.  Feeling helpless, she joined a counselling group that specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

“I’d been overweight since around the age of 12. My mother noticed I was gaining weight once I was able to freely go out and buy sweet treats with my pocket money. My weight gain was steady over the years; I found myself in a vicious cycle of losing some weight but would then put it all back on. I never seemed to be able to get it under control.

When I was cooking for the family at home I’d catch myself finishing the kids’ leftovers, a chicken nugget here, a few chips there. I would forget all about those extra calories I’d eaten that day.

Then in August 2016, I chose a weight loss programme that combined a very low calorie diet with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to tackle my negative attitudes to food. Losing a pound a week just wasn’t motivating enough for me, I needed fast results. After speaking to my GP and getting the OK, I joined up immediately. At first I was hesitant about the counselling group, but wanted to give my all to the diet. I was committed to changing my life.

Joining a telephone counselling group was something completely new to me; it wasn’t offered with any other diet plan I’d tried before. My Counsellor helped me to see I was an emotional eater. If I was happy I’d reach for food, if I’d had a bad day I’d find comfort in food. Without the group support I wouldn’t have been aware that my mindless eating left me consuming an extra 1000 calories a day!

This has been the best way to lose weight because it’s changed my mindset for life.”

Find out more about Sarah’s very low calorie diet.