Super Slimmer Trudy loses half her body weight
SLIMMER Trudy Motti is half the woman she was – and she's thrilled.
Trudy, 40, has dropped from just over 22 to 11 stone after she gave up scoffing six packs of crisps and began enjoying fresh fruit and veg instead.
When mum-of-five Trudy signed on with Slimming World for advice and encouragement in January 2012 she was a size 32 in clothes.
Now 18 months later she's down to a svelte 10-12 and said: "I felt awful. I wasn't wearing clothes that I liked. I wore clothes I could get into."
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Trudy, who is five feet four inches tall, said she'd been gaining weight for years.
The pounds began to pile on when she was pregnant and after the birth of her first child Jamie, now a 21-year-old chef.
"I ate. It was just an excuse eating for two," she said. Things then got worse when Trudy, who lives in Tetbury, lost both her parents in 1996.
Her dad George and mum Ann Birt died within two months of each other.
"Basically my world fell apart. I used food as comfort, I was really low. and struggling," said Trudy.
On visits to the doctor she used to be advised to do something about her bulk.
"I tried a range of shake drinks but I was always hungry," she said.
So Trudy found herself at weekly Slimming World meetings, now held at Sir William Romney's School in Tetbury, and they completely changed her life.
"You eat everyday food. But some food are sins and you're allowed 10 sins a day. They are treats," she said.
So Trudy turned her back on convenience foods like sugar-laden spaghetti bolognaise sauces and made her own.
She ruled out pizzas – it's one of the worst things because of all the cheese, she said – and instead enjoyed home-cooked cottage pie, roasts with fat trimmed from the meat, potatoes, pasta and more.
The best part was that the family – including husband Mark, 36, daughters Gemma, 19, Amber, 11 and Lily, five and son Harry, two – could and still do all eat the same.
"It is making a meal from scratch. It is better for the children as well," said Trudy who's happier too, especially because Amber is now proud to be seen out with her trimmer mum.