Jodie slims down against the odds
Dec 28 2009 By Diane Parkes
Jodie Underhill, who is now weighing in at around ten stone, with her children one-year-old Hannah and Tony, four.
Mum's the word for Jodie Underhill who successfully shifted seven stone in weight, despite having two children during her diet. The 31-year-old from Walsall has experienced the ups and downs of weight loss and gain since she joined Slimming World six years ago but is now celebrating hitting her target. And she is making the most of her success by launching her own club which opened last week.
Despite weighing more than 17 stone, Jodie says she never actually intended to go on a diet. I actually joined Slimming World to support a friend who wanted to lose weight, she says. I knew I was the size I was but I didnt want to do anything about it.
I think I started to put on weight when I was at senior school. When I was younger I did a lot of dancing, ballet, tap, jazz those kind of things and when I look at pictures of me then I was slim.
But then I was gradually putting weight on. My parents split up and my dad was left looking after us and we all tended to eat different meals. I think that was when I was putting weight on.
When Jodie joined Slimming World she initially did really well. I lost five stone in about a year but then I became pregnant and put about four of it back on. I lost it again and then became pregnant again and put a bit more on. But since then I have managed to keep going.
When I started I was 17st 2lb and the last time I weighed myself I was 10st 3lb but I am sure by now I have lost the full seven stone.
And part of the reason she is keeping so trim is because Jodie has been pounding the pavements delivering leaflets for her new role as a Slimming World consultant. It is a brand new club so I have been out walking the streets and delivering about 3,000 leaflets, she says. That must have shifted the last pound-and-a-half.
Jodie, whose children are Toby, aged four, and Hannah, who is nearly two, admits she totally changed her diet to lose the weight.
In just one week I would eat two fish and chips and two curries or pizzas, she says. I was just eating junk food. But I changed everything and now make sure I cook a meal for my partner and the children every night from scratch. We all eat much more healthily now.
I also do more. I walk Toby to and from nursery and if I am in a building and have a choice of stairs or lift I use the stairs. I havent joined the gym but I do more.
And she is feeling the benefits. I have more energy. Before I wouldnt feel like doing anything but now I just get up and do it. I just feel so much better now than I did.
And I changed my entire wardrobe, except for one pair of trousers which are size 24. When I first started losing weight I kept the clothes and just wore baggy things. When they were too big I bought just cheap clothes as I knew I wouldnt be keeping them. But now I have a whole new set of clothes.
I used to hate going into shops like Evans because you dont go in there if you are a size 12.
* Jodies Slimming World club meets on Tuesdays at 7pm at Hill Top Methodist Church, New Street, West Bromwich. For more information visit www.slimmingworld.com
Jodies before menu
Snack chocolate bar
Lunch sandwich and crisps
Tea fish and chips
Snack two slices of toast with butter
Jodies now menu
Breakfast bowl of cereal
Snack yoghurt with chopped up fruit
Lunch egg salad
Snack packet of French Fries
Tea spaghetti Bolognaise
Snack Curly Wurly
Occasional treat glass of red wine