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'I felt fitter and healthier than ever before'

Published 18/08/2011 | 05:00

Mum-of-three Noelle Sexton (32) from Douglas, Co Cork, says she found staying fit during pregnancy, thanks to her Curves gym classes, helped her lose her pregnancy pounds after the birth.

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She says: "When I was pregnant with my first child I put on six stone and it took me years to lose the weight. It was the same with my second; I snacked a lot during my maternity leave which left me heavy and feeling miserable.

"I tried diets but denying myself food just made me obsess about it -- I would go to bed and wake up thinking about chocolate bars and I found it hard to make the family one meal and something else for myself.

"In October 2007, I joined Curves gym when my middle child Katie was 16 months because I wanted to lose weight for my wedding during Christmas 2009.

"I started at 13.5 stone and got down to 10.5. I felt fantastic and sexy for the first time in ages -- then I got pregnant again.

"I kept up my lunchtime half-hour classes at Curves right up until my 36th week of pregnancy (then I was barred!), but I felt fitter and healthier in this pregnancy than ever before.

"I was 14 stone when I came to the gym, half a stone heavier than when I first joined, but the weight fell off me because I was fitter and I'm almost back to my 10.5 stone ideal weight.

"Exercise worked for me because I could fit it around being a working mum and still eat more or less what I liked. I wished I'd started years ago!"

Irish Independent

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