‘I was sick of being that fat mum sitting in the car’- Irish mum (38) on shifting seven stone and fitting into size 10 jeans
A Limerick mum who transformed her body and shifted seven stone said a fear of embarrassing her children was the motivation behind her massive weight loss.
Sarah Lynch (38) once weighed more than 17 stone and said she was afraid of missing out on the lives of her four children because of her weight.
“I have been big all my life, but my weight really began to bother me when I had children. I didn’t want to be the fat mum who sat on the sidelines or who waited in the car,” said Sarah, who is originally from Birmingham but lives in Ballingarry.
“I was never embarrassed of my mum and I didn’t want my children to feel that way either. Children can be cruel, and everything is so social media focused. I never wanted my kids to hear someone say ‘Jesus have you seen the size of the twins’ mum?’”
The stay-at-home mum said she battled with her weight for as long as she can remember, but the pounds really crept on when she had children. Sarah and her husband Aidan have four kids, twins Lisa and Orla (14), Eoin (11) and Edward (7).
“I got married when I was 22 to my best friend, and soon had twin girls. I just got bigger and bigger. Throughout the next few years, I had two more children and weight just became more of a problem for me.
“To the outside world I always made sure to adopt this bubbly and bright personality. I always tried to be the belle of the ball whenever we were socialising, but it was all a front.
“I was a huge comfort eater. I became a stay-at-home mum when my third child was born, and I’d have the dinner ready for the kids when they came home from school at 3. I was clearing their plates and I’d be picking at everything that was left over on them with the attitude that throwing it away was such a waste."
Before Sarah joined Weight Watchers, she had reached 17 stone and was wearing a size 22 and said she was envious of her friends who could buy whole outfits on the high street for a reasonable price.
“I used to spend a fortune on clothes, trying to get ones that fitted me. While all my friends were spending €40 or €50 on a whole outfit, I was spending the same on a pair of underwear. When I lost that first four stone, one of the best things was being able to fit in normal sizes again, to be able to buy things on the high street really easily.
“Before when I was going out for a date with my husband Aidan, he’d be baffled when I said I had nothing to wear despite my busting wardrobe but there isn’t a worse feeling than trying to squeeze into jeans that don’t fit you or to pull on a tight top.
“I was a size 22 before but now I know that if I go into Penneys and pick up a size ten it will fit me.”
In total, Sarah has lost more than 7 stone in Weight Watchers and is now a clerk in the weekly meeting in Newcastle West led by Sandra Maher.
“I decided to join Weight Watchers to keep my friend company and I was surprised to find how simple it was. I really began to go hell for leather with it and lost four stone within a short period of time. The thing I like most about it is that there is no measuring or calorie counting, which made it so simple for me. It felt like I could achieve it. When I got down to 13 stone, I really started to feel great.
“People began telling me how great I was looking and I began to find bones that I never knew existed. The weekly meeting soon became something of a social outlet for me. I made such great friends and now, the only reason I’d miss a meeting is because of the children.
“My husband Aidan has been a huge support to me. We fell in love when we were young and married when we were 22. He’s my best friend and as one of my treats we go for two Calypso coffees in Adare every Wednesday evening after Weight Watchers. I still have my treats, I just know where to draw the line now.”
The mum-of-four admitted that fashion is something she really relishes now that she has tackled her weight, and said it is a thrill to pick up a size ten dress and know it is going to fit.
“My only regret about losing weight is that I didn’t do it sooner. When I was getting married, I bought a dress and the lady told me not to worry that I’d fit into it because I would lose weight with the stress of wedding planning. I didn’t lose any weight and instead, I had to put inserts on either side of my dress in order to fit. I hate looking at that picture.
“It is a big comparison to when I did my Weight Watchers photoshoot because the stylists had to pin a size 12 dress behind me because it was way too big. It’s a great feeling and one I never want to go away,” she said.