Sinead uses weight loss success to inspire others
A MOTHER-of-two has become inspired by her new lease of life after she lost over four stone through Slimming World that she now runs her own group in Rush.
Sinead Donnelly (34) was always bigger than her friends when she was growing up and felt like she didn't fit in.
Now she is four dresses smaller and stands out for all the right reasons.
'It's hard to be invisible when you are 14 years old and weigh 14 stone,' Sinead, who lives in Duleek, told the Fingal Independent.
'I was a shy, awkward teenager who hated being the centre of attention because of my weight. Bullies drove me to comfort eat chocolate and pretty much anything I could get my hands on,' she said.
When she went to college to train as a Social Care Practitioner, she worked part time in her local shop.
'The temptation of sweets and greasy canteen food became too much and by the time I finished college at the age of 21, I weighed 20 stone 10lbs,' said Sinead.
She said she would get upset about how she looked and resolved to loose weight as quick as possible.
'One fad diet after another. I would loose two stone quite quickly surviving on porridge, eggs and apples,' she said.
'I blamed being big on my genes as several of my family were overweight.'
She said the tables turned in February 2012 on the day of her son's birthday.
'I made a decision that would change my life forever. I joined my local Slimming World class.'
Sinead said when she stood on the weighing scales, she had tears in her eyes.
'I looked down and the scales said 14 stone 2lbs. My consultant put her hand on my arm and reassured me that I will never see this weight again,' explained Sinead.
'She was so right. I never looked back. I found a new love for cooking. And hearing all the members talk about eating all the food they love inspired me to want to have curries, chips and stews, food I never though I would be allowed eat on a diet.'
She said alcohol and chocolate were not banned and there was room for everything.
'Losing weight has given me so much confidence. I set myself a goal that I would reach my target weight of ten stone seven pounds by Christmas.
'I have now reached my goal and enjoying my new self-esteem and wardrobe. This was a gift that money could not buy,' she said.
Sinead runs her own Slimming World group in St Maur's GAA Club in Rush on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm to give others the joy she has now.
'Everyone is welcome and the kettle is always on,' said Sinead.