'When somebody says something like that, it really affects you' - Sarah (24) on the mean comment that prompted her 5st weight loss
A Meath woman said an unintentionally cruel comment from a colleague motivated her to lose more than 5st (31kg) and helped her develop a passion for fitness.
Sarah Myles (24) from Enfield said she was hurt when a colleague said her body looked like she was a mother but said the passing comment didn't have a malicious intention.
"I was not long in my new job when one of my colleagues asked me if I had kids. I was only 21 at the time, and I didn't so I said no, but then she said, 'Oh you look like you have'. When somebody says something like that to you, it really affects you.
"When I told another woman I worked with about it she said she should have never said anything like that, but I do remember how it made me feel.
"It was the kick start I needed, but it wasn't a nice kick to get either," said Sarah.
At her heaviest Sarah weighed 14st (88kg), and was having problems with her stomach. After a series of tests, her doctor revealed that she was on the brink of Type 2 diabetes and also had a fatty liver.
"It shocked me. I knew I was overweight but I never thought I would have health implications like that. It was at that point I joined Weight Watchers and I started working with my personal trainer Mick Hughes."
After a few successful months at Weight Watchers, Sarah even inspired her parents to tackle their own health and her family has become much more active.
"It was difficult at the beginning because I was living at home and my mum and dad were eating the same things we always had. Seeing how I was getting on at Weight Watchers though, they decided to join and so far my mum has lost 3st and my dad has lost about a stone and a half. It is fantastic to be on the same page. Now I'm going to the gym with my mum, and going out running with dad, which were things I never thought we'd be doing together."
This month is an exciting one for Sarah as she gets set to begin a course in personal training, after being inspired by her own personal trainer Mick..
"I have found such great friends in my Weight Watchers leader Angela and my trainer Mick. Without her I wouldn't be where I am today.
"I fell in love with fitness and the gym, and I hope that after I finish this course I will be able to find work as a personal trainer. It would be fantastic to help someone who might be in the same position I was in to get to this place that I'm in now. It's changed my life completely," she said.