Success story

Cheryl Shapland

Cheryl's stats

Age 47
Height 5ft 6"
Start weight 13st 8lbs
Current weight 10st
Total lost 3st 8lbs




Maintainer 2018

“It all began in 2000, when I had just given birth to my second daughter. By this time I was overweight but still waddled around like I was amazing. My size didn’t bother me, I was just me.

“Then one day, out of the blue, my husband at the time called me something which stuck in my head: ‘fat’. He said he never had to worry about me leaving him, as who would love me? At the time, they were just words.

 “A few days later, I was at my local mum and tots group. I bent down in my lovely white cotton trousers and they split. I was so embarrassed and the words my husband said rang bells. I was sad and knew I had to do something.

 “I lost weight, but went on to have two more babies and more weight crept on with each one. Seven years on, I split up with my husband as I couldn't take it any more; I was miserable. The prospect of being a single mum of four children was scary, but I knew I couldn't carry on in an unhappy marriage when I needed to be an example to my children.

“I went on a holiday to Portugal in 2011, where I met the most amazing man in a bar. We kept in touch and I knew this was something serious. The words of my ex-husband still rang in my ears. Although I had lost a little weight, I was struggling to keep motivated on my own, so I decided to try Cambridge Weight Plan, as my friend had told me about it. It was the best decision of my life. It fitted in perfectly with my busy lifestyle and I was still able to socialise with my new partner and eat dinner with my young children.

“I’m no longer fat and frumpy, I'm a yummy mummy. I get told I look like a sister rather than mum to my daughters, which is a massive compliment being 46. My children are my world and my new-found weight loss, body and confidence has changed my whole outlook on life. Now they are grown up, we go out socialising together.

“In 2014, my new partner proposed and we got married in 2015. I felt like a princess and that’s exactly how he has treated me from day one. My insecurities may not have been founded in this relationship, but losing the weight and maintaining it now for six years got the real Cheryl back.

“18 years later from that first comment seems a lifetime away and, although it took me 12 years to find Cambridge Weight Plan, I did and I am back to me.”

Cheryl Shapland after After
Cheryl Shapland before Before

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