Great Cornard woman wins Slimming World award after shedding three stone in four months
A woman from Great Cornard, who shed three stone in four months, says her significant weight loss has enabled her to become a more pro-active mother.
Since shedding the weight, Zoe Tonkins, of Freestone Way, noticed a sharp rise in her self-esteem, and was crowned Woman of the Year at a weekly Slimming World group in recognition of her achievement.
The mother-of-two was motivated to lose weight so that she could interact more with her young children, Lucas, four, and Ellie-Mai, three.
“I would take them to the park but I wouldn’t join in,” said the 33-year-old. “It affected my health because my eating habits were ridiculous.
“I was always out of breath, so I would take them to the park or play centre where I could sit down.
“I hadn’t taken them swimming for over a year because I refused to get into a swimming suit,” added Miss Tonkins. “It made me feel anxious.”
Having lost two stone in the space of two months, she was motivated to reach her target weight, which was achieved two months later.
“I had to focus 100 per cent because I had to do it for myself and for my children,” she explained.
Before the weight loss, Miss Tonkins experienced problems with her self-esteem.
“I had a low opinion of myself,” she said. “I was wearing baggy clothes to hide it and my size bothered me.”
Not only has the transition to a more healthier diet improved her lifestyle, it has boosted her wellbeing.
“My confidence is so much better,” she said. “I have always struggled with it ,but it is now coming back.”
Throughout the challenge, her main motivation was her children.
“I didn’t just do this for me, I did it for them,” she said. “I want them to be proud of a mum who can join in with them.”