My weight problems began as a child. At school I weighed the same as my age; at 12 I was 12st, at 13 I was 13st and so on. As I got older I gained more weight with each of my three pregnancies.
I tried following meal -replacement plans and low-carb diets, but I'd always regain any weight I lost when I went back to my normal eating habits. By my 30s I thought I was destined to be overweight forever.
I was diagnosed with gallstones and the doctors said they’d be unable to operate on me until I'd lost weight. That, coupled with an unflattering photo of me that was taken on a family holiday, was the final straw.
I saw a banner for my local Slimming World group, and decided to join. I kept the decision a secret from my family and friends though, telling them I was going to a Zumba class instead. I suppose I thought it was something that wasn’t necessarily seen as part of our Asian culture.
I didn’t think Slimming World would fit with my life, that I could still eat Asian food – but it fits so well.
The basic concept of the eating plan is making meals from scratch and that’s the Asian way – finding fresh ingredients and putting them all together to make beautiful food.
Once I told my husband and my children the truth they were very supportive, and now we all eat our favourite meals in a Slimming-World-friendly way – my husband’s lost 5st, too.
In total I've lost 4st 3lbs, dropping from a dress size 20 to a 10. Then I decided to train to become a Slimming World Consultant.
Being overweight is something that many people deal with; it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your background is. That’s the thing at Slimming World – everyone there is in the same boat and everyone will get a warm welcome, whether they’re 17 or 70.
Losing weight has changed my life. Before, I would sit back and watch my kids play; now, I’m an active, hands-on mum.
I’ve learned to believe in myself, too. Being named Consultant Slimmer of the Year 2016 was absolutely amazing – and especially to be the first ever Asian woman to win this award.
When I was younger I loved playing princesses and could never dress up in the pretty dresses like my friends because they didn’t fit me. Now I feel like I’m Cinderella and Slimming World is my glass slipper – it just fits.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.