Mum shed 5st in 7 months without exercise after beach picture ‘disgusted’ her
A mother shed five stone in seven months without exercise after being left disgusted with a picture her husband took of her.
Kayleigh Janek, 33, was busy looking after her two children, Mischa, nine, and Tommy, one, and often opted for quick and easy meals and snacks.
The accounts manager, from Reading, also suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that has meant her weight has fluctuated for most of her life.
But when the coronavirus lockdown started to ease in May 2020, Kayleigh and her family enjoyed a well-deserved trip to the beach.
Whilst there, Kayleigh’s husband Marek, 42, took a picture of her – leaving Kayleigh was “disgusted” at what she saw and immediately wanted to cover up and go home.
At 15st 4lb and whilst wearing a UK size 18, Kayleigh decided that it was time for her to do something for herself and so she joined Slimming World a few days later.
Kayleigh hasn’t looked back since and in just seven months, she has lost an incredible five stone and now weighs 10st 4lb and is a super svelte UK size 10.
Before her weight loss, Kayleigh didn’t exercise and consumed around 3,000 calories a day which consisted of a fresh pastry and iced coffee for breakfast, a foot long Subway sandwich with a cookie and fizzy drink for lunch, and an oven pizza for dinner and a large bar of Lindt chocolate as a snack.
Now Kayleigh has yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, a tortilla wrap pizza with salad for lunch, and steak with chips, coleslaw and blue cheese sauce for dinner totalling 1,300 calories.
Kayleigh didn’t exercise during her weight loss journey, but she now enjoys some light exercise like hula hooping a few times a week.
The mum-of-two now loves what she sees in the mirror, she has more energy to play with and home-school her children whilst working from home herself and her PCOS symptoms of mood swings, skin outbreaks and cramps have disappeared.
“I’ve never really been happy with the way I looked. I lacked confidence and was insecure,” said Kayleigh.
“I was exhausted, had no energy, and sleepless nights with a newborn were difficult. I’d rather stay home than face the world.
“In May 2020, after lockdown was eased, we went to the beach, my husband took a photo of me and it was the moment I said enough was enough. I was disgusted. I instantly wanted to cover myself up and go home.
“I joined Slimming World a few days later. With returning to work in September looming after my maternity leave, I knew I didn’t want to return the way I was. I didn’t want stares or people talking about how big I’d got.
“I felt paranoid in anything I wore as nothing fit and I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror. I knew I didn’t want to feel like that ever again.
“It was a little daunting having to join Slimming World in lockdown via Zoom, on a screen with people I’d never met but I was ready and willing to try. I chose slimming world as it’s not a diet but a change of lifestyle and that’s what I needed.
“As the weight dropped off, I started to feel like I could really do this. I didn’t have a lot of faith in myself at the beginning, but week by week the weight came off and it made me believe in myself more and more.”
Kayleigh says she now feels like herself again and is still a “little bit shocked” when she sees her new reflection in the mirror.
When Kayleigh went back to work in September 2020 after her maternity leave, her colleagues commented on how she was unrecognisable and said that she had inspired them.
These comments fill Kayleigh with pride and make the hardest part of her weight loss journey worth it.
“My diet now consists of fruit and veg with every single meal, but I still enjoy a low calorie sweet treat in the evening,” she said.
“I didn’t exercise to lose the weight but I actually enjoy some light exercise now that I’m smaller and have more energy.
“The hardest things about my journey was saying no to things I wouldn’t usually think twice about putting in my mouth.
“It was also hard to find clothes for my new figure with Covid, lockdown and shops being shut I had no idea of my new clothes/bra size so I had to guess.
“I’ve had some work colleagues say they didn’t recognise me. I’ve been told I look amazing and that I’ve inspired them.
“I’ve had nothing but lovely, kind and supportive comments from everyone I know.
“I never set out to inspire people but it’s the biggest compliment I think I could have.
“Surround yourself with family and friends that are going to support you – you don’t realise how much of an effect the people around you can have. Maybe even find a friend that wants to join you so you can support each other.
“Do your research and find a diet and lifestyle that is right for you. If you feel like you are going to be deprived, you won’t enjoy it and won’t be able to stick to it.
“Set yourself small achievable goals. If you have a bad day, draw a line and start again the next day, don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week.”