Zoe loses 10 st!

WITHYCOMBE mum-of-three Zoe Bisgrove who, at her heaviest, weighed more than 20 stone has lost half her body weight. Full-time mum Zoe now weighs less than the total amount of bodyweight she shed the equivalent of another person. Overweight since c

WITHYCOMBE mum-of-three Zoe Bisgrove - who, at her heaviest, weighed more than 20 stone - has lost half her body weight. Full-time mum Zoe now weighs less than the total amount of bodyweight she shed - the equivalent of another person. Overweight since childhood, Zoe piled on the pounds after scoffing bread, crisps and other fatty food.The larger she got, the more embarrassed she was to tackle her weight problem and it quickly became a vicious circle of misery - eating followed by self-loathing.Resigned to a lifetime of being fat, 20st 5lb Zoe, who could not walk upstairs without gasping for breath, turned her life around after joining the Exmouth Slimming World group.Waddling into her first meeting, a self-conscious Zoe, of Brooklands Road, swallowed her embarrassment and winced with shame when the scales tipped at more than 20 stone.Her dedication and determination paid off - less than a year-and-a-half-later she had shed a staggering 10 stone. And not long afterwards she reached her target weight of 10st 7lbs.Gone were the shapeless tent dresses, large baggy tee-shirts and unfashionable outsize trousers bought from specialist shops.Zoe, who is now a Slimming World consultant in Budleigh Salterton, dresses in svelte size eight-10 clothes, which she picks from the High Street. Even falling pregnant with her third child four months into the weight loss plan, she refused to let the news dampen her determination.Continuing to follow the club's healthy eating plan, she watched in amazement as her baby bump grew, while the rest of her shrank.At nine months pregnant, Zoe weighed in seven stones lighter than when she started dieting.Zoe, who continued to shed the pounds after reaching her target, said she had always struggled with her weight - even as a youngster she was on a permanent diet and denied the foods enjoyed by her friends.Mum to three boys, aged 11, three-and-a-half and 18 months, Zoe said: "I struggled to buy clothes that were fashionable. And, when I did find something I liked, it was expensive. I had only one outfit for going out."When I became pregnant, I was four months into the diet. When I told people, I could see them thinking 'she'll put it all back on' - but I have probably lost the equivalent weight of all my kids now.


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