Meet Jessica | Our July Slimmer of the Month Winner
Jessica Ashforth-Patton, 22
Start weight 14st 4lb
Current weight: 10st 7lb
Lost: 3 st 11lb
What made you decide to lose weight?
I’ve struggled with body image all my life. Always been up and down with weight and never been truly happy with my body. After my second child I went through a really tough time emotionally and the pounds just kept creeping on. I reached a point where I was ashamed to even leave my home in fear of what people were thinking or even saying when they saw me.
When I did go out and saw people I felt so disgusted in myself I wished the ground to open up and swallow me, especially if it was people that know me as I’d reached the biggest I’d ever been.
I’d complain about my weight and the responses had changed, rather than “there’s nothing wrong with you” I’d get “you’ll lose it when you’re ready”. I’d complain I can’t seem to get my head in the game and I’d get “yes this is the biggest I’ve ever seen you but you’ll do it eventually”.
That didn’t sit well with me.
When I hopped on the scales and saw I weighed the same amount as I did at full term with my second baby I felt physically sick.
Enough was enough, things had to change.
My start clothing size was: 18/20
My current clothing size is: 8/10
What have you learnt during your journey with Exante?
I’ve learned that I can do anything I put my mind too. The determination it takes to stick to Total Solution in the first week or so is immense, if I can do that I can stick to anything!
I’ve also learned of the importance of your calorie intake and exercise. After turning to the Exante Facebook Page for support and advice I was advised to add back the calories burned with low-carb high-protein foods. I was skeptical at first as I didn’t want to ruin my losses but took on their advice and decided to see if it made difference. I was suprised to discover it actually aided my losses!
Through Exante I’ve learned about how to live a healthy lifestyle even after the diet. Adding calories back, loads of different meal ideas for maintaining, to eat clean 80% however its okay to enjoy “the naughties” so long as you don’t indulge/abuse, how the body works, starvation mode, needing protein for muscle repair and so much more!
Exante isn’t about the money like other diets, it’s genuinely about aiding people to live a healthier, vibrant lifestyle. Thank you.
How did your plan fit into your lifestyle?
I’m a single mum of 2 very young children so the fact the meal replacements were easily made and easy to transport it fit in extremely well for me. The hard part was not picking at the kids food, but I wanted the loss more than their chips!
When did you first notice a difference?
I noticed the first difference 2 weeks after beginning my journey when I jacket that has been to small for me for ages suddenly fit!
How has your life changed since losing weight?
I’m confident, happy, healthy. I’ve more energy than ever, I feel fitter than ever. I can leave the house with my head held high, walk up the stairs without getting out of breath. I can buy clothes without embarrassment of their size. I don’t have to worry about what I’ll wear anymore because everything looks great.
I feel the best I’ve ever felt and comfortable in my own skin, more so than ever before. I’ve got a positive mind set and determined to keep my life heading in this direction. I feel like a whole new me and it doesn’t stop here! I’d like to tone up and build muscle next.