New mother Claire Hamilton lost almost four stone after hearing workmates gossiping about her size
A new mother has shed almost four stone of baby weight after she overheard colleagues gossiping about her expanding waistline.
Stunning Claire Hamilton, 29, shrank from a size 14 to a size 8 after cutting out comfort food after bitchy colleagues left her devastated.
Claire, from Gillingham, Kent, piled on the pounds after giving birth to her daughter, Isla, in November 2011.
Despite the new mother making several attempts to shed her baby weight, it wasn’t until she heard colleagues laughing about her looks that she was spurred into starting a serious diet.
And after just over three months on a strict diet plan normally recommended only to obese people, Claire dropped three dresses sizes.
Claire, who works as a window dresser for a department store, said: ‘I knew I’d put on weight after I had Isla, and I wanted to lose it, but it just never seemed to be a priority.
‘I wasn’t happy with how I looked, but it was only when I heard other people talking about me that I got the kick up the backside I needed to do something about it.
‘I was in a toilet cubicle at work when I heard two other girls that I work with talking about me.
‘They were saying that I’d really let myself go since I’d had my little girl. I heard one of them say: ‘Maybe she just doesn’t realise how fat she is now?’
‘I was devastated. I had always been very slim and really taken pride in my appearance.
‘That was the motivation I needed to lose the baby weight. That night, I logged onto mumsnet and asked people how they’d lost the baby weight – and loads of people recommended the Cambridge plan.
‘It’s a very strict diet which is just what I needed. I’m all or nothing, so as soon as I committed to a diet where I was only allowed to eat shakes and soups, I was really committed.’
Claire, who is 5’4” tall, managed to shrink from tipping the scales at 11st 13lb to a tiny 8st 4lb in just over three months.
Claire said: ‘Those girls really upset me on that day, but they really did me a favour.
‘I didn’t recognise the person they were talking about.
‘My partner always told me that I was beautiful, but I worried that one day he would be thinking the same as they had done.
‘I wanted the old me back, and as soon as the pounds started melting away, it was easy to keep going.
‘It was so easy for the pounds to creep on when I was a new mum. I was putting all my energy into looking after Isla, and I just stopped caring about how I looked.
‘But now I realise that I can do both.
‘Every time I wanted to cave in and have a bar of chocolate, I’d just picture myself in my bikini, and I’d keep going.
‘I started going swimming twice a week too, to tone my muscles, which was a huge help.
‘People at work started to notice once a stone or so had come off, and I got loads of compliments.
‘The same people who I’d heard talking about me told me how good I looked – I’ve never told them that I overheard them, but it did make me feel good.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail

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