Runaway success Helena is bursting with newfound energy and is all set to run her way through 2019
I’d always been a size 14 to 16 but two years ago I ended up out of work for three months and put on more weight. When I went back to work I was horrified when people asked me if I was pregnant.
I then went to a christening wearing a coat and jeans as nothing else fit me. It was my all-time lowest point. That evening I was very upset and was online when an ad came up for Unislim Clane. I recognised the leader Sarah from coming into the shop I work in and thought I’ll give it a go. That was January 2017.
At my first weight in with Unislim I was almost 14 stone. Sarah said to me ‘It’s a starting point. We’ll get you going in the right direction’.
I began tracking what I was eating and the following week I was down 5 and a half pounds. I was delighted. That was just from following the plan.
I’ve now lost 4 stone 3 pounds and have taken up running.
I’ve turned my life around and it’s thanks to Sarah and Unislim. I’m at the front of photos now or the first to take a selfie! My son has signed us up for 1000Km running challenge over 2019. It’s given me a new love of life, a sense of adventure.
Now I have more enthusiasm for life and more confidence than ever. I’m a completely different person to who I was two years ago.
The support from my work colleagues, my Unislim class and family has been incredible. I feel like the whole town is behind me!
My favourite recipes
Picture this: it's Sunday afternoon, sunshine is streaming through the window, you're feeling good but you've to think of Sunday dinner. You've got 4 chicken breasts on the bone in your fridge, you've got lots of vegs, couscous in the press and spices galore. This just screams chicken supreme!
Make yourself a cuppa and turn on some happy tunes and get chopping. This recipe is versatile and adaptable and you can bulk it up with whatever veg you have in the fridge. You can even roast a whole garlic bulb along with your chicken if you want something truly decadent.
If you want to go above and beyond, then try and mix a rake of fresh herbs and some lemon zest chopped up small in the couscous at the end (think parsley, coriander, celery leaves, basil, tarragon and mint). Just bunch them all up together and chop them finely. Stir them in just before serving.
Eating starts with the eyes and there is nothing more appetising than a great tray of herby couscous topped with juicy chicken supremes. Absolutely glorious food for your Sunday dinner.