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Ashley started her weight loss journey 2 years ago and has since lost over 5 stone and dropped 4 dress sizes. As well as losing the pounds Ashley has also improved her mental and physical health, increased her fitness and improved her quality of life along the way.

We caught up with Ashley to find out more about her journey.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am currently 39 years old and about to turn 40 next month. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful kids aged 19,17 and 6. As well as that I work part time in a local bakery and just over 2 years ago I weighed 17.5 stone, was a size 20 and could barely walk my son to nursery.

Tell us about what prompted you to lose weight

I have battled with my weight for most of my life, but things took a turn for the worst after I lost my job and my long term relationship broke down. I was struggling massively with my mental health and I started to gain a lot of weight. I decided to go for a well woman check and the results in front of me shocked me into action. This was my turning point.

Tell us about your journey so far.

I started my journey small, changing my diet to include lots of healthy foods and I started walking 5 miles per day. I then decided to get a gym membership and started using the facilities at Broadwood and the Tryst. Since then I have gradually increased my activity and I now work out 5-6 days per week at the gym and also take part in fitness classes and go swimming.

How has this impacted your life?

Losing weight and getting healthy has impacted my life massively. Today I weigh 12 stone and I am a healthy size 12, I now have days out with friends and take my youngest son on fun adventures, when previously I wouldn’t want to leave the house. As well as this regular exercise has improved my mental health allowing me to come off my medication and deal with things I couldn't have before.

Any further comments?

Everyone I have met at NL Leisure has been amazing whether it’s the personal trainers, reception staff or the class teachers. I just love how exercise makes me feel and I have found that with the right mind-set and help from the right people you can get through anything. My life is far from perfect but it is so much better than it was. The only way is up and as they say life begins at 40!

ASHLEY SWIFT transformation photo

We are so proud of Ashley’s transformation and want to wish her well with her future goals and to thank her for letting us be a part of it.

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