'I worried I'd squash my horse!' 15 stone woman who binged on ice cream and chocolate sheds FIVE stone in seven months so she could ride again
19:14 GMT, 23 March 2012
A super-slimmer today told how she shed a third of her body weight – so she could get back on her beloved horse.
Equine-mad Maria Anderson, 45, dropped an incredible six dress sizes in just seven months for the love of her trusty steed, Jake.
The size 22 mother-of-three dreaded riding three-year-old Jake for fear the young horse could not take her 15 stone weight.
Incentive: Super-slimmer Maria Anderson shed five stone in seven months so that she could ride her beloved horse Jake
Before: The size 22 mother-of-three dreaded riding three-year-old Jake for fear the young horse couldn't take her weight – but now she's a size 10 and 10st, she leaps onto Jake's saddle without a second thought
So she decided to take action and has now slimmed down to a trim 10 stone size 10 – and leaps into Jake’s saddle several times a week without a second thought.
Maria, who lives in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, said she now 'can’t believe it' when she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror.
She said: 'It was Jake who was my inspiration. I knew it would benefit us both if he didn’t need to carry so much weight.
Before her diet, Maria Anderson would binge on chocolate and ice cream she stashed around the house
'He’s only turning four this May so he’s just a baby.
'I always rode horses as a child but was never privileged enough to have horses of my own.
got Jake last June. I weighed 15 stone at that point and the minute I
got him I knew I had to make an effort to lose some weight.'
her heavier days, Maria used to hide chocolate treats around her house
and wait for her family to go to bed before feasting on midnight snacks
of Mars bars, crisps and ice cream.
suffered from low self-esteem, painful knee joints and constant
heartburn. But it was only getting her horse Jake that the housekeeper
was inspired to lose weight.
Her weight dropped after she began attending Slimming World sessions.
She said: 'My target weight was 10
stone and I lost four stone in my first five months. I’m now at my
target and I’ve stayed at it.'
'The hardest thing for me when I was
heavier was the low self-esteem and always beating myself up about not
being able to buy nice things,' she said
'Before I lost the weight, I would constantly be picking at unhealthy food.
wait until everyone had gone to bed at night to start eating or I’d buy
things and hide them at the back of cupboards or tucked in at the back
of the freezer so no-one else would find them.
'I always snacked on chocolate, crisps and ice cream and I loved Mars bars especially.
I can allow myself the odd Mars bar and just leave it in the freezer in
full view because it’s usually there for ages now anyway because I’d
only have a bit at a time.'
'My heartburn has gone too now and I have no pain in my knee joints,' says Maria. 'Most of all, I love to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror – I can’t believe it’s me.'
new Maria – crowned Slimming World’s Greatest Loser 2012 – now adores
clothes shopping and has turned on her back on ‘hiding’ her body.
many people have noticed the difference in me and there are actually
people walking past me in the street and congratulating me about how
much I’ve lost,' she said.
got so much more confidence in myself now and I love going shopping and
picking up size 10s and size 12s and knowing they’ll fit.
hated shopping before because I was just looking for anything that
would hide my body. Now I look for fitted things to show off my shape.
'My heartburn has gone too now and I have no pain in my knee joints.
Most of all, I love to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror – I can’t believe it’s me.'