"I came to Rachel and Mike Ricketts at the Weight Loss Centre after many years of my weight and eating habits spiralling out of control.
Throughout my 20s I had turned to food and used it as an emotional comfort. It became my best friend. Whether I felt it was a time to celebrate or a time to commiserate, food was the first thing I turned to, no matter what time of the day, no matter how inconvenient it was to get my hands on and no matter how much I wanted to lose weight and be healthy, eating whatever type of food I could find was more important for the few minutes I ate it!
As a very unhappy size 22, I had simply become addicted to food at the age of 29. I visited my GP on many occasions and also completed a course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which helped for the duration of the course but soon enough, left to my own devices, I was binge eating and becoming more and more depressed.
I didn't want to work, which is very hard when you run your own business! I didn't want to socialize, I couldn't do my own housework and all I wanted to do was sleep and stay in bed all day, every day.
This was far from the vibrant, fun-loving, happy, hardworking and determined person I knew I really was!
I tried every diet I could get my hands on but nothing kept me on track for longer than 2 weeks. Food was ruling my life and, although those close to me knew my struggles, I felt so alone and had no idea where to turn for help.
It took me over a year to get the courage to visit Rachel as I really believed I should be able to help myself! Eventually I came to the conclusion that, if I was going to achieve the results I wanted by myself, I would have done so previously. It certainly wasn't from the want of trying but every time I did, my addiction took over and I would be back on the biggest battle with what I called my food demons!
The kick I needed came when I became engaged to get married in Sept 2012 and so I contacted Rachel and Mike in total desperation back in February 2012.
I began the weight loss plan on February 22nd and within 10 days I sincerely felt like a new person. I had expected to feel healthier 12 weeks down the line but I promise you, 10 days in and it was like someone had peeled off the ‘sad blue’ layer that had been causing me so much heartache at a size 22.
I followed the plan exactly and trusted the programme 100%. It is simple to understand, the meals are easy to prepare from the food list and, if you commit to the programme, you will lose weight!!
To cut to the end of my story, on 22nd September 2012 I became Mrs Bilsby in a size 10 wedding dress after losing 5 stone! This wouldn't have been possible without Rachel and Mike Ricketts and the Weight Loss Programme. It has saved my life, ten times over. I genuinely mean this.
I received support every time I needed it and I have learnt what I need to do for the rest of my life.
My 5 stone weight loss is a bonus. The best result has been in my mental state. I feel alive, happy, healthier and ready to live my life rather than living each day to eat.
I will always be in debt to Rachel and her team. My only regret is that I didn't find Rachel sooner! But, now I have met her, she will be a part of me forever.
If you are wondering whether she can help you, please please call her, she is the BEST around."