A FERMANAGH woman who lost an incredible eight stone in just eight months through healthy eating has encouraged others to believe they can achieve the same success.
The weight she lost is the equivalent of over 50 bags of sugar!
Enniskillen woman Deborah Creighton, who lives with her husband and two children in Teemore, was a size 24 when she began her remarkable journey. Just eight months later, she is now a size 10.
Piano teacher Deborah said she’d tried other ways of losing weight in the past, but said it was only when it came to Halloween shopping last year it finally “clicked” she needed to do something.
“When that click goes off in your head, then you’re ready,” she said, adding she was developing issues with her joints, and wanted to get healthy for her children and family.
“It was when I had a proper good look in the mirror and I thought to myself you really need to get yourself sorted,” she said. “I just thought what am I doing, wake yourself up here.
“I’m blessed and lucky I woke myself up in time to do something about it. I was borderline diabetic, because it does run in both sides of the family and I also had gestational diabetes with my second child.
“I knew it was a thing I’d definitely have to keep an eye on, but I never thought anything of it because everyone loved me for who I was. I was a big bubbly girl and nobody really thought I was too bothered about it.”
Deborah puts her success down to her training team, local couple Mechelle and Michal Ihnat who run Ihnat Fitness. With Mechelle and Michal she followed a specially tailored meal plan to start, and later fitness training. She said the couple were with her through every step of her journey.
Deborah’s success, which she said did not involve any under eating, has been so phenomenal she said people are often sceptical about how she has achieved it. It also involved getting what she called “emotional eating” under control.”
“You have sceptics thinking you must be starving yourself,” she said. “Those who are sceptical should try the plan and see. Then come back to me in a couple of weeks when you’re buzzing with energy and loving life. You’re gaining your life back outside and outside. I’m stronger all over.”
Mechelle was full of praise for Deborah: “She is a determined, self-motivated lady who set a goal and smashed. She is a true role model and inspiration.”