Fiona O Brien
Married with 2 boys. Living in Meath
Weight Lost - 72lbs
Well I never thought that I would be writing a testimonial!! #Daretodream I have done it!! I have lost an incredible, life changing amount of weight. I have lost a total of 72LB!!! (5 stone & 2lb) in 6months, 2 programs and have successfully maintained it now for 4 weeks.
Here is my story - I have been overweight nearly all my adult life. August 2021 was the lowest point for me. I was at my heaviest ever and I didn’t realise how unhappy I was. It was my son’s confirmation. I had bought a lovely dress, but it didn’t fit me (it wouldn’t even go over my legs). I had to go to my wardrobe to see what I could wear but nothing fitted me. I remember looking in the mirror that day and saying to myself I will NEVER, EVER feel like this again. I needed to do something; something had to change. I had a friend who was doing body slims and she was doing exceptionally well, she was inspirational, she had mentioned it to me earlier in the year, but I dismissed it. So, then I started looking into Bodyslims and thought what have I got to lose and the answer was nothing (except all this weight).
In September 2021, I joined Bodyslims, the day my life would change forever!!! The best bit of advice I got was just give it your all for the 10 weeks and do what Gerard says when he says it and you won’t go wrong. So that is exactly what I did, I did exactly what I was told when I was told to do it. The walking, the 3 for 2, the seminars, the daily videos, taking the photos, the daily song, listening to the weight whispers every night, reading the testimonials. I did it all!! I have cried, I have laughed, I have been angry, I have been sad on the journey but what a journey it has been!!
I found the whole journey life changing, emotional, inspiring, and totally enjoyable. I loved it all. Where would I be today without Bodyslims? It's hard to imagine and I get very emotional when I think about it. I will be always grateful for the day I decided to take the leap of faith and do it.
My weight always weighed me down both physically and mentally and for the 1st time in my life the monkey is gone off my back. I have done it. How amazing is that!!
The thing I enjoyed most was taking the photos and looking back as well as filling a bag with the weight I lost and seeing what progress I had made. This gave me the biggest push to see how far I had come. This will be a reminder to me as I move into the future I will never go back!
The next thing was the clothes – all the clothes that no longer fit me are gone - 6+ bags of them!! No more safety blanket now and instead a whole new wardrobe which is exciting!
Sometimes I get imposter syndrome when I look in the mirror or I pick out a top which is a smaller size. I still can’t believe that I have done it and got to the size I have always dreamed of.
I remember reading David O’Rourke’s testimonial , there was one thing that struck a chord with me and I will bring it with me for the rest of my life: “How amazing it is that a man that I have never met or spoken to can change my life” I will be forever grateful for Gerard coming into my life at the right time and helping me to believe in myself again.
Oh and remember that dress that I got for the confirmation back in August 2021? Well the label is still on it and it's gone to the charity shop as it is way too big for me now!! #Daretodream
So today as I write this, I feel so proud and so grateful for the journey I have been on and continue to be on. I just want to thank Gerard and all his team and also to my friends who encouraged me to take the step and supported me through this journey. Thank you, thank you. And to my tribe around me who supported me and encouraged me, thank you to you all too - you all know who you are. I am very grateful to have you in my life.
So give it a go what have you got to lose? You won’t regret it!!
Fiona O Brien Stamullen