Primary School Teacher
Weight Lost - 63lbs
My name is Niamh Dodrill and I am a mother of three young children living on the northside of Dublin. I work as a primary school teacher and love what I do. In the summer of 2018 I was tagged on Facebook about Bodyslims. At that time, I was at my heaviest I had ever been. My self-confidence was at an all-time low.
I was repulsed by what I seen in the mirror. Each day I would say ‘right that’s it, I’m starting a diet today’. Although my intentions were good, I just was never able to stick it out for more than a couple of days. It was all or nothing with me and if I waivered in anyway – that was the end and I would binge on food till I made yet another promise to myself that I couldn’t fulfill. After years of attending various different slimming groups and managing to shift some weight (never ever realising my true dream weight), then re gaining it, I had lost faith in myself. How was it that I could do anything for anyone but yet couldn’t manage to give myself what I so desperately wanted, which was the old me.
The physical aspect of the weight gain was bad enough but it was the emotional side that I struggled with the most. I had a daily argument with myself - I am an intelligent person, who likes clothes and fashion and likes to keep themselves well but the reality is I am a FAT person who has failed. This feeling was compounded when I would open my wardrobe and look at all the beautiful clothes that didn’t fit me anymore and then having to resort to the oversized items that I would wrestle my way into. I was good at covering up and managed to dress to hide the fat but the tight jeans that left scorch marks on my waist were yet another constant reminder of how much I had failed.
I had resigned myself to the fact that this was me now, whether I liked it or not. I knew how to lose weight but could not get my head around it. At this point I was seriously considering hypnotherapy. So after being tagged on Facebook and researching Bodyslims, I knew this was something different but not sure if it was yet another weight loss gimmick. While looking through Bodyslims’s website, I stumbled across a picture of a friend, who had been attending Bodyslims and had lost a lot of weight. If she could do it, then just maybe so could I. I signed up and attended my first Bodyslim’s seminar on the 17th September 2018. Fast forward to March 2019 and I am 4stone down and only pounds away from my dream weight. I remember Gerard saying on the first night that the weight loss will be the smallest thing that you will gain and I remember thinking yeah right – it’s the only thing I am thinking of ! Well I can confidently say that I am a different person but physically and mentally.
I have regained my self -confidence and am no longer a victim of life (and all the shitty stories we create as excuses). I have made this happen for myself with the help and guidance of a truly inspirational man – Gerard Moran. I firmly believe things happen for a reason and feel like the luckiest person that I stumbled across Bodyslims when I was at a point in my life that I felt helpless and worthless. Gerard’s approach is very simple if you do what he tells you. I followed exactly what Gerard advised and as a result I have realised my dream. I am turning 40 with a new outlook on life and I have no weight to hold me back. Thanks to Gerard, Sharon and the team for providing light at the end of the tunnel.