A British woman looks unrecognisable after ditching her four-bottles-of-wine a week habit and shedding 19kg.
Cheryl Gillings, 47, has been sober for two years and couldn’t be happier to flaunt her size-eight frame.
The carer admits she used alcohol as a coping mechanism following the death of her father Colin, when she was 14, and the 2017 death of her 47-year-old brother Steve.
She said she used to drink up to four bottles of wine per week.
“Without fail, I would have a bottle of white wine at home every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said the woman from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.
“I suffered from anxiety and … turned to alcohol to deal with any sort of stress.
“If I had a bad day at work, I would have a drink in the evening.
“My brother Steve also drank a lot and he sadly took his own life in 2017 and it made me realise life is too short and I need to change.”
The mother of two, who weighed 78kg at her heaviest, has replaced boozy weekends with bicep workouts and says she is the happiest she has ever been.
These days she weighs a healthy 59kg.
Gillings also found inspiration to make a lifestyle change, by considering her children’s future without her.
“I joined multiple support groups on Facebook and reading their success stories helped me a lot,” she said.
“It was difficult on the weekends or special occasions as people would always say ‘just have one’ but as the weeks passed – it got much easier.
“It has become more socially acceptable to be a drinker rather than a non-drinker in this world we live in, but alcohol has either taken or ruined the lives of some people very close to me.”
After a year without alcohol, Cheryl joined fitness program the Six Pack Revolution in May 2019, and dropped three dress sizes in three months.
She now “religiously” works out three to four days a week and no longer has high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
“After 18 months without alcohol, I still felt sluggish and tired, so I decided to do something about my weight,” she adds.
She has also been influenced by her husband Hylton, 46.
“He has always been into health and fitness so he encouraged me to change my lifestyle.”
“Anyone can stop drinking as long as you believe in yourself and you are never too old to get into shape,” she said.
“I used to automatically set myself up for failure and say ‘I can’t do that’ but now I am willing to give anything a go.
“I can do 100 press ups whereas before I could barely walk up the stairs without losing my breath.”
Mental health gains
Gillings revealed she thinks her dad and brother would be proud of her.
“Most importantly, my mental health is great and I do not suffer with anxiety or stress any more,” she said.
Gillings also pocketed “more money”, which she hopes to give her family “a better future”.
BREAKFAST – nothing or two slices of toast with peanut butter
LUNCH – cheese sandwich with crisps
DINNER – spaghetti Bolognese or chicken and chips
EXTRA – Four bottles of white wine a week
LUNCH – Chicken salad wrap, meal replacement shake
DINNER – Turkey Bolognese without pasta with veg or homemade pizza
LATE EVENING – Chocolate porridge or yogurt with berries
EXTRA – Three litres of water and two cups of coffee or green tea
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