It gave me a bit more of a push to tone up. I want to be able to look down and see my toes and not worry about my belly
– Sam Bailey
Sam’s weight has fluctuated over the years - at her thinnest, on her wedding day, she was a size 10, but at her biggest she was an size 18. She’s currently a size 14-16 and can’t see her toes!
Sam says her belly is huge and the inside of her thighs rub together. She’s always been proud of her legs, and they’re her best feature, but they are starting to ‘get thick up top.’
Sam has a sweet tooth, and sugar is her weakness. The mum of three claims that after having her second child and working as a prison officer she didn’t have any time for fitness due to working 12 hour shifts, so the weight slowly crept on meaning her exercise regime was non-existent. She also struggled with her weight after The X Factor and gained the weight she lost.
Sam tends to naturally gravitate towards comfort eating and admits that she uses food to make her feel better a lot of the time. Many of these foods are sugar in one way or another so our focus is to help reduce this slowly but also understanding and accepting that the trigger for her eating has a lot to do with her emotions - creating other non-food rewards will be a very important part of her plan. Exercise is one of the best ways to do this as it also gets our endorphins firing - that makes us feel happier so there is less of a need to eat the refined and sugary foods that give that similar ‘hit’. If she is at home and feels the need for ice cream, perhaps she needs to give herself a moment before diving straight in by thinking "do I REALLY need this?”. Sometimes that small moment of reflection can be enough to tune in better and on more occasions, realise that isn’t the case. Doing something to distract her in that moment could also be useful so that might be making a cup of tea, going for a walk or playing with the kids. She also needs to add in more nutrient dense foods that give the body the fuel it needs so there is less of a pull towards the ice cream in the first place. Sam also says that she often skips breakfast but that can set us up for a crash later in the day and gravitate more towards these kinds of foods, so even if its something small she should try to include this. Moreover it is also about getting a good support network around so that it isn’t a quick fix and more about introducing life long changes. It sounds like Sam has a positive family setting with the kids already eating healthy foods so she already has a head start there. With that also in mind she can bring back some of the recipes and healthy habits to enjoy with the entire family.