I dropped my three take-aways-a-day diet and lost 6 stone!

Daily Echo: I dropped my three take-aways-a-day diet and lost 6 stone! I dropped my three take-aways-a-day diet and lost 6 stone!

JOHANNA Jewell loved fast food.

Every night dinner was a take-away or a ready meal. Her job meant she spent much of her working day on the road and would often eat two McDonalds a day – one for breakfast and another for lunch before tucking into another take-away for dinner.

The 36-year-old from Hampshire says that she was already overweight when she divorced seven years ago and her weight began to climb further.

“I got into the party lifestyle and would go out five nights a week – and that all revolved around alcohol and take-aways,” she admits.

She was a size 16 when she fell pregnant in 2009. But by the time she returned to work six months after her daughter was born in July 2010 she had shot up to a size 22 and weighed 16 stone.

“It was awful. I had to buy a new wardrobe of size 22 work clothes,” she says.

Daily Echo:

Johanna before she started to lose weight

“I would try to eat well in the day but then be eating take-aways at night. It was convenience and comfort. I’d have take-away pizzas or be microwaving ready meals. I am a single parent and it was a case of anything to save time. Whenever I met my friends, that revolved around food as well, with things like pub lunches.”

Johanna says she tried lots of ways to lose weight but would always slip back to her old ways after a few days.

“I bought gym equipment and exercise DVDs but I never stuck to anything,” she says.

But something changed for Johanna when she was on holiday with her daughter and mother around a year after she returned to work.

“We had taken some digital photos of us round the pool. I was looking at them that evening and I looked like a beached whale – I was just so massive,” she says.

“That day I decided I had to do something about it. I went straight on the internet and decided to set up an order with Diet Chef so that the food was there for me when I got back.”

The company sends pre portioned meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and healthy snacks.

“It meant it was convenient and it was all proper food. I’m no good at calorie counting or things like that but all I had to do was add vegetables.”

Over the six months she followed the programme, she managed to lose six stone, dropping to a dress size 12, and has managed to keep the weight off since.

Daily Echo:

She says that the experience taught her new habits, including giving her a clear understanding of portion size.

“It has changed my life so much,” she says.

“My daughter started to walk and I’ve been able to be active with her – to run alongside her in the park and to take her swimming. My lifestyle has really changed. I’ve even signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with some friends next year so now I have started training for that. I don’t sit on the sofa all the time anymore!”

She adds that losing the weight has also given her a huge confidence boost.

“The week I dropped to a size 12 I got a promotion at work. I would never have had the confidence to go for the interview before,” she says.

“I don’t feel embarrassed anymore – I feel happy to take on any challenge.”

As well as being delighted that she can keep up with her daughter, Johanna is pleased to know she is passing on healthy eating habits to her little girl.

“She loves vegetables, which is a big thing for a three-and-a-half-year-old,” she says.

“I can teach her what she should be eating now. I don’t want her to have weight problems like I did.”

Daily Echo:

Johanna today with her daughter

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8:56am Tue 25 Feb 14

ameliaS says...

Well Done! The lady will have more money to spend too as takeaway food is so expensive compared to home-made. Not many people could even afford to live on takeaways.
Well Done! The lady will have more money to spend too as takeaway food is so expensive compared to home-made. Not many people could even afford to live on takeaways. ameliaS
  • Score: 9

8:59am Tue 25 Feb 14

ecuk268 says...

Fat woman stops eating junk food and loses weight.

What a surprise!

Another Echo exclusive.
Fat woman stops eating junk food and loses weight. What a surprise! Another Echo exclusive. ecuk268
  • Score: -61

9:31am Tue 25 Feb 14

Ozmosis says...

ameliaS wrote:
Well Done! The lady will have more money to spend too as takeaway food is so expensive compared to home-made. Not many people could even afford to live on takeaways.
Maybe not with Diet Chef. Not cheap!
[quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: Well Done! The lady will have more money to spend too as takeaway food is so expensive compared to home-made. Not many people could even afford to live on takeaways.[/p][/quote]Maybe not with Diet Chef. Not cheap! Ozmosis
  • Score: 3

9:50am Tue 25 Feb 14

SwedeSaint says...

Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.
Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done. SwedeSaint
  • Score: -12

10:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

Beer Monster says...

It's far too easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eating, especially when you have a family to look after - my fairer half is exactly the same as Johanna was, and as hard as I try to teach her good eating habits, she isn't able to stop eating rubbish.

The daft thing is, since we moved in together I've cut down from around 30 pints a week to one or two at the weekend... I guess it's all about willpower.
It's far too easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eating, especially when you have a family to look after - my fairer half is exactly the same as Johanna was, and as hard as I try to teach her good eating habits, she isn't able to stop eating rubbish. The daft thing is, since we moved in together I've cut down from around 30 pints a week to one or two at the weekend... I guess it's all about willpower. Beer Monster
  • Score: 10

11:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

SwedeSaint wrote:
Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.
Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh.
[quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.[/p][/quote]Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 16

12:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

vag says...

So someone stopped eating take aways and boozing and lost weight, did they? Wow, hold the front page.
So someone stopped eating take aways and boozing and lost weight, did they? Wow, hold the front page. vag
  • Score: -9

12:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SwedeSaint says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
SwedeSaint wrote:
Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.
Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh.
Keep being sold to moron. I'm not saying that people shouldn't try to improve themselves, but I won't get gooey over an Idiot that was gorging herself on take-aways and then publicised by a diet food firm.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.[/p][/quote]Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh.[/p][/quote]Keep being sold to moron. I'm not saying that people shouldn't try to improve themselves, but I won't get gooey over an Idiot that was gorging herself on take-aways and then publicised by a diet food firm. SwedeSaint
  • Score: -7

1:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

SwedeSaint wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
SwedeSaint wrote:
Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.
Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh.
Keep being sold to moron. I'm not saying that people shouldn't try to improve themselves, but I won't get gooey over an Idiot that was gorging herself on take-aways and then publicised by a diet food firm.
Sold to? Next you'll be referring to us as "sheeple" I expect. Fool.
[quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: Fee advertorial for Diet chef, with a lazy, fat woman as the subject - yes let's heap praise on her for taking responsibility for herself and not eating three take-aways per day. Well done.[/p][/quote]Grow up. She's trying to improve her situation, and still she's the subject of abuse by idiots like you. Heaven forbid anyone should try and improve themselves in any way, eh.[/p][/quote]Keep being sold to moron. I'm not saying that people shouldn't try to improve themselves, but I won't get gooey over an Idiot that was gorging herself on take-aways and then publicised by a diet food firm.[/p][/quote]Sold to? Next you'll be referring to us as "sheeple" I expect. Fool. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 6

7:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Superior Being says...

ecuk268
SwedeSaint
vag

you three must really be lonely or have nothing in your lives to see a headline, already know what its about, open it and read it just to complain that it shouldn't be in the news.

What is the last thing you done that actually helped someone else in this world? This news report has probably helped other people step it up a gear to stop eating fatty foods.
ecuk268 SwedeSaint vag you three must really be lonely or have nothing in your lives to see a headline, already know what its about, open it and read it just to complain that it shouldn't be in the news. What is the last thing you done that actually helped someone else in this world? This news report has probably helped other people step it up a gear to stop eating fatty foods. Superior Being
  • Score: 5

8:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

memomum says...

As an ex-fatty I think this is an amazing story and the fact that she's a single, working mum is very inspirational... I hope she takes heart from the positive, supportive comments on here and not the idiot trolls who find pleasure in downing someone else's achievement. Well done lady xx
As an ex-fatty I think this is an amazing story and the fact that she's a single, working mum is very inspirational... I hope she takes heart from the positive, supportive comments on here and not the idiot trolls who find pleasure in downing someone else's achievement. Well done lady xx memomum
  • Score: 5

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