Dieter Alicia loses 10 stone in nine months
PUBLISHED: 12:43 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
SECRET eater Alicia Blaney lost an amazing 10 stone -- half her body weight -- in nine months after the shock of seeing herself captured on camera. Single mum Alicia, aged 38, who lives near Lower Luton Road in Harpenden with her 14-year old daughter Geor
SECRET eater Alicia Blaney lost an amazing 10 stone -- half her body weight -- in nine months after the shock of seeing herself captured on camera.
Single mum Alicia, aged 38, who lives near Lower Luton Road in Harpenden with her 14-year old daughter Georgie, had started piling on the pounds in her early twenties.
She said: "Chocolate, cheese and bread were my downfall. I'd come home from work and before dinner I'd tuck into two cheese sandwiches and some chocolate. If I was bored, stressed and upset, I'd go to the fridge for comfort.
"I always ate in secret. Friends and colleagues couldn't believe how little I ate but that's because I would never have anything in front of them - I was too conscious of how it would look. I'd wait until I got home."
Alicia put on a about a stone a year for about 10 years. What prompted her turnaround was a work-related trip to Athens when she and her colleagues were followed around by a camera crew. When she looked at the subsequent DVD she was so upset by what she saw that she resolved to lose the weight.
She said: "I joined the LighterLife weight loss programme. It's very strict - you're allowed just 500 calories a day and you have to eat prepared milkshakes, soups and bars until you reach your goal weight.
"You also have to go to weekly group counselling classes to explore why you eat so much. It made me realise that I turn to food when I'm down and use it as an emotional crutch."
She lost a stone in a week which spurred her on to try even harder and she even joined a gym and began to walk more.
At Christmas she indulged in a few mince pies and chocolates and gained a few pounds but she's determined to lose them as soon as possible.
She said: "I never want to go back to that size again. My body used to ache as soon as I woke up. I am lucky that I didn't develop any long-term health problems.
"People weren't cruel to me before but they are nicer to the slim me. I still can't believe it sometimes that I have lost the weight. It's like a dream but I know I am always going to have to be careful because of the tendency to comfort eat."
She still attends a monthly group counselling class to keep herself on the right path.