By Rebecca Drew
MEET the stunning blonde nurse who dropped six-stone in just twelve months after the sudden death of her mother made her determined to turn her life around.
Raised in a loving family, Heather Crockett Oram (33) saw her home life collapse around her as addiction issues tore her family apart at the age of just seventeen, leading to divorce. Heather focused on college and worked as an emergency room nurse but soon found herself at 18-and-a-half-stone, unhappy and in denial.
It wasn’t until she was approached by a friend that Heather, from Salt Lake City, Utah decided to lose weight and dropped from a size 26 to size eight. She overhauled her diet, following low carb and sugar plans and cut out processed white flour completely.
“After my mother died I had a friend contact me about losing weight. I was almost offended that they implied that I needed to lose weight. But after more self-reflection I realised I needed to change,” said Heather.
“I spent many years coping with family stress by eating my emotions. I was bullied and teased which perpetuated my feelings of loneliness and therefore overate to deal with it.
“I was very disappointed that I had let myself go and found seeing pictures of myself embarrassing, I was in denial.
“By losing weight, I have become myself again and I feel whole, I have a new found confidence and have learned to love myself and am able to do all of the activities I want.”
Despite being happy and healthy now at a super svelte 12-and-a-half stone, Heather adapted her lifestyle throughout her weight loss and says that patience is key.
“I have changed and modified things along the way, I started doing high intensity interval training and this stopped me being a cardio bunny for hours and hours, I also lift heavy weights.
“Keeping up mentally is the biggest problem I faced whilst losing weight.
“Seeing the progress and accepting the fact that your body is changing even though the scale may not be is hard.”
Heather says that other people can’t believe that she has lost so much weight and says that she is inundated with questions.
“People are shocked and ask me how I did it and say no way have I lost that much, I’m also asked if I have loose skin,” she says.
Heather says that the best advice she can give to people who don’t know how to lose weight is to ask themselves questions.
“Start by asking yourself why, why do you want to lose weight and what are your motivations.
“It’s also important to know what made you gain weight and what triggers binges or emotional eating.
“Then you can write it down, find the pattern and break up emotionally with food.”
Follow Heather’s amazing transformation on her Instagram.
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