Overweight Leavesden mum, Amy Van Zyl, lost 4st to be 'good role model' for baby

Watford Observer: Amy Van Zyl before her weight loss Amy Van Zyl before her weight loss

Amy Van Zyl, 28, from Leavesden could be forgiven for having an extra slice of Christmas cake with her husband Ray this year because she has lost four stone twelve pounds in just eight months.

At her heaviest, Amy was 14 stone five pounds, four of which she gained while pregnant with her son Ferdie.

Having been on a diet her whole life, Amy admitted to overindulging on takeaways, crisps and milkshakes during her pregnancy and neglecting exercise. Once her son was born she decided enough was enough.

She said: "I looked and felt awful and realised that I had to shape up to be good mum to Ferdie. I wanted to be a good role model for him.

"I began by visiting Watford Leisure Centre Woodside, operated by Everyone Active once a week.

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"As my confidence grew, I started to work out more often and I now train up to three times a week.

"In the gym I use the cross trainer and treadmill for my cardio workout and weights to help strengthen and tone post-pregnancy trouble spots.

" I try to squeeze in a swim every now and then too and walk instead of drive whenever possible. The Everyone Active team have encouraged me every step of the way and they offer me advice on how to get the most from my training."

Alongside her training regime, Amy followed a diet plan.

She’s changed her diet and cut out processed foods and sweets and gave up eating crisps and takeaways. Her typical diet now is a boiled egg and low calorie toast for breakfast; homemade soup and a sandwich at lunch and lasagne with salad or something similar for dinner. She snacks on fruit and has also reduced her portions.

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Everyone Active Fitness Manager Janine Rodgers said: "Amy is a great success story and an inspiration to other new mums looking to shed baby weight.

"We have all the tools people need to lose weight but they have to work with us and be committed: Amy has done that brilliantly and is now enjoying the rewards."

Amy’s efforts have paid off and eight months later, she is nine stone seven pounds and a dress size 10.

Her target is to lose another seven pounds to reach nine stone and she is working hard on this at Watford Leisure Centre Woodside.

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10:17am Sun 22 Dec 13

Taxidermist says...

Well done Amy!
Well done Amy! Taxidermist
  • Score: 10

12:25pm Sun 22 Dec 13

mummy_1 says...

You look great. You have made me take a long hard look at myself.
You look great. You have made me take a long hard look at myself. mummy_1
  • Score: 6

12:47pm Sun 22 Dec 13

LSC says...

Good for her! I hope she inspires others to become healthier. But please remember folks, the key word is 'healthier' not 'skinnier'. It sounds like she has a sensible routine and is happier for it, and that is the way to go.
Crash diets and refusing the odd treat (like at christmas) will make you unhappy and a bore to be with.
The human body is very complicated and yet quite simple. If you eat 1,000 calories but only use 800, then the body has to put 200 somewhere.
The trick is getting that balance right. You can eat whatever you like, as long as you work it off afterwards.
Good for her! I hope she inspires others to become healthier. But please remember folks, the key word is 'healthier' not 'skinnier'. It sounds like she has a sensible routine and is happier for it, and that is the way to go. Crash diets and refusing the odd treat (like at christmas) will make you unhappy and a bore to be with. The human body is very complicated and yet quite simple. If you eat 1,000 calories but only use 800, then the body has to put 200 somewhere. The trick is getting that balance right. You can eat whatever you like, as long as you work it off afterwards. LSC
  • Score: 10

11:53am Mon 23 Dec 13

John Dowdle says...

Amy does look great. I am sure her husband Ray is most appreciative too.
Happy holiday to all the family.
Amy does look great. I am sure her husband Ray is most appreciative too. Happy holiday to all the family. John Dowdle
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Mon 23 Dec 13

phall lover says...

YUMMY MUMMY
YUMMY MUMMY phall lover
  • Score: 3

12:23am Wed 25 Dec 13

Oxhey-Moron says...

Well done! More kids need positive role models like her!
Well done! More kids need positive role models like her! Oxhey-Moron
  • Score: 1

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