Women who claims being called fat by an ex gave her the inspiration to loose 10 stone!
An overweight student who challenged herself to lose 5kgs after she claims she was called ‘fat’ by an ex, has lost an INCREDIBLE 10 STONE (65KILOS) and earned herself the latest fitness trend – a taut and toned revenge body.
Hayley Westoby, 25, from Sydney, NSW, Australia, ballooned to 119kgs (18st 7lbs) in her first year of studies thanks to student staples of booze and junk food.
But after she claims an ex raised concerns about her weight gain, the stunning marketing manager shed 65kgs (10st 2lbs) naturally, by ditching her vices and swapping them for gruelling gym sessions.
Now she weighs a healthy 54kgs (8st 5lbs) and has an enviable toned size 10 physique, and wakes up at 5.30am every day to exercise and maintain her lean look and also follows a strict alcohol free diet.
Hayley said: “Before my weight had been mentioned, I hadn’t realised how much weight I’d put on.
“It had been a gradual thing since starting university, where I gained the ‘Fresher 10’ and then some thanks to my student diet of junk food and booze.
“But after the shock of realising how much weight I had put on had worn off, it made me look at my party lifestyle and I realised I had actually let myself go.
“I decided to set myself an achievable target of losing 5kgs and was amazed at how quickly it came off. So I kept going, educating myself on exercise and nutrition along the way.
“Now I’ve lost 65kgs completely naturally and am so proud of what I’ve achieved. I’ll never be embarrassed by my body again.”
Before starting her degree, Hayley had been a physically fit teen, who loved running and sports.
She said: “I used to do 100m sprints all the time and was very active. Then when I was 18, I injured my right knee and doctors told me I couldn’t run anymore.
“Going from 100 percent to doing absolutely nothing meant I put on weight quickly. By the time I started uni a few months later, I’d gained 10kgs and weight 65kgs.”
She added: “After that, it was really easy to relax into the student lifestyle. I forgot all about exercise and instead spent my spare time socialising in pubs and clubs.
“My healthy home cooked meals went out the window in favour of cheap, budget friendly options like noodles, sandwiches and sometimes even Macca’s.”
But it wasn’t until a row with an ex-partner that Hayley realised she’d gained so much weight. And she said the the heat of the moment comment, which wasn’t meant maliciously, gave her the push she needed.
She said “We were arguing about something silly, when at the end he told me to ‘lose some weight.’
“Initially, I remember feeling horrified, but deep down I knew he wasn’t being nasty. It was a slip of the tongue that had revealed he had genuine concerns about my size.
“Later, I weighed myself and I was 119kgs. It was the heaviest I’d ever been.
With Hayley saying the comment was enough to spur her on to make some changes, she set herself a challenge to lose 5kgs.
Hayley said: “I wanted to start something I could achieve, so I set my goal at 5kgs. Otherwise it would feel like I had a mountain to climb.
“After taking junk food and alcohol out of my diet, I was amazed at how quickly I started to lose weight.
“Once the 5kgs came off, I aimed for another five, then another.”
She added: “Fitness has been a huge part of my journey. Once I started adding it back into my life, I fell in love with it all over again
“I’d vary up what exercises I was doing. I loved spin classes and began learning how to lift weights.
“Soon my body was becoming leaner and more toned than it had ever been.”
Hayley, who now follows a protein heavy diet plan, is now a healthy 54kgs and has replaced her excess fat for muscle.
She said: “Most days I wake up at 5.30am to make sure I can train before work.
“After, I’ll eat a bowl of homemade oats and for lunch, I’ll have 200grams of lean meat with vegies and something similar for lunch.
“It’s such a change to my old diet of pastas and bread and my body has reaped the rewards.”
But it’s quitting alcohol that Hayley largely credits to her success.
She said: “People don’t realise how many calories and how much sugar is in that glass of wine or beer that they love.
“It was hard to quit at first, as I’ve always been a social person. But I realised that I could still go out with the girls and not drink.
“Most of the time, people don’t even notice I’m not drinking as my soda water and lime looks no different to what everyone else has in their hands.”
Of course, Hayley still has off days where she struggles to go to the gym, just like everybody else, but she’s helped by her partner Nathan, 35, who encourages her to stick to her goals.
She said: “I met Nathan at the gym six months ago and he’s been a great support.
“The anxiety we feel about our bodies is real and sometimes I still look at myself hear those words: ‘You need to lose weight.’
“But I use it as motivation to get myself to the gym and have even started helping other women I’ve met through social media by sharing my recipes and tips.”
She added: “I am so much happier, training and eating right and I am a better person because of my transformation.
“I just want to help as many people achieve their goals, so they can feel as good in their own skin, as I do.
“I’ve lost 65kgs through exercise and diet alone and I’m proof that you really can turn things around.
“If my ex hadn’t made that comment, I don’t know if I would have been where I am today. I’m thankful for it leading me on the journey I’m on.”