Slimming group helps mum keep weight off

This Is Wiltshire: Nicki Carter and Slimming World’s Lisa Watson both fit into trousers that used to fit Nicki alone Nicki Carter and Slimming World’s Lisa Watson both fit into trousers that used to fit Nicki alone

A WOMAN who lost 12 stone after having weight loss surgery has said it was no quick fix after piling the weight back on.

Nicki Carter, of Chiseldon, had an extreme type of weight-loss op – a duodenal switch procedure – after she tipped the scales at 25 stone and could no longer bend over the bath to wash her children.

The dramatic surgery saw the 37-year-old have 80 per cent of her stomach removed and just over 80 per cent of her intestine removed as well.

As a result the mum-of-three lost 12 stone and dropped from a size 28 to a size 10.

But, with a lack of dietary aftercare, Nicki struggled to keep the weight off and put back on nearly four stone.

“The weight dropped off,” she said.

“But the aftercare was purely medical – are you getting enough vitamins, are you taking the right tablets.

“The surgery I had done privately is one of the more extreme types. I am still yet to find another person in Wiltshire who has had it done.

“I got to the point some people thought it wasn’t healthy.

“Then I went back to my old eating habits, because I wasn’t understanding what my problem was.

“The surgery is not a quick fix and the key thing is it fixes your body but it doesn’t fix your head.”

Nicki, who is getting married next year, is determined to get back down to size 10 to fit into her wedding dress, which she has already bought in anticipation.

After speaking to a school friend who runs Slimming World, she joined the group and has lost two stone and four pounds in the past year.

Nicki said: “I know I lost 12 stone with the weight loss and this time I have only lost two stone, but what is different is I know that I will keep this weight off.

“This time I have got the support to make the right choices and I have made changes that affect all my family in terms of eating healthy and exercising.

“I have never shied away from the fact that I have had surgery, but it is a short-term fix.

“I tried every diet possible before having the surgery and it didn’t work.

“But now I know what my issues with food are and I am making long-term changes and I feel happy about myself.”

Nicki is not the only one in her family who has joined the group, Her 12-year-old son Tyler also attends the group as a free member.

Nicki said: “My son just turned 12 there and is autistic and carries a bit of weight. He knows it and he doesn’t particularly like it.

“He came to the meetings and he loves it.

“At his age it is all about education and it is not about saying he can’t have things but instead finding alternatives.”

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10:10am Tue 23 Oct 12

SimoJeff says...

"no quick fix'' - yes there is, eat less and healthier, and get more exercise. And less of the cakes.
"no quick fix'' - yes there is, eat less and healthier, and get more exercise. And less of the cakes. SimoJeff

10:46am Tue 23 Oct 12

Jonesy25 says...

Eating less and being healthier and exercising is not a simple quick fix as though! It can take months and months.
Eating less and being healthier and exercising is not a simple quick fix as though! It can take months and months. Jonesy25

1:23pm Tue 23 Oct 12

PaisleyRed says...

How does anyone get to 25 stone. Surely they must have noticed their clothes were getting tight.
I used to weigh in 18.5stone and needed to lose weight. So I changed my eating habbits and got some exercise. That was 7 years ago, I now weigh 14 stone and am very fit.
Ops should be banned, it is an easy fix for lazy people.
How does anyone get to 25 stone. Surely they must have noticed their clothes were getting tight. I used to weigh in 18.5stone and needed to lose weight. So I changed my eating habbits and got some exercise. That was 7 years ago, I now weigh 14 stone and am very fit. Ops should be banned, it is an easy fix for lazy people. PaisleyRed

1:46pm Tue 23 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

"""Jonesy25 says...
10:46am Tue 23 Oct 12

Eating less and being healthier and exercising is not a simple quick fix as though! It can take months and months.”""

The other side of the coin is that to get to 25 stone takes years too that doesnt happen in months either. Obesity is not a disease it is a lifestyle choice and needs to be identified as such. there are only around 5% of the population who are overweight throgh medical conditions all the other obsese people are that way because they have chosen to overeat and under excercise.

One of the major reasons the NHS is struggling is that it has to deal with so many people with self inflicted illnesses and injuries and before too long it will simply collapse if we dont start taking more responsibilty for ourselves. its no good these morons saying I have paid my taxes so i demand my health care, for starters quite a lot of people havent paid anywhere near as much in tax as their treatment costs and the taxation system doesnt work like that.

For most people the problem is twofold. Firstly they eat the wrong food, too much fast food and ready meals usually because they are just too lazy to shop around for healthier options and take the time preparing it. you can but cheaper healthy food if you look and to all those who say they dont have the time, how much time do you spend watching mindless tv or texting or facebook/twitter or surfing the internet or going down the pub? the other problem is that people simply eat too much. Even if it is healthy calories you are eating they wont get burned off if you eat too many of them so just simply have smaller portions (use a side plate instead of a dinner plate) and that saves you money too a double bonus.

I am sorry but I have no time for those who blame everyone else for their problems. they need to live up to their responsibilities and stop expecting everyone else to pick up the pieces all the time. And why do we keep spending £10 grand a time on gastric bands for people who clearly dont give a **** about their health or where the money comes from to pay for it.

We have this pathetic blame and excuse culture now, not helped by the "there there" attitudes of Govts and others which almost encourages irresponsibility, people need to grow a backbone and face up to thier responsibilities or if not the NHS will collapse and businesses will suffer even more as more and more sick days are taken through self inflicted illness.
"""Jonesy25 says... 10:46am Tue 23 Oct 12 Eating less and being healthier and exercising is not a simple quick fix as though! It can take months and months.”"" The other side of the coin is that to get to 25 stone takes years too that doesnt happen in months either. Obesity is not a disease it is a lifestyle choice and needs to be identified as such. there are only around 5% of the population who are overweight throgh medical conditions all the other obsese people are that way because they have chosen to overeat and under excercise. One of the major reasons the NHS is struggling is that it has to deal with so many people with self inflicted illnesses and injuries and before too long it will simply collapse if we dont start taking more responsibilty for ourselves. its no good these morons saying I have paid my taxes so i demand my health care, for starters quite a lot of people havent paid anywhere near as much in tax as their treatment costs and the taxation system doesnt work like that. For most people the problem is twofold. Firstly they eat the wrong food, too much fast food and ready meals usually because they are just too lazy to shop around for healthier options and take the time preparing it. you can but cheaper healthy food if you look and to all those who say they dont have the time, how much time do you spend watching mindless tv or texting or facebook/twitter or surfing the internet or going down the pub? the other problem is that people simply eat too much. Even if it is healthy calories you are eating they wont get burned off if you eat too many of them so just simply have smaller portions (use a side plate instead of a dinner plate) and that saves you money too a double bonus. I am sorry but I have no time for those who blame everyone else for their problems. they need to live up to their responsibilities and stop expecting everyone else to pick up the pieces all the time. And why do we keep spending £10 grand a time on gastric bands for people who clearly dont give a **** about their health or where the money comes from to pay for it. We have this pathetic blame and excuse culture now, not helped by the "there there" attitudes of Govts and others which almost encourages irresponsibility, people need to grow a backbone and face up to thier responsibilities or if not the NHS will collapse and businesses will suffer even more as more and more sick days are taken through self inflicted illness. house on the hill

2:44pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Jonesy25 says...

Valid points, but she probably put it on a lot quicker than what it would take to come off. Still when your getting that big you would think she would have done something about it sooner, especially as she has children. Ive heard diets work if you stick to them but if you have the odd slip up they are pointless. I cant really comment on that as im one of those annoying people and have been 11 stone for years and can eat as much as i want.
Valid points, but she probably put it on a lot quicker than what it would take to come off. Still when your getting that big you would think she would have done something about it sooner, especially as she has children. Ive heard diets work if you stick to them but if you have the odd slip up they are pointless. I cant really comment on that as im one of those annoying people and have been 11 stone for years and can eat as much as i want. Jonesy25

3:16pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Kernow1975 says...

Well Done Nicki for highlighting just how easy it can be to struggle with a weight problem. For anyone who has never struggled with their weight this will seem like a problem that has a simple answer (eat less, do more), but the reality is the emotional links we have with food and a lack of self confidence and self belief makes the task seem impossible.
Nicki has obviously made great changes to her new healthy lifestyle with the help of her group, and has stated she feels confident she will keep the weight off this time. A little empathy goes a long way, and for anyone who thinks its a simple matter of eat less cakes, hold judgement until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
Well done Nicki, you should be proud of yourself and your fab new lifestyle!
Well Done Nicki for highlighting just how easy it can be to struggle with a weight problem. For anyone who has never struggled with their weight this will seem like a problem that has a simple answer (eat less, do more), but the reality is the emotional links we have with food and a lack of self confidence and self belief makes the task seem impossible. Nicki has obviously made great changes to her new healthy lifestyle with the help of her group, and has stated she feels confident she will keep the weight off this time. A little empathy goes a long way, and for anyone who thinks its a simple matter of eat less cakes, hold judgement until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Well done Nicki, you should be proud of yourself and your fab new lifestyle! Kernow1975

8:34am Wed 24 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

Kernow, for a small minority that may well be true, but for the vast majority it is just down to apathy and lazyness. If you talk to people you will find that most "issues" or problems are self inflicted. We have tried the "empathy" route and it clearly doesnt work as obesity is going through the roof so maybe we need to try the kick up the backside and take responsibility route instead.
Kernow, for a small minority that may well be true, but for the vast majority it is just down to apathy and lazyness. If you talk to people you will find that most "issues" or problems are self inflicted. We have tried the "empathy" route and it clearly doesnt work as obesity is going through the roof so maybe we need to try the kick up the backside and take responsibility route instead. house on the hill

9:59am Wed 24 Oct 12

Kernow1975 says...

Which is exactly what Nicki has done!
Which is exactly what Nicki has done! Kernow1975

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