Sarah Marchment says weight loss helped ease her asthma
A 20-year-old woman has revealed how her weight loss helped her take back control over her asthma.Sarah Marchment, from Victoria went from a size 16 to a ...
‘I couldn’t even run 400 metres’: Woman, 20, who ‘felt sick’ at what she saw in the mirror drops four dress sizes in four months… and says her weight loss eased her asthma tooA 20-year-old woman reveals how her weight loss helped her control her asthma Sarah Marchment dropped four dress sizes after losing 20 kilos in four monthsThe young woman spent the past years struggling to manage her asthmaShe said it made the simplest tasks such as walking up the stairs more difficultAnd so she decided to turn her life around by exercising, running and swimming
By CINDY TRAN FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA PUBLISHED: 19:19 EDT, 5 July 2017 | UPDATED: 20:20 EDT, 5 July 2017 e-mail 5View comments
A 20-year-old woman has revealed how her weight loss helped her take back control over her asthma. Sarah Marchment, from Victoria went from a size 16 to a size eight after losing 20 kilograms in just four months this year.
But her weight loss journey was far from easy after spending most of her
life struggling to manage her asthma.The young woman – who was born with asthma – said her condition even made the simplest tasks such as walking up the stairs and lifting heavy things more difficult. +6 +6Before and after: Sarah Marchment, from Victoria, has revealed how her incredible weight loss helped her take back control over her asthma +6The 20-year-old went from a size 16 to a size eight after losing 20 kilos in just four months’I wasn’t able to do the simple tasks like gardening or shoveling, lifting heavy things or walking up the stairs… it was never easy,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.’I would puff and get tired easily.’
Like most office jobs, Ms Marchment said she found herself constantly sitting behind a computer at work, which eventually contributed to her waistline.
‘I found it hard to be active at work, and I ate a lot,’ she said.’I was drinking a lot of sugar and I would eat larger portions of my meal, my serving sizes were bigger.’I was lying on my bed watching TV eating chips, and I realised I was just eating because I was bored, and I really wasn’t happy with myself.’ +6The young woman said her condition even made the simplest tasks such as walking up the stairs and lifting heavy things more difficult Miss Marchment also revealed she felt the constant pressure to be thin when she compared herself to other young women on social media.’I wasn’t confident.
Social media in my generation is such a big thing these days. I just couldn’t put myself out there,’ she said.’As a twenty-year-old, you do compare yourself to others a lot especially on social media. I can only imagine what people would have said about me.’I never wore a bikini. As a kid growing up, getting dress was another issue when all your friends are a size eight and you’re a size 14, it’s not always that exciting.’And so she decided to turn her life around by signing up to weight loss program Jenny Craig after feeling self-conscious with the way she looked.’I was starting to feel sick of seeing what I was seeing in the mirror,’ she said. +6Miss Marchment (pictured left) said her body image was far more important than her weight Miss Marchment said her body image was far more important than her weight.
‘When my consultant asked me what my weight goal was, I told her that “I don’t want to look a certain weight”,’ she recalled.’My weight never really bothered me. I don’t care about the number on the scale, all I wanted was to be happy with what I saw in the mirror.’Every time I’d walk past a mirror, I just wouldn’t look at myself. To me it’s not about how much I weigh, it’s about how I look, and I just wasn’t happy with how I looked’. From there, she started exercising by going to the gym several times a week and sticking to a healthier diet plan.
After shedding 19 kilograms, Sarah has been able to run five-and-a-half kilometres every morning – an activity that had never been possible because of her asthma. +6Miss Marchment (pictured far right) also revealed she felt the constant pressure to be thin when she compared herself to other young women on social media’I couldn’t even run 400 metres, now the weight loss has really helped my asthma and my fitness has improved so much,’ she said.
And her fitness regime has improved her health, as she also finds time to go swimming and walk her dog every week.’I feel healthier within myself,’ she said. ‘I like seeing what I see now in the mirror. I’m proud of where I’ve got and I’m happy to show it off. And I’m wearing size eight to 10 clothes.’For those wanting to lose weight, Miss Marchment said: ‘If you’re not happy with the way you look, you need to fix it.’Life is too short to live an unhappy life,’ she added.
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