SUZY PURCELL is very honest about herself. “I was a greedy eater,” she says. “I ate and ate. I struggled with my weight for over 10 years since I was at university – constant partying and eating had pushed me up to 11 stone, and since I’m only 4ft 11in tall that extra weight was a lot extra to carry.
“Nothing I tried – diets, tablets, special food or spinning classes – ever produced lasting results. I desperately had to lose weight because my family has a history of heart problems – my brother died at the age of 34.”
Then Suzy, 32, a mother of two who is married to a soldier, read in a magazine about Slimpod and decided she had to act. She listened to her Slimpod for just 9 minutes a night and within days it began to retune her kind to want to eat less and to make healthier choices.
“I’m finally seeing such a huge difference in my eating now,” says Suzy. “For the first time since I was a little girl I am in total control of food and with the help of my Slimpod I am now at my lowest ever adult weight of 8st 11lbs. Look at that picture of me in the blue dress – today I’m a comfortable size 10 and can even get into a few size 8 outfits.
“My target for Christmas was to reach 9st 2lbs and thanks to my Slimpod I smashed it easily. Now I’m down below below 9 stone for the first time since I was a child – in fact, I’m down to 8st 11lbs and falling. I’ve never felt more confident or more happy – I look in the mirror every day and smile instead of feeling sad.
“I am eating what I want when I want. However now I’m seeing changes like craving more fruit. I’m wanting to eat my evening meal (I used to skip this a lot to reduce my food intake) and still having a little chocolate and wine.
“The Slimpod must be magic. I’m really happy but sometimes I still can’t believe it’s really happening. Even people who see me every day stop me and say ‘You’ve lost weight, Suzy.”
“I’m at my lowest weight since my early teens and I’m a whole stone lighter than on my wedding day 10 years ago – even though I’ve had two children since then.
“When I see pictures of myself the way I used to be I have to laugh. One person on Twitter asked if I’d Photoshopped the picture as I am so different now.
“Because I’ve lost even more weight than I dreamed was possible I’ve found that the smaller clothes I always wanted to fit into are too big for me now. They’ve become redundant so I’m looking out for another new wardrobe now.”
Suzy’s weight battle began at university, when three years of constant partying and eating very badly made sure that when she graduated July 2003 she was her heaviest at just over 11 stone. “I met my husband on Boxing Day 1999 and he’s never seen me at this low weight before,” she says.
Slimpod founder Sandra Roycroft-Davis says: “Many people diet because they think there’s no other way. Now we’ve changed all that, making it possible to lose weight and love the skin you’re in.
“Constant dieting often has horrendous psychological effects manifesting in low confidence, obsession with calories, deprivation, bingeing and generally feeling out of control. I’m very proud that our Slimpods reverse these effects and help people have a normal relationship with food.”