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Overweight mum's dramatic weight loss after being left mortified when local Indian takeaway sends her a Christmas card

Mirror logo Mirror 14/07/2017

Natalie before the weight loss, at a work Christmas lunch in December 2015 (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Natalie before the weight loss, at a work Christmas lunch in December 2015 (Image: PA Real Life) A size 22 woman was so mortified when her local Indian takeaway sent her a Christmas card that she lost six stone.

Natalie Moxey, 31, ate takeaways up to five nights a week at her unhealthiest point.

Being a busy mum-of-two, she confessed how she and husband Tom Moxey, 33, opted for carry-outs rather than homecooked meals.

The couple, from Evesham, Worcestershire, would spend £80-£100 a week on the convenient dinners.

But in December 2015, when their local Indian takeaway sent them a Christmas card, the frequency of their visits hit home and embarrassed account manager Natalie vowed to lose weight.

Weeks later, she signed up to Slimming World and has now shed 6st 4.5lb and wears a svelte size 12.

Natalie feels more confident after losing weight. Here she is pictured ready for a night out to celebrate her 31st birthday in June 2017 (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Natalie feels more confident after losing weight. Here she is pictured ready for a night out to celebrate her 31st birthday in June 2017 (Image: PA Real Life) "Tom and I laughed about the card at the time, but it gave me that nudge I needed," she said.

"Losing the weight has been absolutely life changing. I was caught up in so much guilt over what my body was doing, but now, I've taken back control."

Natalie explained how her issues with her size stretched back as far as she can remember, with her weight fluctuating a lot in her teens and early 20s.

Credits: PA Real Life © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA Real Life But things really spiralled after she married Tom, an assistant manager at a building company who she met at school, in 2011.

The newlyweds were desperate to start a family, but had trouble conceiving.

After tests, doctors diagnosed Natalie with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormone-related condition caused by small cysts or follicles on the ovaries.

Despite warnings that conception may be difficult, she fell pregnant that same year – but miscarried just weeks later.

"It happened on Mother's Day, which hit me hard," recalled Natalie. "I'd gathered all my family round for a roast, because I was going to announce it, but instead I ended up in hospital.

"I wanted a child so badly. To have it suddenly taken away from me was devastating."

Natalie had wanted a child so badly before she had her sons Jack and David, pictured here together in May this year (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Natalie had wanted a child so badly before she had her sons Jack and David, pictured here together in May this year (Image: PA Real Life) Following her miscarriage, Natalie discovered she was expecting again.

This time, baby David, now three, arrived safely into the world.

But her pregnancy had been rife with difficulties, including severe pelvic pain, which made it difficult to walk.

Her mobility problems affected her weight, which crept up further.

Six months after David was born in December 2013, she fell pregnant again with Jack, now two.

Her pelvic pain was so bad, she ended up wheelchair bound, causing her to pile on even more weight.

Fortunately, Jack, too, arrived happy and healthy, but Natalie was still haunted by the demons of her miscarriage.

Natalie with her son Jack in June 2017 (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Natalie with her son Jack in June 2017 (Image: PA Real Life) "I was still depressed over everything I'd been through trying to conceive. I was eating my feelings, with no care or concern for myself," she candidly admitted.

"To me, food was an instant high, but really, it was just compounding my depression.

"I couldn't keep up with the boys, couldn't climb stairs without getting out of breath. I just felt terrible."

At her 18st 9.5lb heaviest, Natalie would either skip breakfast or eat sugary cereal, have a sandwich, crisps and chocolate for lunch, followed by huge portions of ready-meal style food for dinner.

She also bought Chinese or Indian takeaways up to five times a week.

"During the day I wasn't that bad, but at night I'd come home and just sit and eat," she said.

"It was never just a takeaway either. It'd be followed by ice cream, or chocolate, or popcorn.

"I'd snack constantly and blame it on being tired."

She was also forced to buy clothes from plus-size online shops.

But in December 2015, Natalie's thoughts turned to getting fit for good.

Credits: PA Real Life © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA Real Life Then, the Christmas card she received from the Indian takeaway gave her the nudge she needed.

Weeks later, she signed up to a local Slimming World class and, since January 2016, has shed more than six stone.

Loyal husband Tom has been supporting her every step of the way and even managed to shift two stone himself.

Now, Natalie's diet is unrecognisable, having swapped greasy takeaways for fresh, home-cooked meals.

She has even begun working as a Slimming World consultant and will be starting her own group in August.

Credits: PA Real Life © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA Real Life "Since that first class, I've never looked back. I can run around with the boys now, not having to worry about being unable to keep up, or getting stuck in slides," said Natalie.

"Where I used to cry in the changing rooms, I can now go shopping and pluck a size 12 off the shelf without even trying it on.

"It's made me better at work, too. I used to hide in the shadows as I was so uncomfortable, but now I push myself more.

"It's been a long road, but I had to wait until I was mentally ready before I decided to lose weight.

"It's far more about why you're eating that what, but now I have confidence I'd never have dreamed of."

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