STACEY Davies is half the woman she used to be.
With the help of Fitness Unlimited at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, the 23-year-old from Stocksbridge has lost eight stones in two years and now wants to help others. She is studying fitness instruction at Norton College.
“I started putting on weight when I was in my teens. Before long it got to the stage where I knew I had to make a change before it was too late. Two years ago I was 17st 10lb and unhappy. I wanted to be myself and lead a normal life again.”
Stacey, who works in the catering department at Sheffield Wednesday, praises Hillsborough Leisure Centre instructors Ashley Dower and Craig Barritt for pushing her with a tailor-made diet and exercise plan before she took fitness classes twice a week.
Now she is training eight hours a week at Hillsborough as well as on the roads to prepare for the Sheffield Half Marathon on May 12.
Aiming to graduate in May, she wants to use her own experience to help others.
“I’ve literally lived and breathed the ups and downs involved in the process of losing weight, but I’ve also seen the benefits. I want to show people that it can be done.”
Stacey added: “No matter how big or small your goals are, if you put your mind to it, you will see a brighter, healthier and happier future just like me.”