A nurse who lost an impressive 42 pounds during lockdown has revealed how working on the frontline gave her the drive to finally stick to a diet, because she feared being overweight could put her in grave danger if she caught coronavirus.
Sophie Butters, 33, from Stockport, England, weighed 204 pounds 3 months ago and now she weighs 162 pounds.
As a constant yo-yo dieter, Sophie had pledged a week before quarantine to drop the weight she’d gained since her 2016 wedding.
But the frontline NHS worker never would’ve guessed that seeing the effects of coronavirus would be the wake-up call she needed to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
“I’ve basically always been a yo-yo dieter, but never really had the focus or drive to actually stick to a diet and keep the weight off.,” Sophie said. “Working as a nurse in a cancer ward you’d think I’d want to set an example, but with an almost constant supply of cakes given to us by patients and their families, along with working too hard to really think about what I was eating, meant I was always fighting a losing battle.”
But once the pandemic began, Sophie was asked to help on the wards for coronavirus patients and said it made her realize she wanted to make a permanent change.
“Seeing first-hand what was happening, how serious this was, really helped me focus on cherishing my own health,” she explained.
“And as the weeks rolled on and news of Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffering badly with coronavirus because – in his own words – he was overweight really was a wake-up call,”
Sophie started the Cambridge 1-2-1 weight plan with her husband, Tim, since the pair had each put on a couple of stone during their married life – after overindulging on takeout food and “lots of socializing and drinking.”
“Before, I’d start each day with buttered crumpets with colleagues,” Sophie said. “Then pizza and chips from the canteen, tucking into a Chinese takeaway with Tim when I got home – always followed by ice cream and crisps on the sofa. And we’d love going out for drinks and meals when we could too, which obviously wasn’t an option anymore.”
Sophie added: “All my colleagues were so supportive when I told them I was dieting, so I wouldn’t be tucking into the pile of cakes and biscuits left on the nurses’ desk., It was obviously a strange and rather disconcerting time for everyone then, and my diet really helped me stay positive and focused, that I shouldn’t languish in self-pity, but use this time as an opportunity to change.”
Sophie and Tim – who was working from home during the lockdown and has lost 28 pounds – also started doing virtual PT sessions together, with the weight then quickly dropping off.
Admitting she’s now got a lot more energy, Sophie said: “I’m going for long walks in the evenings and at weekends and literally bouncing out of bed in the mornings in a way I can’t remember ever doing before. We haven’t seen any friends of family since lockdown and can’t wait to present the new ‘us’ to the world in person soon.”