Man discovers wife is ‘half woman she was’ after returning from working abroad
A husband returned from working abroad to find his wife was half the woman she was – after losing almost eight stone.
Darren Hunt, 43, and wife Abigail, 44, spent ten months apart as he worked in the Middle East unable to visit home due to border closures.
But when he finally returned to his wife’s side he was met by her unrecognisable transformation.
Midwife Abigail was determined to improve her health in lockdown and started watching her diet with lots of exercise.
She began to slim down after ditching the packets of biscuits and eventually lost an impressive 7stone 10lbs.
Darren told friends: “She looks amazing. I was so glad to come home – and what a surprise.”
Abigail, who works at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales, said it was “amazing” to see her husband in her new fitter state.
She said: “It felt amazing and I was somewhere nearer to being the weight I would want to be.
“It has been a really stressful time for everyone. I put all my energy into staying on track, by the start of lockdown I could feel my body changing and my health improving.
“I made sure I used our allowed exercise and went out for walks. I was determined to eat healthy and exercise in order to help myself reducing my risks of complications.
“I made sure that every meal counted in a positive way. My family were behind me and are my biggest supporters.”
Abigail, of Brymbo, Wrexham, dropped her body mass index from 49.8 to a much lower 30.2 with the help of her Slimming World group.
She said: “I had very high blood pressure that was medicated and I suffered with terrible headaches as a result.
“My joints would always complain when I stood up that I was too heavy.
“As a community midwife I would spend lots of time sitting or kneeling on the floor leaning over babies etc and just the act of leaning forwards was an issue due to my size, getting up was another thing in itself.”
Abigail says she now enjoys cooking healthy meals with her family.
She said: “I would always think I would start after this packet of biscuits was finished or after the next family occasion, I would promise myself that I would be better from tomorrow.
“I wondered when my time would come to be able to do it. The journey just seemed so long so that extra biscuit wouldn’t make that much difference.
“My decision was compounded after looking at holiday photos so I really started my journey for the last time after that.”
The family now enjoys Slimming World recipes including risotto, shepherd’s pie, mac and greens, and chicken and sweetcorn chowder.
Abigail added: “I am not quite where I want to be but I am a million miles away from where I started. I honestly felt like it would never happen to me.”
She thanked the support from family, team leader Diane Hendley-Jones and the rest of her group.