Pastry fan trades cake frenzy for morning swims and loses 10 stones
A pastry-mad housewife lost a staggering 10th after ditching the dough by launching into what she dubbed The Great British Shake Off.
Sylv Davis, 52, who lives with her husband Paul, 52, a gardener, and their three children, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, was desperate to drop the pounds she had gained by preparing – and thoroughly testing – family celebration cakes and delicious treats.
But having failed to complete the challenge several times before, she eventually took a friend’s advice to join Slimming World and started her Great British Shake, named in honor of her favorite TV baking contest, The Great British. Bake Off.
Avoiding her delicious weekly baked goods, Sylvie started swimming and walking – and four years later, in December 2020, she celebrated having lost a staggering 105 pounds, dropping from 20 8 pounds to just 10 3 pounds.
“I feel amazing, I have now lost more than half of my body weight,” said Sylv, who does not want to name her two daughters and her son.
“I love to cook and over the years I have baked party cakes to mark birthdays for my kids and cousins, christenings, Christmas parties, and treats for my friends and their kids when they come. come to my house. “
She added: “My specialties are birthday cakes, especially Victoria sandwich cakes and fairy cakes – as well as fantastic cream tea.”
But, she admitted, having cakes around was too tempting.
“I always ate the dough and the scraps. I always had cake in the cupboard and nibbled on scraps that I stored in a Tupperware box.
She added: “It was difficult to stop. Had to cut back on my weekly baking on special occasions only, so I had no temptation – but now 10th lighter, I’ve curbed my cake cravings.
Sylv’s main daily vice was eating a slice of custard in a cafe or a freshly baked vanilla sponge cake at home.
A serial dieter, Sylvia’s weight from 5 feet 2 inches rose to 20 pounds in January 2017, his heaviest ever.
This gave her a body mass index (BMI) used to gauge a healthy weight of 52.9 – relative to the healthy weight range of 18.5 to 24.9 – meaning she was obese. .
“I have always loved pastry. I started cooking at home when I was a kid for my parents and it continued from there, ”she said.
“I’m not the Bake Off standard, but I baked weekly, made sweet treats, and ate the leftover dough in the bowl at the end of each bake as I went.”
Sylv had struggled with his weight for a long time. Trying more than six diets before Slimming World, her weight yo-yoed as she lost as much as a stone at a time, before reintroducing a normal diet and seeing her weight rebound.
She said: “I was not oblivious to my balloon weight. I knew I was gaining weight and tried countless diets over the years. But nothing seemed to stop my cake habit.
When a friend recommended Slimming World to Sylv in November 2016, she jumped at the chance to shed the extra pounds, but insisted that her festive pastry be made first.
“I love to cook at Christmas. I make a Christmas cake and a chocolate log, I just make all the treats for the family, ”she said.
“So I wanted to enjoy Christmas before starting another diet.”
Starting the new year determined to be healthy, Sylv, who at this point wore a size 24, made it to her first group Slimming World in January 2017.
“I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone,” she admitted.
“But the band supported me so much, I made some real friends and it helped me stay the course. The support they gave me was second to none, I have never felt alone in my weight loss journey.
“I always wanted to bake, but I had to stop the daily temptation. I started cooking only once a month for special occasions.
With guidance from Slimming World, Sylv started stocking up on healthy meals, such as lean meats and fish, which meant she wasn’t tempted to snack.
“Instead of baking a mouthwatering pastry, I would go to the local pool. In no time at all I was swimming four times a week and taking daily walks, ”she said.
“It was a long journey, but in December 2020 I hit my goal after losing a whopping 10 pounds by 5 pounds – I now weigh less than my weight loss!”
But luckily for Sylv’s husband and children, the domestic goddess still makes a storm in the kitchen, just less often than before.
“I always bake pastries for my family when I can,” Sylv said.
“I love to cook, but instead of cooking every week, I mainly cook for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.”
She added, “If there is any temptation in the house, I will let Paul eat it. I made a rainbow birthday cake for my friend’s recent twins birthday and Paul is currently eating all the scraps.
“I continue to indulge and treat myself, and of course, I appreciate the unique piece of cake. But I’m more measured now, I’ve completely changed my lifestyle for the better.
Now a slim size 10, Sylv’s BMI has dropped to 26.3 and the 52-year-old has even managed to reverse all of her health issues.
She added, “I used to have high blood pressure, stiff joints and Planter’s fasciitis, a disease that causes excruciating pain in my feet. Since I lost the weight everything is completely gone and I’m healthier than ever, ”she said.
“I like my figure; it was hard work swapping my cake cravings for morning swims, but it was worth it.
“It really is the Great British Shake Off. I am so happy that I lost the weight, I feel like a new person!
Contact your local Slimming World consultant for more information. You will find your nearest group by visiting slimmingworld.co.uk or calling 0344 897 8000.