Cashel woman, Pamela O’Shea (39) loses 10 stone to be Unislim Finalist

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Cappawhite woman, Pamela O’Shea (39) loses 10 stone to be Unislim Finalist

Before and after: Pamela O'Shea's life has been transformed with Unislim.

Cashel woman Pamela O’Shea (39) had a weight problem but she has lost over 10 stone and with her new-found confidence has a spring in her step once more.

Pamela started running, set up her own business and is now one of 10 finalists for the title of Unislimmer of the Year to be judged by snap chatter and back stage reporter James Patrice and MD of Unislim, Fiona Gratzer on October, 3rd.

A lack of exercise and not eating properly meant every year Pamela gained a bit more and it kept creeping up, going through phases of losing a few stone and then things would slip. But six years ago, Pamela got a dog she named Frankie and she started taking him for walks and that's when she realized how unfit she was.

She was out of breath after a few minutes and she was only 33. “That was a wake-up call and I knew I had to take control of my health,” says Pamela. “I knew a few people in the Unislim Cashel class, so in December 2012 I took the plunge. Some people told me to wait until after Christmas, but I felt that if I left it until January I probably wouldn’t do it. When I stepped on the scales, I knew that this was the new beginning for me.”

Pamela’s advice is not to put pressure on yourself with a big target, think of manageable mini-goals to work towards, that way you won’t feel overwhelmed.

Each week she lost a pound or two but it kept moving and she knew each pound was bringing her closer to her goal.

“I used to be a picker, I’d get home from work at 6pm and wonder what to cook for my dinner and start eating biscuits. My biggest issue was crisps and biscuits. Now, I still enjoy a packet of crisps or biscuit with my cup of tea, just in moderation.”

Pamela feels like a completely different person, having lost over 10 stone. “If someone had told me that five years ago when I couldn’t walk from A to B, I wouldn’t have believed them. Unislim will always be part of my life.”