DETERMINATION to get the career she has always wanted has led to Sarah Taylor shedding a staggering four-and-a-half-stone in just six months.
The 24-year-old, from Fleetwood, decided she would apply for a job in The Army by the end of 2012.
When she first marched into the Army Offices in Fleetwood in April, she realised there would be some serious hard work ahead to reach the target weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) set by The Army for recruits.
But Sarah was determined to get herself into shape, improve her fitness and slim down to make the grade.
Sarah, originally from Birkenhead, moved to Fleetwood with her family seven years ago. She began thinking about a career in the armed forces when she was 20, but an accident at work set her ambitions back.
She got herself back on track over the last two years working in McDonalds.
With her dream job in her sights, she joined the YMCA and enlisted the help of Y:Active Fitness Instructors, Lauren-Lea Snape and Olly Nutton at the Fleetwood and Thornton centres to help her focus her diet and workouts.
Sarah said: “In April, I was a size 22, weighing 100kg.
“The Army recruitment officer explained the selection criteria and I knew then I had a way to go, but it wasn’t going to put me off and made me more determined to lose the weight.”
Sarah’s weekly routine between shifts now consists of working out in the gym five times a week, attending a mix of Viva Blast, Zumba, Body Combat and spinning classes at Fleetwood and Thornton, along with running four times a week – covering up to six miles each time.
Sarah said: “The transformation I already feel in myself is so satisfying. I am so thankful to the YMCA instructors who’ve supported me and shown me the way forward. I’ve dropped four-and-a-half stone so far and gone to a size 14. I still need to lose 10lbs to get to the Army target, but I know I’ll do it.”
Sarah is so determined she will reach the target of 81kg, she has already completed and submitted the first stage medical form for consideration.
She added: “If it comes back as ‘no’ this time, I’ll start the process again and I’m now joining the YMCA’s new 12 week Momenta weight-management course to give me some nutritional and psychological support – so I should sail through to my target weight.”