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By Rebecca Drew

MEET the nurse who used to have takeaway restaurants on speed dial and has now shed almost eight-and-a-half-stone after saying she felt like a hypocrite when caring for her patients.

 

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As a child, Bailey Ryan (24) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA remembers being the biggest amongst her school friends and found herself wearing UK size 16 jeans at 12-years-old.

Two years ago, Bailey started working 12-hour night shifts and went through a difficult break up, which saw her pack on the pounds as she would binge eat to try to feel better, while avoiding going out with friends.

 

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Bailey has since swapped fast food and Chinese takeaways for a whole food diet where she avoids processed foods and has dropped from 20st 13lbs to 12st 7lbs.

“I started shutting myself into my apartment on my days off, I avoided friends and had delivery and take out restaurants on speed dial,” said Bailey.

 

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“I was tired from working long hours and upset at my failed relationship and was binge eating to make myself feel better.

“I knew that I was unhealthy but more than anything, I was unhappy. My confidence started to plummet and I was constantly trying to shrink myself so no one noticed me or stay quiet in a room full of people hoping no one would pay attention to me.

 

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“It hurts me now to think of how I felt about myself and how I treated myself before I lost weight.

“I was working at the hospital by this time and to get into work I had to walk two blocks from the parking ramp to the hospital building. I would be out of breath by the time I got there. Then I’d work all night caring for patients that were often there due to lifestyle choices.

 

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“I realised that if I didn’t change something, I’d be headed for a life destined for difficult medical complications too. I also felt like such a hypocrite and a bad example. I didn’t want to be advocating a healthier lifestyle to patients but not living like it myself.”

Now unrecognisable, Bailey started by only changing her diet but now loves kayaking, hiking, rock climbing and has ran a half marathon.

 

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“One time, a nurse I hadn’t seen for a while whilst she was on maternity leave didn’t even recognise me, she thought I was a new employee and asked if I wanted her to show me around the hospital, I had worked with her for three years,” she added.

“Losing weight has changed my life in more ways than I can count. Everything is different. It’s changed my goals, my relationships, my hobbies and my perspective.

 

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“I have better, stronger relationships with my friends and family because I love myself in a way that allows them to love me, I’m a better friend to them because I’m more engaged and present.

“I’m a more appreciative person for the things I have, like the opportunities I’ve been given and my health, because I’ve seen what living was like on both sides.”

 

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Bailey says that the key to success is to start slowly.

“I would tell someone to start slowly, it can be overwhelming to make a lot of huge changes in one day. You’re more likely to give up if you’re taking on too much at once,” she said.

 

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“Also, remember to run your own race. Don’t compare your progress with anyone else’s and don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do this.

 

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“As long as you’re making an effort, you’ll also be making progress.”

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