09:00AM, Monday 13 May 2019
Liz Cromwell – Photo credit Russo Productions.
A weightlifting mother of eight from Slough is hoping to represent England at the next Commonwealth Games, after qualifying for the British Powerlifting finals.
Liz Cromwell qualified for the British Powerlifting Finals in October and has a chance to represent her country at the Commonwealth Games, 10-years after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Liz, from Slough, was with gestational diabetes in 2009, four weeks into her pregnancy - a type of diabetes that affects pregnant women, and can put them at an increased risk of developing complications. After her diagnosis, Liz suffered the stillbirth of her ninth child. She went into a state of shock and became depressed.
Liz from Slough said: “It was a terrible time. I was depressed. I found comfort in food and gained weight; I weighed 109 kilos and developed Type 2 diabetes.”
But, in 2016 Liz changed her eating habits, joined her local gym ‘Power4Fitness’, and within three months was down to 92 kilos – a weight she has maintained ever since.
Now, after three years of regular fitness training and nutritional education, the 45-year-old has, amongst other achievements, qualified for the British Powerlifting Finals and harbors ambitions of representing England at the Commonwealth Games.
Liz added: “I knew I had to do something so I joined my local gym and began learning new and exciting disciplines of fitness. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I soon started to really enjoy it. But exercise alone wasn’t going to help me lose the weight, I needed to combine it with a healthy diet.
“It was difficult with eight kids to change my diet so suddenly but I bought some scales, cooked separate meals and got serious. I’ve become more energetic, less dependent on insulin and now, the cherry on the cake; I’ve made it to the British Powerlifting Finals and may even get to the Commonwealth Games – the family are so proud.”
Liz continued: “I feel like a brand new person – I look at myself in the mirror and there are muscles that weren’t there before. I did this for me and it’s amazing. One day soon, I hope to be diabetes-free and that’s worth all the hard work. If I can do it, anyone can!”
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