Fat Loss Secrets: Siobhan’s Story of Miraculous Fat Loss

Wednesday, July 8th 2009


Fat Loss Secrets: Siobhan’s Story of Miraculous Fat Loss

submitted by Siobhan Callaghan

I was in absolute terrible condition for my age! After having my fourth child I was so busy about home life, taking care of the kids and everyone else – I just put myself last and let myself go.

My heaviest weight was 200lbs. I suffered from panic attacks low self esteem, constant headaches, fatigue and I had awful back ache, with falling arches in my feet as well.

Sadly, the only thing good was my cholesterol levels were fine!

I hate to admit it but emotionally I was crushed. I was always the high-spirited ‘’joker’’ of the group, the one who seemed to make others happy. I always knew people cared for me but they also (I feel), didn’t look up to me or I suppose maybe even didn’t respect me.

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

I hated shopping because I could never find anything that would fit me properly and I always hated any special occasions that I would have to dress up for because I could only wear clothes that were made for women in their 50’s!

There were always tears to be shed…

But at the end of last April I went out on a friends birthday party with a bunch of girls and got the kick in the butt that I needed!

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

There I was among other women my age, who had children too, and well… embarrassingly I WAS the biggest girl there and the most dootsy dressed. The only thing I could think of that night was why and how have I done this to myself??

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

I thought that I too deserve to look and feel good, feel confident and sexy and most important to be and look as young as I was…. I was just going to have take the time for myself which I never did before, realizing that it wasn’t or wouldn’t be selfish for me to it. I would only be selfish by continuing to let myself get so far out of shape and unhealthy.

There was only me that made the mistake and only me that could fix it now.

The first thing I did was a simple, yet focused, week of healthy, controlled eating. I have to say it did help get rid of all the sugar and salt cravings. When the week was over I was stronger inside and more determined and I knew that this was something I really wanted to do, to take control.

I didn’t join any weight watcher clubs, I just stuck to fruit and veggies and chicken and started to buy wholegrain bread and pasta/rice and I bought myself a skipping rope! I was fairly new to the internet (and still am!) and just started to Google anything and everything to do with losing weight or exercises.

As my hips were the biggest part of me I Googled hip & bum exercises and that’s when I first came across my life support!–JOEY ATLAS!

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

There it was… a free download sample of exercises – and I signed up for his free e-newsletter which educated me and I just knew this man was talking sense and in plain old fashioned English with no big health or fitness words that I didn’t understand.

The best thing was, after doing my jump rope I always did the free exercises from Joey and you know, I could see results which made me want more. I was hooked – and Joey earned my trust.

I was so delighted to order his program – I knew it was just meant for me! I was like a kid waiting on Santa after that!

When I did my first session well what can I say I couldn’t do it.. that’s how unfit I was…

My whole body was shaking and nerves twitching everywhere that I could only do maybe 4 or 5 repetitions on each exercise! And as for the next day well it hurt (in a good way) and the day after that, too! I knew this would be the thing that worked for me. Even though it was a challenging start.

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

Siobhan at 200lbs, Before Weight Loss

But as Joey told me on the DVD to “do what you can and that it will get easier”, well those words of encouragement really persuaded me to stick with it and of course he was right..it did get easier and I did do more and I got results!

Joeys plan is very easy to stick to and all the exercises can be done almost anywhere and as a busy mum of 4 kids, I didn’t have to leave the house to see to myself and get my workouts in!

More importantly I had no expensive equipment to buy which was an added bonus. The DVDs are very easy to follow, Joey makes you feel that he’s right there with you step by step and with a ‘no music’ background, I found it much easier to stay focused, get into the exercises and I suppose, get them right.

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

Siobhan at 125lbs, After Fat Loss

My current weight is now 125lbs and I’m wearing a dress size (UK) 8/10. I had a wedding about a month ago and bought a USA dress size 4! WooHoo!!

I hadn’t wore a dress since my wedding dress nearly ten years ago and I went from white to black! that’s the dress in my after pics which I did pose for because now I can!! LOL!

Beforehand I always hid behind people in pics which now I wish I didn’t because I would have had great before pics! But nonetheless – you can still see how bad I was.

Its great; now I can almost buy anything I want to wear as long as its not too pricey and not too bare cos even though I’m “half the woman I used to be”, I am so used at covering up myself but I’ll get over that hurdle too!

I want to do more now, get in better shape & go out shopping more! I feel renewed!!

My physical and emotional energy levels are much better now and I’m always up for new challenges and fun things!

I feel that my personal success has made me stronger as a wife, mom and friend – and I have far more confidence in what I can do, not just emotionally but physically.

I have learned that it is important to start to love and and take care of myself and not just others, I need to be confident to make my kids confident, I need to be aware to make my kids aware, I need to be active to make my kids active, I need to be motivated to make my kids motivated and I need to care about myself to make my kids care about themselves, I am trying to educate them that it is important to be fit and healthy and that it can be very fun doing it!

The feed back from others is mostly good. A lot of people don’t recognize me anymore which can be funny! Then you get some saying ah you’ve done enough now you look brilliant so Stop!

It can be hard for some to understand that I actually enjoy eating healthy and exercising, that its not “just to keep the the weight off” for superficial reaons, I just need it for my emotional stability!! I want it for my longevity and… ‘cos I enjoy it!!! that’s all!!

I was asked “was I taking anything” which actually insulted me and I thought well if that’s what a close friend thinks then what does everyone else think! So it knocked me back but again I pushed forward! I’ve learned that people can be jealous of others success and I had it mentioned to me a few times.

I also have learned that people can be inspired by others success and so encourages them to follow suit!

I feel in control of my life and health now, I know where the grass is greener! I wont let myself go like I did for so long, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier!

Now I always try to start my day off and get up an hour earlier than the kids to do my ulbhtm DVD, and like Joey advises, if you want your morning coffee then have it!

Joey has the best ‘secret seven’ snack foods ever, and people who come in to my house and see the (natural) peanut butter jar look at me funny and say you ate that and lost weight??!! (Good job the don’t see my dark chocolate!!)

I make good, healthy food choices, and if I get even ten mins free I do a little cardio like skipping rope to up the metabolism and to boost my energy levels. I usually go for a 4 mile brisk walk weather permitting! And if I don’t get the time during the day to do my ulbhtm DVDs, I leave it till I get the kids to bed and do it then..

I feel that I’m now more the person on the outside that I have been on the inside for so long.. So I feel I’m freed from the suit or ‘shield of armour’ and instead put the armour into my mind so that I’m stronger person now.

For all the women, and men, who feel they’ve let themselves down or are prisoner in their bodies, well… you’re not.. that’s all in your mind.

Take control of yourself, love yourself and your body.. ‘Cos if you don’t, who will??

Start by saying to yourself “I am in control of who I am and I am going to be happy.. I deserve to be happy..”

And when you control the thoughts in your mind you will control what you do with your body… what you feed it, how you use it, and you will come to realize that the effort is worth it and more importantly it is fun!

And if you have a bad day today, then don’t tell yourself ‘you’ve failed’ or that you can’t do it. Don’t give up hope, because every minute that lies ahead waiting for us is always a new one that we can start from, again.

The only way to encourage change is to think like a baby; you have got to be able to balance on your feet before you take your first steps and then you must learn to walk before you run and everyone stumbles and falls, but rise again and soon you will be fast on your feet…

- Siobhan Callaghan

You must admit – that is an awesomely inspiring story of positive change and leading by example. We would love to hear your thoughts about this. Your success, your challenges – just post below – because I would love to know…

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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30 Comments on “Fat Loss Secrets: Siobhan’s Story of Miraculous Fat Loss”

Dawn said,

Wow Siabhan, congratulations to you on such great success. Thank-you for taking the time to share your achivements with us. You are certainly an inspiration. I am on week two of Joey’s program and I too am looking forward to being a SUCCESS story.

July 8th, 2009, 9:39 pm  
hema said,

Dear Siobhan,

Congratulations for make it happen!! You look really gorgeous and ravishing in the black dress!! Yes it is all in the mind and the will to succeed!! You truly motivate me!! Thank You!!

July 9th, 2009, 3:19 am  
anna braheen said,

Siobhan, I can’t put into words how proud I am of what you have done for yourself. You are beautiful, strong and determined. An inspiration for anyone struggling. This is so sappy but I’m going to say it anyway, after reading your story I actually got misty-eyed!

I know your success will touch the lives of others and inspire them to do what it takes to make themselves happy!

Thank you for sharing!

July 9th, 2009, 4:35 am  
Fernanda said,

Well done, Siobhan, as a mother of 4 (!!!) you are such a role model and inspiration to others.
I myself do not have an overweight problem, however, Joeys exercises helped me get rid of
unsightly cellulite. My friends are all very jealous now and my sister started doing the Joey
free exercises, too!

Lots of love,


July 9th, 2009, 1:18 pm  
Joweria said,

Congs Siobhan!!! I like it that way but my body is lazy. What do I do? Starting from tommorrow am going to follow your suit. I have a treadmill at home but I rarely use it. I also purchased the Abs of Stone” DVD from Joey but never follow it. am now 220 lbs and aged 36yrs, also a mother of 3. From your story I have realised that am just killing myself. Thank you for inspiring me. Surely I will also make a success story soon.

July 10th, 2009, 7:33 am  
Candy said,

Congratulations Siobhan,
I was so inspired by your story. The way you pushed through when there was doubters. I love to hear all the positive stories out there. It helps me to get back on track and stay on track with my own fitness journey.
Thanks Joey for your awesome program and your commitment to women.

July 10th, 2009, 2:48 pm  
Norma said,

A true inspiration!! Well done Siobhan, you must be so proud of yourself, keep up the great job!!

July 16th, 2009, 7:42 pm  
Mini said,

Hey Shiobhan,

You are a role model for me starting today! It is very inspiring and admirable what you’ve done to yourself. It is no mean feat and you have totally achieved it. Your story made me teary eyed, it’s like the doors of a new kind of thinking and discipline have been opened to me. Thank you very much for sharing your extremely inspiring story. I would really like to congratulate you on your success and I can imagine how happy you must be. :)

I am overweight, I haven’t always been like this. I am 23 years old and have put on weight in the last one year, everyone tells me I’ve put on weight and I avoid people a lot because they tell me this. I understand now that the key is not to avoid people but really to get my ass moving and get my body back. I keep telling myself that I’m not very fat. But, I would love to be the very beautiful self again and there is no ‘this fat’ or ‘that fat’ it’s just excess weight and I realize that even whether it’s one or ten kilos, it needs to be shed. I am 15 Kilos overweight and am tired of this nonsense. No matter how busy I am from now on because of my job, I will not let it take over my life no matter how much it pays, it’s just not worth loosing your looks.

Again, thanks a lot for sharing your story. IT has been a true eye opener. Wish you loads of fun and success… enjoy shopping and looking ravishing!

July 16th, 2009, 9:03 pm  
Manish said,

Fantastic, it shows on your entire attitude. Doesnt life suddenly look brighter and lighter?..all best wishes

July 17th, 2009, 10:47 am  
Agnes A. said,

Congratulation.Siobhan, this is amazing l just didnot think this is possible am so happy for you. joe, Good work. Agnes Nigeria.

July 17th, 2009, 11:51 am  
Teri G said,

WOW….way to go! that is an amazing story and I too hope to lose weight and be as fit as I can with Joey’s DVD’s …..Proud of you and keep up the awesome work…you look beautiful and deserve to be happy and feel good! CONGRATS! Teri

July 17th, 2009, 3:24 pm  
Bobbi B. said,

Hello Siobhan,

Congratulations on your Graduation! That is, your graduation back into a younger looking and healthy body!! You worked hard for it, and truly deserve it, and are an inspiration to others!
I am going to go put one of my Joey Atlas video’s on, leg and butt workout, and work out some more!
I hear it said so often…that we can’t really love others until we first love ourselves. We can’t really love ourselves if we let ourselves get out-of-shape, eat in an unhealthy manner…and hide behind others in photographs ( been there, done THAT! ) Thanks so much for your inspirational story and photos and PLEASE stay with it! You are a very pretty and lovely and fit looking lady! Best wishes for your future!–Bobbi B

July 17th, 2009, 10:31 pm  
Jin-ju said,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. I rarely actually read through stories like yours, but this time it was different. I think I just really needed to hear what you had to say. Though I’m not a mother yet, and I’m only 23 years old, I’m about 35 lbs overweight. I don’t feel good about myself at all, and haven’t for a lot time. However, your story has made me want to take the challenge of loosing weight. All it takes is determination, and I know I can do it. Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations on your success!

July 18th, 2009, 9:26 pm  
Beverly said,

Joey, You are so sincere and real. I believe everything you say, but I am in a funk. I had gastric by-pass two years ago and went from 313lbs. to 179lbs. I started a regular exercise regime to get my sick body into some kind of shape.
The first year and a half I started to look and feel good, and I was able to stop taking all 13 perscription meds I was on every day. I’m now up to 196lbs.,crave salt and sugar, and feel like hiding in the corner.
My husband is disabled, and my mother and brother have terminal illnesses. I take care of their needs and I’m the only family member with the time to do so. Our bills look like a mountain and our finances are the deepest ocean trench. I don’t know why I can’t get in gear! I’d kick myself if I thought it would help. I know what to do, but????? Any Ideas besides telling me,”I can do it.”

July 19th, 2009, 6:11 am  
Joey said,

You know what to do… But???

You have to answer the ‘but’ part…

Ask yourself: “What do I want for myself? Am I worth taking care of myself? How do I want to spend the REST OF MY LIFE on earth?”


July 20th, 2009, 4:52 am  
Betty said,

Cogratulations my dear Siobhan, I really appreciate your efforts as now you can be look very beautiful. am a mother of 4 too from Tanzania Africa please would you let me know the procedures of getting Joey’s exercise so that I can enjoy the benefits as you do.

July 23rd, 2009, 7:26 am  
Kristin said,

A big congrats to you, Siobhan!! How incredibly inspiring. You’re absolutely glowing in your recent photos.

Joey truly is a miracle worker — I’ve been doing his video exercises for nearly three months now and they’ve really become a part of my life. I can’t believe the results I’m seeing — cellulite just disappears.

Enjoy the “new” you!!

August 7th, 2009, 7:58 pm  
Renata said,

It is a truly inspirational story. Feeling good about yourself is one of the best feelings on earth.

I have always been in a good shape. I have lots of working out programs and Joey’s workouts (lower body and abs) are on my top list. I ordered them several years ago when I was so busy studying that I couldn’t go to the Gym. Since then, I always default into these workouts. After I had a baby 2 years ago I got myself back in shape in 2 months. It is obvious, lots of dedication were put into creating the videos.

Thank you Joey!

August 19th, 2009, 5:07 pm  
Tili said,

Dear Joey,
I admire people with success stories!

Myself have been dieting since 12yr and living in a FAT body my whole life , not for lack of trying.Been on some “plans” for up to 4 years. Been very active in high school, athletics , tennis etc.
At university I dropped it, for a lack of time and the facilities was too far ( that was 38yrs ago) , but walked daily to class at a brisk pace about 2 km one way 4x a day.

Recently had lapband surgery , trying to exercise, but feels like mental block. Have new husband and we have lots of equipment, but I CANNOT excercise in front of him, too embarrased. I work 12 hour shifts and are exhausted after a stint . Of course the weight is not coming off because I do not move enough??? On the pedometer I walk abt 7 miles a day while working…

To tell the truth, I do not know where to start, what to do. I am morbidly obese , although I do not waddle, I am fat overall now, with my thunderthighs a massive size.

Help me please?

August 28th, 2009, 12:31 pm  
Amna said,

hey congratulations! that was such an inspiring story and really, its all about the mind and ones own determination. i am 23 years old and about 15kg overwight. well i have always been overweight and i get these “phases” when i get on the treadmill we have at home and i also bought some dvdsg that i did for a few days and then gone lazy again. also, i work and get home late so by then i get really exhausted and dont feel like doing anything. but at this point i feel if i dont do anything about my weight myself, all the fat wont disappear on its own by MAGIC! i have just ordered the leg, butt and thigh dvds by Joey, and cant wait to start on them asap! also there is a family wedding coming up SOON and i want to do something about the way i look! so thank you Siobhan and thank you Joey!

August 30th, 2009, 7:35 pm  
Patricia said,

Hi Siobhan,
I just bought the program. Seeing your story and your before and after pics, I’m glad I did. I am as heavy as you were and I only have two children. When the going gets tough for me I am going to look at your pics because they are an inspiration. I think I have been in the same boat as y ou but now that I know someone else who got out of the boat it gives me a boost to try.
Thnks a million.

September 15th, 2009, 7:22 pm  
Shirley said,

Hi Siobhan,

Way to go!!!!, you look amazing and you give the rest of us hope. I would like to know how often you did the workout and did you do the whole thing or half. Did you change your diet as well etc.
I have this workout, not been very consistent with it however, I get bored so easily, but I do know it is a good workout for sure.

October 7th, 2009, 3:28 pm  
sheleta said,

Congratulation!!!!!! u have truly inspired me.

November 4th, 2009, 9:18 pm  
Seema said,

Hi Siabhan, That was a very inspirational story and I am charged with it.

I have been there, lost weight and I know how good it feels to achieve the weight loss, it helps physically and mentally . One is on a high always, specially when friends and relatives look at you and gooo ohhh ahh !! you have lost soooo much weight!

I have now though put on lots more as after a knee accident and many medical problems I am almost out of any exercise problems. I am very inspired by your experience and starting what I can do , baby steps , I too wrote to Joey and he suggested I do and concentrate on what I can do and not what I cannot do. I too hope to get his program one day soon so I can get to the Goal that I set for myself.

Thank you for sharing your experience. I wish you luck to keep all the weight off , you look Great!!
Seema from India

January 10th, 2010, 1:06 pm  
Michelle said,

Siobhan you look amazing!!!! i would love to chat to you directly!! i am also from Ireland, from Wicklow. i dont even have any kids so therefore have no excuse for my laziness!!! i bought Joeys dvd back in April, its now June and im not doing it regularly enough, i have no doubt it is a fantastic workout i ache so badly afterwards, i just need to get my ass in gear and be consistent and hoefully see some fantastic results also! i dont know if Joey can try put me in touch with u directly but id LOVE to chat to you, you are truly an inspiration and look FANTASTIC! xxx

June 8th, 2010, 4:25 pm  
melon said,

yeah its true to be fat make as fun to everyone and I’m one of those fat people who have survive and conquer those sad days . i m a college student and its very difficult to be a fat person they make us fun …. to the point that we are not a person and unresponsive to us ……….what i did i exercise every 3 hrs from 190pnds I’m now 125pnds i m very conscious right know and eat the right foods . and i can do the things that i want to do right know with confident . even my teacher criticism me before and saying that i will be bigger more and more i realize that being fat it give us low self- esteem , and darkness and low opportunity from the waistline of 37 or 38 I’m am now 26 or 27 . i do hope people who have weight problem can fight for it to change …….. not for others but for our-self to live life healthy and happy .

August 27th, 2010, 5:57 am  
clouddancer said,

I am glad you have decided to get healthy. However, there is no excuse for discrimination – not against people bigger than you nor people older than you. You say you had to wear clothes for 50-yr old women. That is discrimination. I am 52 and can still rock very cute clothes, thank you very much.

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shanny said,

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