The singer, 42, ditched carbs, booze and smoking in an effort to get herself in tip-top shape ahead of her return to the spotlight
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S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara has shared how she lost two stone during the Covid-19 lockdown, and has got her confidence back.
The singer decided to drastically overhaul her lifestyle during the Covid-19 lockdown, quitting smoking as well as cutting her booze intake., and revealed her new look on ITV’s Lorraine last month.
During a new interview with Closer magazine, she confessed that seeing nobody else during the stay-at-home restrictions made her want to drink and “eat rubbish” as a way to cope with the ongoing health pandemic.
But she wanted to feel good about herself, and her unhealthy lifestyle was making her feel sluggish and contributed to her low mood.
Jo prioritised her mental wellbeing by eating better and working out, and after realising she was an “emotional eater”, the singer has ditched her favourite junk food in favour of porridge, fruit, eggs, salad and soya milk.
“I used to wake up every morning, especially when I was smoking, and just feel ‘urrgh’,” she explained, adding that for 45 minutes, she had to sit on her own “and be quiet” because she didn’t want to speak to anyone.
Preparing for the release of her new solo single, With Love, Jo decided to try and shift the pounds ahead of her return to the spotlight, and wanted to stick to an easy to follow workout regime after years of yo-yo dieting.
She started bodypump classes, and even bought herself a trampoline, as well as going on long walks in the woods with her 13-year-old son Lenny, who she shares with ex-partner Billy Slate.
And she’s relieved to have found a “happy medium”, and is now able to maintain her two stone weight loss more sensibly, instead of binge eating and falling off the wagon.
Now, she treats herself to a vegetarian pizza, or Quorn spaghetti bolognese, and said she “eats cleaner” the following day to make sure she’s still sticking to her diet.
She’s also stopped eating pasta, bread and cheese “all the time”, and has almost stopped drinking, after she cut down her booze intake dramatically.
Instead of having a glass of wine in the evenings to relax, she now just saves herself and indulges in a “couple of drinks” if it’s a special occasion, as she feared her drinking was becoming habitual.
Now, Jo is feeling more mentally and physically fit, and said she feels more alert and ready to go every morning, instead of feeling groggy.
“I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin, and I have a much more positive outlook, so I feel really lucky and happy,” the singer said.
Despite feeling like an “ugly duckling” during her days in S Club 7, Jo said she’s feeling “stronger” and isn’t going to “beat myself up” if she sees any bad pictures of herself.