Vicky Pattison: TV star’s extreme exercise regime
The reality TV star said she hit rock bottom after the death of her best friend Paul Burns this summer.
Former Geordie Shore star Vicky said she “closed her curtains and couldn’t get out of bed” for almost two weeks as she slipped into depression.
But Vicky is now fighting back through a fitness programme to prepare for her wedding to fiancé John Noble next year.
Vicky, 30, said: “The few weeks after Paul died were the lowest point in my life. “I wallowed in grief. I couldn’t face speaking to anyone, I shut the curtains and didn’t want to leave my bed.”
“There were times I was doing it with tears running down my face. I was so drained but it was exactly the thing I needed. I’m a real believer in healthy body, healthy mind and exercise has been a huge part in slowly putting me back together.”
Reality TV star Vicky Pattison
The former I’m A Celeb star postponed her wedding to John as she struggled both mentally and physically. But Vicky managed to get in shape for last month’s Great North Run and our exclusive pictures show her continuing her transformation at No1 Bootcamp in Norfolk last week.
She has been running, rowing and even hauling huge logs as part of her fitness programme.
She said: “I started going to bootcamp to get fit for the Great North Run but it ended up being therapy.
“There were times I was doing it with tears running down my face. I was so drained but it was exactly the thing I needed. I’m a real believer in healthy body, healthy mind and exercise has been a huge part in slowly putting me back together.
“I’m now on a bit of a mission to raise awareness about grief, loss and mental health. “You feel guilty and ashamed and weak for grieving but it’s OK to not be OK.
“For me the three most important things to help cope with losing Paul has been: number one to acknowledge it and not sweep it under the carpet.
“I started to keep a journal and found the best way was to write it down.
“Number two was to talk about it openly with friends and family – that has been crucial. And then finally exercise. You can’t underestimate how important exercise is for your overall wellbeing.”
Vicky is now back planning her wedding to “love of my life” John, 30. They aim to walk down the aisle sometime next summer.
Vicky hit back at claims they postponed their big day because of relationship problems.
She said: “It was annoying. People put two and two together and made five. It was frustrating and it hurt.
We both had a tough year. We were stressed. John lost both grandparents within six months and I lost my best friend.
“Planning a wedding should be a magical time but it didn’t feel magical in any way so we postponed it.
It was sad people jumped to conclusions but we know how strong we are as a couple and how much we love each other.”
Vicky previously lost almost four stone, dropping from a size 16 to a size 6. But she isn’t just looking at the scales this time around.
She said: “I’m working hard to get fit for my wedding day but I’m focusing on a state of mind rather than size.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to look amazing on the day and make John cry. But I don’t have any set weight goals.
“I want to be a curvy size 8 to 10, and have nice boobs and a bum. Think a cross between J.Lo and Meghan Markle – that’s not aiming high at all.”
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