A morbidly obese woman who lost 10 stone can now pull a 40-tonne truck – after finding a passion for weight training.
Vikki Mills, 28, from Lincoln, tipped the scales at 28 stone and struggled to squeeze into a size 32 when she decided to lose weight in January 2021.
After an ‘inspirational’ course of counselling, Vikki joined to a Facebook group called ‘Prime Life Project’ for help with nutrition, meal plans, weight training and helpful mindfulness techniques.
Vikki applied herself and soon found the weight dropping off after she became addicted to exercise rather than food. She ditched greasy takeaways for chicken and rice.
She went on to lose a staggering 10 stone in just 20 months – now weighing 18 stone – and slips into a slender size 18 with ease.
Vikki has since climbed mountains, joined women’s strength competitions and even managed to pull a 40-tonne truck over 10 metres.
Vikki Mills, 28, from Lincoln, who tipped the scales at 28 stone (left) and lost 10 stone can now pull a 40-tonne truck – after finding a passion for weight training (right)
Vikki has since climbed mountains, joined women’s strength competitions and even managed to pull a 40-tonne truck over 10 metres
Vikki, a mental health support worker, from Sincil Bank, Lincoln, said: ‘I never intended to lose weight. I just wanted to better myself and my mind.
‘I don’t think people realised how much I couldn’t do as a ‘big girl’.
‘I can do so much more now – including shopping in town, a luxury I’m so grateful for.
‘When I joined the project, they started a challenge to complete 7,500 steps daily without a gym during lockdown. I actually quite enjoyed the exercise.
The mental health support worker tipped the scales at 28 stone and struggled to squeeze into a size 32 when she decided to lose weight in January 2021 (left and right)
Vikki’s before diet
Breakfast – Peanut butter on toast and cereal
Lunch – Ham sandwich, cake and crisps
Dinner – Pick up takeaway, McDonalds
Snacks – Biscuits, sweets or cakes
Vikki’s after diet
Breakfast – Weetabix and raspberries
Lunch – Chicken wrap
Dinner – Chicken and rice or chicken pasta with tomato basil sauce
Snacks – Dark chocolate with Greek yoghurt
‘The biggest problem was the food, I had to completely stop drinking and eating takeaways and live off chicken, rice and Weetabix.’
Single Vikki started her journey with the only intention of finding a way to help her mental health improve when she came across the group on Facebook in January 2021.
She was introduced to a coach, who would send Vikki daily challenges to complete every week.
Vikki would need to walk 7,500 steps, stick to a strict meal plan and write a diary entry each morning to go through her thoughts.
After getting second place in a women’s weightlifting competition – just behind Wales’ third strongest woman Nikki Walters, 34 – she decided to attempt the 40-tonne truck pull
After feeling ‘overwhelmed’ by the support she received from the weight loss community, she said she is ‘determined to attend more events’
She explained: ‘The Facebook group was filled with similar women looking for guidance in nutrition, exercise and advice.
‘I found it though my friend on her Facebook story. It’s turned my life around.
‘The routine is what helped me most, I needed that daily schedule, and it was handed to me.’
By July 2021, Vikki had lost seven stone, but unlocked a lot of ‘deep-rooted trauma’ which set her back for a few weeks.
She said: ‘I fell into a couple of bad habits, including drinking again, eating more takeaways and ignoring my daily challenges.
‘I started to look at the mirror and see a different person.
After adopting a strict healthy diet and taking up exercising, the mental health support worker quickly shed 10 stone (left and right)
‘I needed time to adjust at the new woman starting in front of me.’
With more counselling, Vikki got back into the swing of weight training – she joined a gym in Lincoln – and her got back on track with her daily meal plans.
Her weight training began to rapidly improve with her bench press personal best going up to 70kg and her leg press reaching 400kg.
In May 2022, started with a new coach, Alice Abbot, 27, under Team Syrius and she’s ‘loving every minute of it’.
In August 2021, Vikki attempted something she never thought she would ever do, she climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland – in four hours and 10 minutes.
In August 2021, Vikki attempted something she never thought she would ever do, she climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland – in four hours and 10 minutes
Vikki said: ‘I just kept going, one step at a time, and gradually I got there.
‘Looking out over Scotland was just amazing, it’s something that will stick with me forever.’
Vikki also attended her first Push/Pull event in Lincoln on 30 July. The Truck Push/Pull event is held every year in Lincolnshire, and gathers the strongest of men and women to compete in a series of objects they need to push and pull.
After getting second place in the women’s competition – just behind Wales’ third strongest woman Nikki Walters, 34 – she decided to attempt the 40-tonne truck pull.
Vikki has even been clothes shopping for the first time in her life – and said she is feeling more confident than ever
Vikki, who was the only woman at the event to attempt the truck pull, managed to move it 10 metres in just one minute.
Vikki said: ‘I never for one minute thought I could pull that truck, but I wanted to give it a go.
‘I’ve been so overwhelmed with the support I’ve received, and I’m determined to attend more events – it was so much fun.’
Vikki has even been clothes shopping for the first time in her life.
She said: ‘I suddenly looked in the mirror and realised I’m a size 18.
‘I don’t think I’ve been a size 18 since I was 17. I was overwhelmed by my new body.
‘I can now wear a dress without feeling extremely insecure.’
Vikki is continuing to lose weight for a transformation category at a bodybuilding show.
She is keeping to her daily routines but is prioritising her mental health to ensure she never reverts back to the woman who ‘ate takeaways and hated herself.’
Vikki said: ‘The sky is your limit, and when the sky is too low, go to space.’