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ROPED IN Nurse kicks off skipping craze as she drops staggering three stone in three months

"Now I am skipping six days a week and hitting 5,000 skips a day. In three months I lost three stone, the weight just fell off me"

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Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

A nurse who shed three stone in just three months after she began jumping rope has become a skipping sensation.

Hilary Young (29) took up the activity earlier this year during lockdown as a last-ditch attempt to reduce her bust size before undergoing breast reduction surgery.

In just three months, the mental health nurse from Carlow drastically reduced the size of her breasts, skipping out on a €9,000 surgery all thanks to a €10 jump rope.

Sharing her journey on Instagram @hilarydoes the fitness aficionado has gone viral and encouraged thousands of people to leap into her new exercise regime.

“I can’t get my head around it, it’s actually insane. My following has literally tripled in the last couple of weeks and I have so many people that are now joining me on my journey. It’s crazy,” she says.

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Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

Hilary Young feels a lot happier now she has her fitness regimen.

After years of detesting her cleavage, Hilary made the decision to go under the knife.

“I made inquiries and had consultations and was determined to do it, but there’s obviously risk involved in any surgery so I wanted to give it one last go to try to find something to reduce my bust naturally. And obviously, surgery is very expensive.

“My boyfriend’s mam told me skipping would be brilliant.

"I said if this fails, I will do surgery, let’s just give it a shot. I started with 500 skips and it was awful. It was sore and I was exhausted and I wanted to cry. I managed to push myself to get the 500 done in segments. I went inside and said I am never doing that again. I hated it. The next day, I woke up and my body was so sore, like I had been in the gym for six hours. I knew I was on to something.”

Building up her stamina, the social media star soon found that her fitness came on leaps and bounds.

“Within four or five, maybe six days, I was like I can do more than 500 so got up to 1,000, then I was hitting 5,000 and even tried 10,000 as the months progressed.

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“Now I am skipping six days a week and hitting 5,000 skips a day. In three months I lost three stone, the weight just fell off me, including my bust. My whole body just toned up and you could see the definition in my arms and legs.

“I was quoted nine grand for a breast reduction — a basic skipping rope costs €10.”

Deciding to share her progress, Hilary uploaded a video of her journey to her Instagram and was blown away by the response.

“When I realised how far I had come I created a little snapshot of my journey and posted that video on Instagram. The response was phenomenal. People wanted to know exactly what I was doing and the messages poured in.”

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Hilary has had a great response from people about her weight loss.

Hilary has had a great response from people about her weight loss.

Hilary has had a great response from people about her weight loss.

Hilary, who also committed to a clean eating regime in a bid to overhaul her lifestyle, said: “I would have been a 14 to even 16 beforehand and now I’m a size ten.

“If my weight fluctuated in the past, up or down, my boobs always remained the same. I had my boobs measured recently and I went in thinking I was a 36DD because many, many moons ago, I had gotten measured and I was that size. But because I hate my boobs I hadn’t been measured since.

“Now I am a 30FF so my back went right down but I was almost ready to cry because I thought I was a smaller cup size. There really is no comparison now, they are so neat and I can wear anything I want now, I love them.

“The woman who fitted me for a bra looked at pictures of me back from January and she said I was closer to a 36GG so there really is such a big difference.”

Revealing that her breast size had been a source of anguish, Hilary revealed: “My boobs came in really early in primary school and I was always extremely self-conscious of them. Nothing fit me properly and it even made exercising difficult.

“They were always in your face. I never wore low-cut tops because they were always what people looked at first, people’s gaze would always fall there. I also never wore a regular bra because that kind of just perked them up and made them look big and emphasised them. It got to a point where they just really got me down.

“Now I feel like a new person. I’m almost afraid to come online because people might say ‘she’s gone very cocky,’ but I don’t care at the same time. I’ve never felt like this before, I never felt so good. I want everyone to feel the confidence that I am feeling right now.

“A couple of months ago, you couldn’t pay me to go wear a crop top in public I just wouldn’t do it.”

With 42,000 Instagram followers and rising, thousands of fellow skippers are hopping on the trend.

“There’s a community of us now, it’s crazy. I’m literally just a girl in her backyard skipping and all of this has just snowballed from there.

"I’ve done interviews and been on TV, it’s unbelievable. I took videos and put it on my Instagram to hold myself accountable. When people started skipping and tagging me, it just blew my mind.

“I’m so glad I shared on Instagram because I never want to stop. I get messages from people saying that it’s helping them so much and they would have suffered and continue to be self-conscious of their boobs or their fitness levels and they’re seeing massive results.

“People from Denmark, Dubai, Australia, all over the world message me.”

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Hilary before and (right) after

Hilary before and (right) after

Hilary before and (right) after

Skipping has also been a soothing balm for the mental health nurse.

“I do 12-hour shifts and night shifts. I get up early at 5am on mornings before work just to make sure I try get it done, it has become a non-negotiable.

“It clears my mind, especially on days when work has been really difficult. We were busy because of Covid in a different sense, because obviously the pandemic is affecting the mental health of people — you can really see that with the influx of numbers. Even I struggle.

“The nurses are skipping with me and I have relatives asking me to send them rope recommendations. It takes people back to their childhood, it’s a fun, cheap and positive way to get in shape and look after your mental health. I’ll never stop now,” said Hilary

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