‘He’s going to lose it’: Wife surprises husband with 30kg weight loss after UK stay

Behold: Sarah Valentine had an emotional reunion with her husband, who she hasn’t seen in seven months after leaving MIQ today – leaving him stunned by a huge surprise.

Sarah Valentine had an emotional reunion with her husband, who she hasn’t seen in seven months after leaving MIQ today – leaving him stunned by a huge surprise.

The Auckland accent coach lost more than 30kg while caring for her ailing mother in England but managed to keep it a secret from her husband to this day.

The Herald captured the couple’s special moment outside the Naumi Hotel at Auckland Airport.

“He’s just going to lose his nerve, he’s going to cry his eyes out,” Valentine said ahead of today.

“He just won’t believe it.”

Valentine started the Cambridge Weight Plan 1:1 Diet with the support of a friend while living with her mother in England.

Her mother suffered a stroke at her home in June last year and fell down the stairs, breaking ten ribs and a vertebra.

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Valentine kept her weight loss a secret to surprise her husband. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Valentine and her brother flew to her mother’s shortly after, but difficulties in getting an MIQ place led to her staying over Christmas.

“As soon as we got there we started trying to get home and watch MIQ, sometimes five, six hours a day, to hit the refresh button, which was a nightmare.

“I cried every day. Maybe I just cried out all my fat.

“And I thought I had to do something… for me. My best friend has a place where she does the 1:1 diet.

“My friend Alex was just like that … do it for a week and see what happens.”

Sarah Valentine at her starting weight of 122 kg in July.  Photo / Included
Sarah Valentine at her starting weight of 122 kg in July. Photo / Included

Valentine, who weighed 122 kg, was amazed at how quickly she was able to shed the pounds.

“In the first week I lost 10 pounds and I was like… really?

“After losing 10 pounds my first week it was 3 pounds, the following week it was 4 pounds and it just kept coming off.”

She decided to personally surprise her husband with the transformation and managed to use camera tricks while video calling him to keep it a secret.

“I just started doing … the really unattractive videos, trying to keep my face down and stuff like that.

“Once I forgot I was supposed to be hiding, and I’d just gotten this really cool outfit… so I was like, ‘Oh my god, look at me.’

“He’s like, ‘That looks really slim,’ and … I quickly jumped onto the sofa to try and get away because … I nearly busted!”

But while Valentine believes her husband was groping in the dark, she confided in her son and shared her weight-loss journey with hundreds of followers on social media.

“I’ve been on video for the last six months of my life, all the tears, all the crying, all of it.”

A series of videos, including her working out and “weighing in” at her friend’s clinic, were posted to her TikTok account.

“I’m on social media a lot, [my husband] Don’t look at my Instagram or TikTok.”

Before and after.  Photo / Included
Before and after. Photo / Included

She told the Herald that losing weight through a combination of diet and exercise has been life-changing.

“If you’ve seen how I looked before and how I look now, it’s completely different.

“It is amazing. I can run, I can walk, I can hop and jump and I’ve now taken the Cambridge Weight Coach exam myself because I just want to help people do what I’ve been able to do and do it in New Zealand. “

Valentine was able to book a room at the MIQ and arrived in New Zealand on January 5th.

The family were reunited outside a quarantine hotel in Auckland after months of separation.  Photo / Brett Phibbs
The family were reunited outside a quarantine hotel in Auckland after months of separation. Photo / Brett Phibbs

She ended her 10 days in quarantine today and left the hotel at midday while her husband, son and best friend waited outside.

“I was literally so nervous I didn’t know what to do with myself,” she told the Herald. “It was very difficult to be a little dishonest!”

Husband Brian Schrider knew something was up but had no idea what it was.

When Valentine emerged, the couple looked at each other in disbelief before hugging.

“I had to look twice. That’s Sarah, but that’s not Sarah,” Schrider said. “Oh my god I think what she did is amazing. I’m feeling a little, um, chubby now!

“The best part is that it’s so much better for your health and how you feel about yourself. Wow, I have an amazing wife again.”

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