A WEE COUNTY woman who spent years struggling with anxiety and depression has turned her life around.

And Clackmannan's Sarah Wilson had previously been taking medication in a bid to try and tackle her mental health issues.

However, when she became pregnant with her second child, she decided it was time to try something else.

She told the Advertiser: "I had my baby in September last year.

"I'd been suffering from depression and anxiety for years, and during the pregnancy you're recommended not to take anything – [so] I had to come off the medication.

"After I'd had my baby I slipped back into it and was trying to push through.

"I didn't want to go back on medication."

To that end, Sarah signed up to Alloa's GM Fitness group earlier this year and became hooked on their brutal gym sessions.

She added: "In February I started, and my addiction grew quick and fast."

Sarah now works out almost a dozen times each week, and has lost around five stone in weight.

Furthermore, she says she has experienced a massive mental transformation as well.

The 29-year-old said: "Now I work out 11 times per week, and I've never went back on my medication.

"It really has changed my life."

Her confidence has grown so much that she even plans to compete in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event in Clacks on November 9.

The event is in aid of Cancer Research UK, and will see her take on eight weeks of intense training before stepping into the ring to face a fellow Wee County fundraiser.

She hopes that by sharing her story, she can raise awareness of the immense benefits of getting fit – and support a fantastic cause in the process.

More information can be found on Sarah's JustGiving page by visiting tinyurl.com/y2p47vxw