Ste­fanie: ‘I cut sugar and shed 11st in 18 months’

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News - Ni­amh Ho­ran

WRITER Ste­fanie Preiss­ner, the cre­ator of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, has re­vealed how she lost 11 stone in 18 months.

Ap­pear­ing on last Fri­day night’s The Late Late Show, Ste­fanie shared pho­tos from before her dra­matic weight loss and de­scribed how she de­cided to make a change when she caught sight of her re­flec­tion in a shopfront win­dow.

“I was walk­ing down Grafton Street one day... and I was in­spired by Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret. The shopfront was be­ing built and it was cov­ered in that black con­tact so it was kind of warped and I saw this per­son in the re­flec­tion. I thought, ‘That’s a large per­son’ but then I got closer and re­alised it was me.

“Ob­vi­ously I had seen mir­rors before but it was like a rare op­por­tu­nity to see your­self as other peo­ple see you,” she said.

It was a turn­ing point. She asked her friend if she thought she could lose six stone in a year. She replied, with­out bat­ting an eyelid, “[you] can do any­thing you want to do”.

“I made my de­ci­sion in that mo­ment and did it.”

Ste­fanie ex­plained the one rule she fol­lowed.

“I need a rule, a very black and white thing. I had to make it sim­ple by mak­ing a rule,” she said. “I made one sim­ple rule: I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat sugar of any de­scrip­tion. I also started kick­box­ing twice a week be­cause as a writer it’s easy to be seden­tary.”

Ste­fanie said she lost 11 stone in a year and a half but ex­plained that even though the weight loss has made peo­ple treat her dif­fer­ently, she’s the same per­son in­side.

When host Ryan Tubridy asked her to tell him about that “dif­fer­ent Ste­fanie”, she said: “She was the same as me, same thoughts, same ideas, she just looked dif­fer­ent. But I grew up like that so that it is what I knew. And I had never tried to lose weight... I was just al­ways over­weight and I just thought that was who I was.”

For full in­ter­view, see to­day’s ‘Life Mag­a­zine’.

SWEET SUC­CESS: Ste­fanie Preiss­ner as she is to­day and (inset) when she was 11 stone heav­ier. The writer achieved this dra­matic loss by cut­ting sugar from her diet. Main photo: Kip Car­roll

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