Stephanie in­spires na­tion as she tells RTÉ’s To­day Show of weight­loss story

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

ABBEYFEALE woman Stephanie Smith’s in­cred­i­ble weight­loss story cap­tured the hearts of the na­tion when she ap­peared on The To­day Show with Maura and Dáithí last week to share her jour­ney and slimmed­down new look.

Stephanie lost an amaz­ing 11 stone in re­cent years with the help of Weight­watch­ers in Abbeyfeale - un­der class leader and Duagh na­tive San­dra Ma­her – in an achieve­ment that saw her very nearly tak­ing a national Weight­watch­ers ti­tle for her record.

It was a jour­ney sparked by the heart­break­ing dis­cov­ery that her son Joe was be­ing taunted at school aged just 9 over his mother’s weight.

“I joined be­cause Joe was ac­tu­ally be­ing bul­lied be­cause of my ap­pear­ance, he was be­ing teased about it and that hit me re­ally hard. I cried plenty of times, but it gave me the slap­down I needed,” Stephanie told The Ker­ry­man re­cently. She em­barked on the Weight­watch­ers plan with steely de­ter­mi­na­tion – in the knowl­edge her eat­ing habits, which were about to change for good, were born of emo­tional needs.

Along with Joe and his twin sis­ter Emma - both a mas­sive source of sup­port for their mom – Stephanie at­tended RTÉ last week for the film­ing of the show as she thrilled ev­ery­one in a stylish makeover. San­dra Ma­her, who trav­elled with her, said she was very proud of Stephanie: “Stephanie looked amaz­ing with her new look, I am re­ally proud of her weight­loss suc­cess.”

Abbeyfeale’s Stephanie Smith cen­tre stage in RTÉ’s To­day Show last week with her twins Joe and Emma, Weight­watch­ers class leader San­dra Ma­her (left) and the show’s hosts Maura Der­rane and Dáithí Ó Sé. Stephanie lost an in­cred­i­ble 11 stone with Weight­watch­ers in Abbeyfeale in re­cent years and proudly shared her story with the na­tion on RTÉ last week.

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