‘I DROPPED SIX DRESS SIZES FOR MY COUSIN’S WEDDING,’
says Abbie Cardie, 21, from East Ayrshire
‘When my cousin, Casi, asked me to be her bridesmaid in October 2015, I said “yes” straight away.
As soon as I got home, though, I burst into tears – the other bridesmaids were so slim, but at 18st 5lb I was going to stick out like a sore thumb!
I’d always been overweight, but a bad relationship with an ex meant I’d eaten for comfort even more.
Worse still, I’d just started training as a PE teacher but, as a size 24, I wasn’t exactly a good advert for a healthy lifestyle.
Simple things like bending down to tie my shoe laces had become a challenge, and finding trendy clothes in my size was near impossible.
So in January 2016, I joined Slimming World – and have never looked back!
I left that first group with a huge amount of nutritious recipes. I particularly loved the Slimming World “fakeaways” – healthier versions of all my favourite takeaways.
In a week, I lost 5½lb and, as the months passed by, the weight kept dropping off.
Before long, I was looking so different that friends would walk past me in the street!
By March the following year, I’d lost a staggering 8st 5lb.
Now, I feel like a whole new woman! I’ve been with my boyfriend, Ayden, for eight months and feel full of confidence.
At school, I can take part in our daily mile-long walk with the kids – it feels so great to join in and practise what I teach.
Casi is so proud of me, too. In fact she jokes that I might upstage her at the wedding next September!
Best of all, I can ditch that size 24 bridesmaid dress for a perfect size 10…
Now, I can look forward to celebrating her big day rather than being filled with dread.’
Height: 5ft 3½in Before: 18st 5lb After: 10st Total weight loss: 8st 5lb