says Ab­bie Cardie, 21, from East Ayr­shire

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‘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

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