Brides show off their new al­tar im­age

Leeanne and Lau­ren dropTEN dress sizes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Edel Ke­nealy

A stun­ning Castlemilk cou­ple worked to­gether to lose a com­bined 12stones 2lbs to look and feel amaz­ing on their wed­ding day.

Leeanne Laird and Lau­ren McCloskey dropped 10 dress sizes be­tween them af­ter join­ing Slim­ming World just 18 months ago.

The girls fell in love eight years ear­lier when they met at work and Leeanne, then 20, was a size 16 and Lau­ren, 26, a size 18.

De­spite their size, it was love at first sight and they found each other funny and at­trac­tive from the start.

But in 2015, the pair were eat­ing un­healthily as Lau­ren worked long hours in be­tween study­ing and Leeanne had lost mo­ti­va­tion and was suf­fer­ing from a lack of en­ergy.

Con­fi­dence of both the girls had started tak­ing a mas­sive hit, they were feel­ing fat and frumpy and hid­ing be­hind larger clothes.

Leeanne wanted a change and joined her lo­cal Slim­ming World group in Castlemilk, led by Stephanie Ma­ley.

She said: “I have suf­fered with anx­i­ety for years and in most cases would have been put off by groups, but I ex­plained this to Stephanie who ac­com­mo­dated for this the best she could to en­sure I felt sup­ported and safe at group get­ting the help I needed to lose weight.”

Leeanne fol­lowed Slim­ming Worlds’ food op­ti­mis­ing healthy eat­ing plan and lost 7 1/2 lbs in her first two weeks at group.

“I was eat­ing cur­ries, burg­ers, sausages and chips, losing weight ev­ery week eat­ing real food,” Leeanne said.

Lau­ren was start­ing to no­tice how well Leeanne was do­ing and wanted to start losing some weight too. But, with no time to go to group, she fol­lowed along­side Leeanne at home.

“To­gether we planned meals and our shop­ping bet­ter and we ate our­self slim with un­lim­ited foods,” Leeanne added.

“We started see­ing each other in ways we hadn’t be­fore. Af­ter over eight years to­gether we were now slim­mer, sex­ier and much hap­pier and health­ier than we had ever been and we did it to­gether”

The girls took a trip to Am­s­ter­dam to cel­e­brate how amaz­ing they were do­ing where Leeanne popped the ques­tion, and plan­ning for their wed­ding gave the pair the fi­nal push to reach their tar­get weights.

Lau­ren went from a dress size 18 to an eight, losing an eight stone 2lb and Leeanne has gone from dress size 16 to a six, losing a to­tal of four stone.

“We couldn’t have got to tar­get and en­joyed our wed­ding with­out the group’s sup­port and the fam­ily and friends who at­tend group help­ing us along the way,” Leeanne said. “Most of all we have to thank Stephanie for be­ing there for us 52 weeks of the year.”

Stephanie Ma­ley’s Castlemilk Group meets ev­ery Mon­day at the Bir­gi­dale Com­plex at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. She also runs a Fri­day morn­ing group at 9.30am in the Jen­niburn Cen­tre. To join call Stephanie 07773979960 or just pop along on the day.

Trans­for­ma­tion Lau­ren and Leeanne

Brides The pair mar­ried on Easter Sun­day and pose in their beau­ti­ful dresses

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