SLIM AND SLIMMER
AGLASGOW mum who was bullied in school because of her size has gained a huge Instagram following after losing 10 stone.
A self-confessed “big eater” at her heaviest, Stacey Lee, 36, tipped the scales at 23 stones. She feared taking her son to the carnival in case she didn’t fit in the rides and avoided pictures.
The Baillieston mum of two admits she could put away a multipack of crisps before her takeaway arrived.
Now a trim 10st, size 12 Lee loves clothes shopping and has learned to like the camera.
Lee took part in the social media “decade challenge” showing how she looked in 2010 and racked up 132,000 Instagram likes.
She said: “I was bullied as a child and I remember my dad used to say to me, you just need to lose weight.
“I just never knew how to do it. We were brought up on Findus crispy pancakes and convenience foods.
“I’m 5ft 8inches tall and my husband used to say you don’t look that weight, but I’d say to him, ‘I am that weight, I can feel it’.
“One of the things for me was that I was always nervous about going to the carnival in case I didn’t fit in the rides.
“I couldn’t fit on a swing so I could teach the kids how to go on a swing.”
Lee, who is married to David, 34, lost 10 stone over two years after her neighbour persuaded her to come to join Slimming World.
In a typical day Lee now has porridge for breakfast while dinner could be lasagne or spaghetti bolognaise. Occasional sweet treats are allowed and she walks her Cockapoo Auggie for exercise.
She said: “When I found out I could east as much pasta as I wanted I wanted I was hooked.
“You can still have burger and chips, you just need to make your own burger.”
“I’m a big eater and I don’t like feeling like I’m on a diet.
“You do need to watch bread and cereal but pasta, potatoes and rice are all free and you can eat as much of them as you like.
“Before, I could sit and eat a six multi-pack of crisps before my takeaway even arrived. I now enjoy cooking simple dishes like spaghetti bolognaise and the kids enjoy it too.
“Before I lost weight I could see that my wee boy was becoming too keen on convenience food like pizza whereas I had just had my wee girl when I started Slimming World, and she loves her vegetables.
“She actually turned round and said to me, ‘I only eat when I’m hungry’. You have to start young.”
Losing weight gave Lee the confidence to learn to drive and she now coaches others at the group. She said: “It’s not a crash diet, it’s just about teaching people how to eat.”
Stacey Lee now with her pet Cockapoo, top; Lee with friends and family before her weight loss journey