SLIM AND SLIM­MER

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARO­LINE WIL­SON SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

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

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