By Connie Osborne Thursday 21 March 2013 Updated: 22/03 07:29
A BRIDE to be who at her heaviest could not get a seatbelt around herself shed 20 stone in just 19 months.
Tipping the scales at nearly 29st and wearing a size 32, Emma Sealey was warned by doctors she faced an early grave if she did not lose weight.
The 33-year-old from Matchborough East, who had struggled with her weight from the aged of eight, was recommended the Cambridge Weight Plan by a friend.
She said: “The doctor told me if I didn’t do something drastic, I would be dead by the time I reached 40. I was disgusted with myself.
“My mum suggested I had a gastric band but I thought, ‘I got myself into this state, I need to get myself out of it’.”
She took the drastic decision to clear out all of her cupboards and swapped her normal diet of chocolate, takeaways and doughnuts for soups, shakes and cereal bars.
“I was used to eating four pizzas in one go, so I knew swapping that for soup would be hard, but I was determined. I decided the only way I was going to lose weight and keep it off was to use photographs to chart my weight-loss progress every month to motivate myself to eat the right things.”
From September 2010, Emma followed the 1,000 calorie-a-day diet and in the first week lost an incredible 12lb, reaching two stone within a month.
“Every time I looked at the newest picture of myself, I couldn’t believe how much younger I looked.”
As Emma became slimmer her confidence grew and she eventually joined the gym which accelerated her weight loss.
Within 19 months, Emma was 8st 13lb, reaching her goal eight days before her 33rd birthday on April 17 last year.
The super slimmer, who has now lost two-thirds of her original bodyweight and dropped a staggering 22 dress sizes, thanked her fiancé Brian for all of his support and said she was looking forward to walking down the aisle in a size ten wedding dress.
She said: “When I was nearly 30st, I never thought I’d become a bride as I couldn’t imagine trying to find a dress to fit me and worried I wouldn’t fit down the aisle.
“I can’t wait to go dress shopping and look glam for my big day. It’s the ultimate reward and my wedding photo will be the final picture in my photo weight-loss diary.”
For more information about the Cambridge Weight Plan, e-mail Shirley McInerney on email@example.com or call 07804 493185
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