A woman whose 17-stone weight would cause her thighs to bleed while rubbing each other has lost no less than six stones because she is not a & # 39; wide bride & # 39; wanted to be.
Sara Swallow, 31, from Brighton, balloon flight to a measure 22 after consuming family-size chocolate bars, binge-eating sweets, cookies and whole ice creams on a daily basis and eating high-calorie takeaway meals.
The mother of two, who also had the birth control pill, was refused by her doctor who said it was dangerous for & # 39; obese women & # 39 ;, should also cover her thighs with talcum powder after constant scouring bled them.
But then she painter and decorator-partner Lee, 35, suggested on holiday Sara, whose weight meant that she could only press her feet into flip flops, swore vowedly.
Sara Swallow, 31, from Brighton, discovered that her 17-stone weight made her thighs bleed while rubbing each other and meant that her feet would only fit into slippers
The mother of two, who decided to lose six stones after her painter and decorator partner Lee (right), 35, was proposed on vacation, had to have her wedding dress taken five times to walk down the aisle
The barber, who now has a size eight and weighs 10 pounds 13, changed her eating habits drastically after Lee's proposal
Sara, who started yo-yo dieting in an effort to lose weight, would see between binge eating and starving on diets with juice only.
However, after she had lost no fewer than six stones, she had to have her wedding dress taken five times to walk down the aisle as a bride in size eight.
The barber said: & # 39; I was so excited when Lee asked me to marry him.
& # 39; But the idea of walking down the aisle – or waddling more – filled me with horror.
& # 39; I wasn't going to get married in a huge tent-like dress, so I decided to drastically change my bad eating habits. & # 39;
Fish and fries, double cheeseburgers washed down with milk shakes and constant chocolate bars and a healthy, balanced meal plan focused on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Sara said: & # 39; I wasn't hungry and the weight fell off. I saw a new me – a thin me – appear in the mirror and could not believe that I was. I looked as good as I felt. & # 39;
Prior to her journey to weight loss (left), Sara daily consumed a chocolate bar from the Dairy Milk family and also started enjoying high-calorie takeaways. However, she exchanged the high-fat food for fruits and vegetables (immediately after weight loss)
Sara said that she & # 39; amazing & # 39; felt as she walked down the aisle and chose not to have a veil so she could show her back
After her dramatic weight loss where she went from size 22 to size 8, Sara had to have her wedding dress taken five times
Suddenly the woman who hated to see pictures of her as a & # 39; stranded whale & # 39; in a frumpy, floral swim suit, wearing small bikinis while she went from flab to fab.
& # 39; I always had a weight problem and was bullied at school and & # 39; called fat s *** & # 39; and when I was growing up, I had no self-respect, & # 39; Sara said.
& # 39; It was a vicious circle – I would eat, I would be depressed about my weight, someone would make a comment and then I would eat to make myself feel better.
Sara & # 39; s diet sooner
Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee with whole milk and two sugars and three Custard Cream Biscuits. Two slices of white toast with butter and peanut butter
Snacks: tea with whole milk and sugar and chocolate cookies, chocolate bar
Lunch: cheese and ham sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar with dairy milk and a glass of orange juice
Mid-afternoon snack: sweets (Haribos) or a pack of Oreo cookies
Dinner: lasagna, potato wedges, salad with mayon, cheese and garlic bread
Most nights have a second portion of man-sized portions followed by a small bowl of Ben & Jerry & # 39; s Cookie Dough ice cream
Occasional drink: Prosecco or wine
Sara & # 39; s diet now
Breakfast: Greek non-fat yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
Cup of coffee with semi-skimmed milk and sweetener
Mid-morning snack: Satsuma. Glass of water (drinks 2 liters per day)
Lunch: Whole grain bagel (no butter) with ham, lettuce, cucumber and tomato together with a small amount of low-fat mayonnaise
Mid-afternoon snack: apple. Glass of water
Dinner: homemade whole-grain spaghetti Bolognese with tomato sauce
Occasional drink: gin and slimline tonic
& # 39; I was greedy and lazy. I ate what I wanted and never went to the gym. I only went for a walk when there was cake at the end, and yet I hated what I looked like.
& # 39; My thighs were huge and covered with cellulite and deep dimples. My arms were almost as big as my thighs and I had rolls of back fat.
& # 39; When it was hot or when we went on holiday abroad, I could hardly walk, I was so tall. My thighs were so thick that they rub against each other and bleed. I should cover them with talcum powder because they sand so much.
& # 39; My feet were so thick and swollen that they would only fit in slippers and then they stuck to my feet. That was my biggest and it was a nightmare.
& # 39; My breasts were 38E and so I would wear tent dresses to hide them. I always felt sex was too big because I weighed more than Lee.
& # 39; He always thought I looked good and I didn't care how tall I was or how much I weighed, but I wasn't going to abandon myself with a big wedding dress. & # 39;
Sara joined a local Slimming World club after Lee fell on one knee during a family vacation to Ibiza with their children, Archie, eight and Harry, four.
& # 39; It was a brilliant surprise and since then my solitaire diamond engagement ring had to be made seven sizes smaller. & # 39;
Sara noticed that her diet was full and she used her & # 39; sins & # 39; to eat chocolate – but this time it was a small KitKat instead of a bar of chocolate.
She said: & # 39; I've always been a chocoholic – it has always made me better and it tastes good – and so I got a headache after I gave up. I was pretty moody, but it didn't last too long.
& # 39; I had more energy and wanted to exercise for the first time in my life. And I was so proud when I could wear a bikini and knew that there were no fat rolls and that I looked good.
& # 39; I bought my dress from a rack sale and every time I went for a fitting, they had to keep taking it. I was so happy that two days before the wedding the seamstress told me not to lose anymore.
Sara (left for weight loss and immediately after), who has lost seven inches of each arm and now has a thigh hole, said that while Lee (left and right) had always told her that she looked good, her weight had always left her with self-respect issues
& # 39; She took it one last time and said it would depend on me if I would lose more weight. It started yawning at the front because my breasts were so much smaller. & # 39;
After her dramatic life change, Sara moved from a size 22 to a size 8 and now weighs 10 pounds 13.
She is now wearing a 34C bra size, has lost seven centimeters of fat from each arm, and also has a thigh hole that once had cellulite.
Sara added: & # 39; I felt great walking down the aisle.
& # 39; My dress had no back and I had no veil, because I had no back fat for the first time in my life. I wanted to show off my smooth back.
& # 39; It was such a special day and I was so proud of myself. I looked beautiful for the first time and felt beautiful. Now I want to inspire others – I was the laziest, greedy person out there and so if I can lose weight, anyone can.
& # 39; I like to look at my wedding photos, because they not only show how much I love Lee, but they also show how far I have come. & # 39;
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