Lucie beats the bullies after amazing 10st weight loss

  • Lucie Hadley, 21, has been named Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year after losing an incredible 10st and halving her bodyweight
  • She was so badly bullied at school because of her size that she moved class several times
  • Lucie decided to join Slimming World two years ago after feeling like her life was passing her by because of her weight – and now she’s ready to take on the world

A young woman who lost 10st to pick up a national slimming award is proving her childhood bullies wrong by becoming the confident, fit and healthy person she always wanted to be.

Lucie Hadley, 21, struggled with her weight since childhood and was so relentlessly bullied at school that she was forced to move classes several times. Now 10st lighter, Lucie has been named Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2019 and has the confidence to take on the world.

The school worker, who lives in Peterborough with her parents and her boyfriend, says: “When I was at school barely a day would go by when people wouldn’t mention my weight. School life was very upsetting for me and I moved classes many times because of bullying. I lost count of the amount of times I would go home early pretending to be ill because of the cruel things people used to say. I remember once someone threw food at me in the school canteen and made the remark ‘she’ll eat it, she eats everything’. They just made me feel worthless.

“PE lessons were the worst – I’d try to convince my mum to write me a note so I didn’t have to change in front of people and I was terrified of doing physical activities like the bleep test. Sometimes I’d just hide in the changing rooms and cry. My confidence at that time was rock bottom and the bullying just made everything worse.”

Even away from school, Lucie found that her weight struggles were dominating her life. She says: “My mum and sister were always keen to go on girly shopping trips, but they were just a living nightmare for me. Most young people would have loved going out and getting new clothes – not me. I couldn’t fit into anything the high street shops had to offer so I’d always end up in tears and empty handed on the way home. Even my school uniform had to be specially made because the biggest size they had wouldn’t fit me.

Lucie Hadley, Slimming World's Young Slimmer of the Year 2019
I’d already spent my childhood feeling miserable about my weight and now I was heading into adulthood feeling the same way. It was a bit of a lightbulb moment and I knew something had to change.
Lucie Hadley, Slimming World's Young Slimmer of the Year 2019

“I missed out on so much because I felt insecure about my size. I hated getting glammed up for nights out and even on nights in my weight was always on my mind. I remember going to a sleepover with my friends and cutting the labels out of my clothes in case anyone picked them up by mistake and spotted what size I was.

“I met my boyfriend Sam when I was at my biggest and he always told me that I was beautiful, but I just couldn’t see it for myself. One night I was talking to Sam and I realised that by worrying about my weight I’d lost out on all of my fun, spontaneous teenage years. I’d already spent my childhood feeling miserable about my weight and now I was heading into adulthood feeling the same way. It was a bit of a lightbulb moment and I knew something had to change.”

Lucie’s mum had recently joined a local Slimming World group and encouraged her to go along with her. She says: “Mum seemed to be getting along well at Slimming World and the food she was eating looked delicious so after a bit of persuading I decided to join her group. I was so nervous that first night. Even though I had my mum with me I worried that everyone would judge me for being so overweight at such a young age. I felt so ashamed but within minutes I realised that everyone was in that room for the same reason and rather than judging, we were all there to support each other. My group is like a second family now, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

After learning about Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan Lucie stocked her cupboards with Free Food such as pasta, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, eggs and more. She says: “Of course I was worried that I’d be hungry all the time – yet I actually found that I could still eat many of my favourite foods. I’d always known how to cook and I learnt that I just had to prepare meals differently, using low-calorie cooking spray and trimming all the fat off meat. As a family we enjoyed spaghetti Bolognese, full English breakfasts and spicy curries which tasted so good I couldn’t believe that they were helping me to lose weight. In that first week I lost 5lb and that was when I realised I could really do this. From there on there was no stopping me!”

Within 14 months of joining Slimming World Lucie was 10st lighter and had discovered a brand-new zest for life. She says: “My whole attitude is just so different now – week by week my confidence just grew and grew. I work at a school for children with special needs and these days I feel like I can offer them so much more. Before I lost the weight my knees and back would ache so much and even getting down on the floor to play with them was a struggle. Now I’ve got bags of energy and I feel like I can do anything!

“As I lost weight I also unearthed a passion for exercise, which is something I never thought would happen. I’ve gone from someone who would sob in the changing rooms to someone who goes to the gym as a hobby and to me that’s just incredible. The tears and misery are a thing of the past now too, it’s me who’s dragging my mum and sister to the shops!

“Sam and I recently went on our first holiday together and for the first time in my life I finally felt like a young woman who was just enjoying herself and living in the moment. I even wore a bikini for the first time ever, which is something I used to dream of. When I look at the person in the mirror now, I feel full of pride for what I’ve achieved. I’ve created a healthier and happier future for myself and most importantly, I haven’t let the bullies win. I might have let my teenage years pass me by, but now I’m determined to grab life with both hands.”


Name: Lucie Hadley

Age: 21

Height: 5’6”/1.67m

Starting weight: 19st 3lbs/269lbs/122kg

Current weight: 9st 3lbs/129lbs/58kg

Weight loss: 10st/140lbs/64kg

Starting dress size: 22/24

Current dress size: 8

Date joined Slimming World: 11th May 2017

Group: Lucie attends the Paston and Gunthorpe Slimming World group run by Consultant Alison Morrell at the Paston and Gunthorpe Community Centre in Peterborough every Thursday.

Before menu

Breakfast: Full English breakfast from a café with fried eggs, bacon, sausages and bread

Mid-morning: Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, party sausages

Lunch: Shop-bought sandwich with crisps and a fizzy drink

Mid-afternoon: Pastry or cake

Dinner: Takeaway pizza with a burger, chicken wings and chips

Evening: Share-size bag of sweets, pick and mix

After menu

Breakfast: Slimming World-style ‘grill up’ with low-fat sausages, lean bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans

Mid-morning: Fruit

Lunch: Homemade pasta salad

Mid-afternoon: Cucumber or veg sticks, homemade scotch egg

Dinner: Home-made ‘fakeaway’ such as a Chinese dish, curry or pizza with Slimming World chips

Evening: Fruit, jelly, Slimming World hi-fibre bar

For further information please contact Lucy Knighton in the Slimming World press office on 01773 306852/07833 684131 or email lucy.knighton@slimmingworld.co.uk

Notes to editors

  • This story is NOT for syndication to any magazines without the consent of Lucie Hadley and the Slimming World press office (details above).
  • Slimming World and Lucie Hadley retain copyright of all images attached to this press release.
  • Slimming World’s Young Slimmer was open to all 16-21 year olds who attend Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland. Group finalists were voted for by members of all Slimming World groups and Lucie was named the overall winner.

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969 and is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. There are now more than 19,000 weekly groups supporting 900,000 members across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Groups are run by a network of 5,500 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating, encouraging and empowering members to make changes in a supportive, warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

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