I wore my dream wedding dress!
As 31-year-old Emma Turner from Chichester, West Sussex planned her perfect wedding day she realised that there was one thing she wasn’t looking forward to – the wedding photographs! Spurred on to slip into the dress of her dreams she joined a Slimming World group and lost a stunning 3 stones*.
“Throughout my 20s I toured the UK as a professional dancer. At the time, I ate lots of takeaways but managed to stay slim because of all the energy that I burned when I was performing. When I changed career I swapped energetic dance routines for nights in front on the TV. I’d just met Mark so I didn’t really care that I was putting on weight because I was happy.
“In 1 year I put on 2½ stones. At my biggest I felt miserable, sluggish and unhappy. I tried a couple of quick-fix diets where I had to drink two milkshakes a day – and nothing else! After a few days I felt really ill and resorted to ordering a Chinese takeaway because I was so hungry.
“The final straw came when I saw photos from my sister’s wedding – I didn’t recognise myself. Looking at photos from my dancing days made me feel even worse! Plus, Mark had asked me to marry him so I wanted to lose weight for my wedding and look my best in the photos.
“I nearly didn’t make it through the Slimming World doors. I sat in the car park and watched everyone go in. I knew I had to sort myself out so I picked myself up and off I went – it was the best decision I’ve ever made!
Slimming World has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I’ve changed my eating habits completely, moving from takeaways and jars of sauces to cooking everything from scratch and using herbs and spices. I love how quick and easy food can be – salads, soups, even steak, Slimming World chips and veg in under half an hour.
“Before I joined Slimming World I’d skip breakfast, now I have overnight oats and look forward to it every morning.I take my lunch to work so I usually enjoy a big chicken salad, or leftovers from the night before (if there are any!). Mark loves the Slimming World recipes. Burgers, chilli, spag bol and curry have all gone down a storm!
“I always stay to IMAGE Therapy – that’s the bit you pay for. I’ve made so many friends and love getting on the scales. We’re not machines, some weeks I’d stay the same (I’ve never gained!), but I get all the support I need for the week ahead and leave feeling on top of the world.
“When I reached target I went to a bridal shop to find my dream wedding dress. The whole experience was everything I’d ever dreamed of – I could fit into every gorgeous outfit I tried on.
“For me healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand and now I really enjoy running. I run three times a week and I’ve signed up for the Brighton Marathon next year. It was my mission to tone up for my wedding so I bought an exercise mat and some kettlebell weights to do workouts at home – I’ve very proud of my toned legs and 6-pack!
My wedding day was the best day of my life – I felt like a princess. My wedding dress fitted beautifully and I heard lots of gasps as I walked down the aisle – Mark was gobsmacked!
“Married life is going just great and we’re about to jet off on our honeymoon. We’re going to Cancun in Mexico for two weeks and I’ve packed 14 bikinis – one for every day I’m there! Mark thinks I’m crazy! My three-times-a-week gym sessions have definitely been worth it and I can’t wait to show it off round the pool.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.