Name: Emma Godfrey
Height: 5ft 2
Start size: 20
Current size: 10-12
“I am a managing director of a bakery and a married mother of one. I first realised I was a bit ‘plumper’ than the other girls when I was at school, and by the time I was 20 I weighed 16 stone. I have tried many diets and slimming clubs all to no avail. The trouble was I often used food as a reward, treating myself to takeaways and bottles of wine. I used to treat myself to make me feel happy and content but it always had the opposite effect.
“I detested clothes shopping and would never try anything on, I would always dress in leggings and baggy tops, normally just grabbing the biggest size possible off the rail, still not being certain it would fit me. No one knew just how desperately unhappy I was about my weight. Everyone just thought I was ‘happy-go-lucky Emma but inside I was tearing myself up.
“After having my daughter I piled on more weight, not working and sitting at home with a new born, was very isolating and yet again I turned to food for comfort. My weight-loss jump-start came when, my now husband, asked me to marry him, I was over the moon and we decided we didn’t want to wait to get married and we set a date for 5 months later, but I knew I didn’t want to be a fat bride so I didn’t have long to lose the weight I so desperately wanted to before my big day.
I got to have the wedding of my dreams
“My Consultant Dan was brilliant. We decided to start on Step 2, I had a young daughter and didn’t want her to see me not eating at meal times. I couldn’t believe what the scales said after just one week! I had never been so focused about anything in my life before, and having a weekly weigh in was the key! The weight just kept falling off, even over Christmas. I was determined and I was going to be a slim bride!
“I was amazed at all the compliments I was receiving from people in the bakery and in the street, they called me ‘the incredible shrinking woman’ as my weight loss was so quick and steady. I had so much support from friends and relatives which helped no end with my resolve to reach my target. I was feeling full of confidence and just bubbling with energy, something I really wasn’t used to.
“My hatred of clothes shopping meant I ended up buying my wedding dress for £60 on eBay, but as my goal got closer and closer, it became too loose to wear, I’d purchased a size 16 and I was now a slender size 12! So I went shopping for a new wedding dress, being slim I could now choose the dress of my dreams, a beautiful vintage tea dress. When I got home I cried tears of happiness, I was going to have the wedding I had dreamed of.
“My wedding day was the second best day of my life after becoming a mum and I can’t tell you how proud I am of my wedding pictures. There are not words to describe how happy I felt. I had set myself a target of the last weigh in before my wedding and with a deep breath I stood on the scales that day, and they showed I’d beaten my target by 2 pounds, it was the best feeling ever!”
The weight lost and/or time frames are particular to this slimmer. Everyone’s weight loss journey is unique to them.