A BRIDE who waited a staggering 18 years to get married so she may lose weight is lastly strolling down the aisle.
Charmaine Brooks, 36, from Southampton, is now practically half her previous weight, after going from 18 stone to 10 stone following the Cambridge Weight Plan.
The mum-of-two used to detest her consolation consuming habits and bigger body, however was impressed to shift the kilos to look good at her future marriage ceremony.
She instructed the Mirror: “There was a time looking at holiday pictures made me cry and the thought of getting married and being looked at made me feel sick and hideous. Now I can’t wait to wed the love of my life.”
Determined Charmaine misplaced eight-and-a-half stone after being so heavy she may barely stand.
She first met associate Darren Squires, 44, when she was 17, and so they went on to have children Nathan, 16, and Aimee, 15.
Darren popped the query after Nathan was born, and Charmaine set about attempting to lose her child weight.
She misplaced three-and-a-half stone earlier than she came upon she was pregnant with Aimee.
After giving up her job to look after the youngsters who’ve particular wants, and battling on a low revenue and with melancholy, Charmaine hit a low level and the marriage was delayed.
She sought consolation in meals and admitted she was addicted to chocolate bars, and as an grownup, her 14-a-day behavior was uncontrolled.
At her peak weighing 18st 13lbs, she was consuming a staggering four,000 chocolate bars a yr at a price of £three,500.
The full-time carer was sad being a dimension 26 however every time she rolled her trolley down the chocolate aisle of the grocery store, the lure of a Dairy Milk, Crunchie, or Twirl was too robust to resist.
Diet earlier than:
Breakfast – McDonald’s breakfast with an additional hash brown
Lunch – King-size roast from the native pub, consisting of a king-size Yorkshire pudding, three completely different meats, stuffing, a pile of roast potatoes, mash potato, greens and many gravy
Dinner – A big takeaway pepperoni pizza
Snacks – Up to 14 chocolate bars a day, crisps and fizzy drinks
Breakfast – A wholesome shake from Cambridge Weight Plan
Lunch – A wholesome shake from Cambridge Weight Plan
Dinner – Chicken (with herbs/spices) and inexperienced greens
Snacks: A Cambridge bar or mousse and a minimum of three litres of water per day
That was till an embarrassing vacation snap impressed her to lose 8st 3lbs.
She mentioned: “It was first time I had actually checked out myself in years, and seeing how I appeared and the way fats my thighs have been confirmed me my dependancy had gone too far.
“After seeing the snap, I vowed to ditch the weight.”
After choosing the Cambridge Weight Plan – a low calorie food regimen, the following step for Charmaine was confronting her chocolate dependancy.
Charmaine says: “I didn’t even recognise the individual within the , and I knew if I wished to change I wanted to ditch the chocolate bars.
“I emptied the cupboards of all the bars I’d bought for myself.”
Not wanting to punish Darren and the youngsters, who loved chocolate moderately, Charmaine saved a number of bars for them from her cull.
She says: “I simply had to use some severe willpower to depart it on their lonesome.
“I stuck to a strict diet of healthy shakes and stocked up on fresh vegetables and chicken.”
Within weeks of starting her food regimen, Charmaine misplaced a stone.
The fast success gave her the motivation to keep it up.
Now, Charmaine has misplaced a powerful 8st 3lbs and weighs 10st 10lbs.
To preserve her new determine, Charmaine lately joined the gymnasium and she will now take pleasure in purchasing for fitted attire in a dimension 10.
She says: “Giving up the chocolate bar dependancy was onerous, however having the ability to play with my youngsters with out gasping for breath each 5 seconds has made all of it value it.
“I now love happening nights out with Darren and our associates to posh eating places, one thing I’d by no means have dreamt of earlier than.
“Looking again, I don’t know the way I ate four,000 chocolate bars a yr.
“I feel attractive for the first time ever, and I’ll never let them rule my life again.”
Now she has been confidently attempting on figure-hugging marriage ceremony robes and feeling extra assured than ever.
Charmaine and Darren plan to tie the knot in March in entrance of 100 visitors.
Darren mentioned: “She looks as beautiful now as the day we met. When I see her walking down that aisle towards me it’ll the happiest moment of my life.”
Charmaine added: “We’ve been by way of such lows and highs. I’m now 10st 7lb and feeling unimaginable.
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“And I’ve trained as a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant to inspire others. If I can do it, anyone can.”
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