A McDonald’s employee who piled on the kilos after consuming a large meal on the finish of every shift and even visiting the drive-thru on her days off used to cover meals wrappers in her room.
Her weight ballooned after she suffered two household bereavements. But now Gabrielle Dennis has shed a powerful six stones.
She had by no means had a drawback with her weight rising up however began to “eat her emotions” when her granddad died when she was 14. Four years later her different granddad died and her issues continued.
After beginning her first job at quick meals big McDonald’s she began consuming a large meal from the quick meals chain throughout every shift and would go to the drive-thru when she wasn’t working.
It was when she tipped the scales at greater than 17 stone that she determined to do one thing about her weight and now she seems like a “new woman”.
The 24-year-old stated: “I used to be slim throughout my college days and by no means had a drawback with meals.
“When I used to be 14 and 18, my granddad’s sadly handed away. This is when my weight started to pile on and I started to eat my feelings.
“I began my first job which was at McDonald’s and every shift I had entry to a free large meal. I additionally had my very own cash and earnings which was new to me.
“Because I had my very own cash, this result in me shopping for no matter meals I fancied, every time. Then, once I handed my driving take a look at, it turned even simpler with going to the drive through.
“Before I knew it, I used to be purchasing within the plus-size part and I gauged on any meals I might get my fingers on.
“It acquired so dangerous my mum truly banned me consuming meals upstairs and she banned me consuming sweets, chocolate and crisps.
“I used to hide the wrappers everywhere in my room. Shoved in my drawers, down my bed, in my pillow, everywhere. Of course my mum found them and enough was enough.”
Gabrielle stated she tried many weight loss plans over time however they by no means labored as her “heart wasn’t in it”.
Then when she met her boyfriend Samuel, she stated she realized learn how to love herself and with a nudge from him and her mum she joined Weight Watchers in February final yr.
Now the scholar has slimmed down from 17 stone three.5 kilos to 11 stone and 5 kilos.
She stated: “We can eat no matter we would like as lengthy as it’s inside your factors. Weight Watchers isn’t a weight-reduction plan, it’s a way of life.
“With being a pupil, folks usually assume I discover it harder due to cash and residing in a home of people that eat all totally different sorts of meals however what motivates me to plan my meals at college is realizing I match into smaller garments now.
“I additionally batch cook dinner which is tremendous useful as a result of I do know I’ve one thing within the freezer when I’m busy.
“I’ve extra power, I can transfer extra and I’m snug in my very own pores and skin.”
Gabrielle stated her wonderful weight loss has modified how she lives her life, day after day.
She stated: “I used to need to spend all my time in mattress however now I take advantage of every day and I’m grateful that I’m not as out of breath once I’m strolling and that I can train with out being embarrassed.
“I take every opportunity rather than making excuses because I wasn’t happy within myself.”
Although Gabrielle was first impressed to hitch the weight loss programme by a particular occasion, she stated her purpose modified as time went on.
She stated: “My unique purpose for becoming a member of Weight Watchers was as a result of my greatest good friend is getting married subsequent yr and I wished to look and really feel good in my gown.
“I used to be so motivated I even made certain she purchased a smaller gown, even if she wasn’t joyful about it.
“Over time, my purpose modified to desirous to grow to be a more healthy and happier model of myself.
“Before, I used to be caught in a vicious cycle of emotional consuming. The weight crept on after the passing of each my granddads, and I used to be caught saying ‘oh I’ll begin subsequent Monday’ however that Monday by no means got here.
“I had tried Weight Watchers earlier than however even although the plan at all times labored. I wasn’t in the suitable mentality to totally interact with my weight loss journey. I hated my physique and my seems to be so I realized learn how to love and embrace my physique with the assistance of my boyfriend.
“I believe that’s what’s different this time around. I love myself but I’m committed to being a healthier and happier version of me.”
Gabrielle stated she is “a lot kinder” to her physique now.
She stated: “I eat loads of fruit and greens to fill my physique with nutritional vitamins, I drink loads of water and I train as a result of it makes me really feel wonderful afterwards.
“My well being is so necessary to me and I can inform a distinction in my physique since beginning.
“My mum is a nurse and she defined to me the dangers I used to be at being closely obese.
“My BMI has dropped by almost 10 per cent. I’ve extra power and I don’t get abdomen cramps anymore.
“I don’t recognise the woman I was before. I feel like a new woman.”