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Bride Too Embarrassed To Get Married While Overweight Loses 135 lbs To Walk Down The Aisle

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HAPPY DECEMBER! I thought I would kick it off with a #transformationpicture ❤️ Left – a couple of years ago on Christmas Eve 😟 Right – last Sunday 😊 Size 24/26 to an 8/10 all in one year. I have finally DONE it. It was literally the battle of my life. I could never understand why food controlled me! Why could I not refuse it or change?! My mentality let me down. I lived years of the viscous cycle; extreme diet or alllll the food. 😥 14 GCSE's, 5 A A level's, a joint honours law degree, a successful career – NO problem! Control what I put in my gob – THE problem of my life. It seemed absolutely impossible and was literally my destroyer. At 25 years old I knew I had to change or I would spent the rest of my life overweight. It brought me to tears too often. I wasn't depressed, I had a great life otherwise, when alone or looking in the mirror I just genuinely thought why? Why am I doing this to myself?! It is ONLY food. But it's not only food when you're basically addicted, when you're so mentally and emotionally reliant on food, when you think bad food makes you feel good. Now I know it IS only food, it's not magic. That took A LOT of work to believe that. If you LOVE food you'll always have those little mental battles. You CAN change and win those battles the majority of your days. ❤️ I hate when slim people say it's simple; eat less, move more, 3 healthy meals a day blahblah. That is SO patronising and frustrating. Completely rewiring your mind and changing your habits is the furthest from simple you can get. I joined @slimmingworld for the FOURTH time 6 stone heavier than the 1st time I joined. I was embarrassed, upset, frustrated but also motivated. Time doesn't wait for nobody. Procrastination has no place in your life regarding your health and happiness. You won't see the end for a very long time. Did I join last May and think I'd be a size 8 and weigh half my start weight?! NO! That would have sounded like nonsense to the old me. I promise you with all my heart you are capable, fight the old you in your mind every single day, make new habits. Your dream life is waiting for you. Remember willpower is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets ❣

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Your wedding day is, aside from the day you have kids or the day that the vending machine gives you two cokes for the price of one, one of the most important days of your life. So it makes sense that anyone getting married would want to look their very best — different for every person — as they walk down the aisle.

For Jennifer Ginley from Liverpool, walking down the aisle while obese was an impossible thought. It was so terrible, in fact, that she didn’t even let her boyfriend propose to her while she weighed 270 pounds.

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#throwbackthursday My summer holidays exactly one year apart. ☀️ In the left picture I had already been on SW one month, I had lost 1 stone and felt great! I started at a size 24/26 and was excited on that holiday as I was more 22/24. The picture on the right is me 1 month after hitting target! I had lost 9 stone 1.5 lb in one year and felt amazing!! I went on holiday with a case full of size 8 and 10 clothes and wore a bikini for the first time in years!! 😄 I've been proud of myself every single step of the way. I can't tell you how important I feel that aspect is. The whole world sees the effects of your weight loss and your nearest and dearest will be proud of you. Only YOU although will know the real change and feel the affects of it everyday as it's all in the mind. Become a stronger person everyday, a person you can be proud of. I've achieved many things in my life but without doubt this weight loss makes me more proud than all of that put together. When food is your thing, you weakness, your emotional crutch, whatever, it is hard to find a way out as everyone has to eat. At my lowest points I thought the only way to change was rule out food. I would calorie count to barely nothing, do slimfast, lighterlife and cambridge weight plan. As a student I spend so much money on horrid meal replacement plans. 😔 SW gave me back my life, it made my trust myself with real food and it made me know that I am truly capable of anything I put my mind too. It's not easy. I lost this weight naturally with only diet, no exercise. The old me told myself that weren't possible, the old me doubted these types of transformation pictures. Simply because it was another affirmation that I was still too weak, I was still unable to achieve the same. I joined SW four times, I've failed countless times, NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU! I never fully enjoyed anything before, my weight was always an issue holding me back. The happiness I live now is indescribable and it's all because I fight that old me everyday. It's not easy but it is possible. I always remember two things – it's only food, it's not magical AND willpower is like a muscle the more you use it, the stronger it gets. You CAN do it ❤

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Ginley, who had been with her boyfriend for 11 years, told People that she put him off every time he started discussing marriage. Not because she didn’t love him, of course, but because she didn’t want to “shop for a size 24 dress.” Things could have remained the same, but in 2015, Ginley went on a vacation to Disney World that changed her life forever.

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#mondaymotivation Well done to anyone beginning their weight loss journey now, it will be the most worthwhile and incredible thing you'll ever do. After that picture on the left was taken in January 2015 it took me four more months of comfort eating and trying to 'diet' before walking through the doors of my @slimmingworld class. If you scroll down my page I've wrote about different parts of my journey under each transformation picture. 💙 My journey in a nutshell – I'm 5 foot 5 ", without exercise I lost 9 stone 1.5 lb in one year, I went on to lose a little more in the following couple of months and my overall loss is currently 9 stone 11 lb. I went from a size 24/26 to and 8/10 in one year purely with food optimising 💫 I want to give you all a little warning that I wish I'd of had – do NOT compare yourself to anyone. Especially if you are following SW instagrams for guidance and inspiration, even more so if you're new to SW. Do NOT compare your food intake to target members who have changed their relationship with food, and are smaller so have different nutritional needs! I posted EVERY single thing I ate from joining for 18 months (May 15 – Nov 16). If you scroll back you'll see that after weigh in I'd have a high syn treat for the first couple of months and I ate lots more food. Your needs change and your intake adapts. When you start don't look at extra easy SP, don't reduce your intake when you remain hungry, if you want a huge bowl of pasta, a huge jacket potato or 15 syns a day have them!! Don't worry that others aren't eating the same way. TRUST the plan and adapt it to your own needs. Food optimising is bloody brilliant, the free food, unlimited concept is revolutionary for us food lovers. Just do as it asks and fill yourself up of speed free foods first. With a big bowl or pasta have lots of veggies/salad; same with any other meal. @slimmingworld turned me (a notorious weight loss failure) into a person who trusted themselves with food and it gave me a new healthy relationship with food. Take it one day at a time and remember WILLPOWER IS LIKE A MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU USE IT THE STRONGER IT GETS 💫💪 I know you can do it!! 😏❤

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From People:

“I had to ask for a seatbelt extender on the plane, I spent our time there having to ride on the adjusted seats for larger people, and I was horrified when I saw the photos,” she says. “One picture of me with the Little Mermaid — my favorite Disney character — actually made me gasp. I saw myself in a whole new light — I looked so unhealthy that I cried, wondering how and why I had done that to myself.”

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#transformationtuesday Left – January 2015 feeling so uncomfortable and unhappy. A few pounds away from my heaviest weight, four months before joining @slimmingworld 😞 Right – August 2016 feeling so comfortable and happy in my own skin, confident ahead of walking down the aisle as my best friend's bridesmaid 👸 🔹 The physical change feels crazy, I sometimes double take at my own reflection, my mind still hasn't caught up! BUT the biggest change is my MIND! I now actually believe myself when I say 'I will…..'. I've never been so proud of myself, I could literally write a book on my weight loss attempts. I got to the point where food had to be ruled out, in my mind that was the only logic, I had no control!! What do you think I done after Cambridge weight plan, lighterlife and celebrity slim? Binged and gained more weight! THAT is not normality and it was reinforcing my belief that I had NO control. Forget DIETS, join SW and food optimise your way to a strong mind and health boy! 💫 🔹 SW is a revelation and it made me trust myself with food. There were times I genuinely thought I'd never be capable, I hated my false promises of starting a diet every Monday, much more than I hated how I looked. 😥 🔹 Plus I spent one year socialising all whilst gaining this new me! I didn't become happy once I reached target, I became happier with every single day of my journey. It doesn't happen overnight, it takes time to go from self destruction mode to WILLPOWER of steel but you CAN DO IT! Seriously if you knew the old me you'd believe me when I told you if I can anyone can. I'm 5 foot 5, I was 19 stone 4 lb, I'm now HALF that (9 stone 9 lb!) and got here without exercising. Find me a better food plan that food optimising?! I think you'll find yourself unable. HAPPY TUESDAY BEAUTIFUL HUMANS! Have a GREAT day on plan, flex that will power and go to bed proud of yourself ❣️ 🔹 #slimmingworld#slimmingworlduk#iloveslimmingworld#slimmingworldinsta#foodoptimising#slimmingworldfollowers#slimmingworldtarget#targetmember#swtargetmember#slimmingworldtargetmember#weightloss#weightlossjourney#beforeandafter#weightlosstransformation

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By the time the tears had dried, Ginley had made a decision: She would lose the weight. So she joined a program called Slimming World (similar to Weight Watchers) and started following the plan. Instead of eating “whatever she could get her hands on,” Ginley began to do something different, namely planning her meals. Instead of eating fast food, she went shopping and still eats foods like spaghetti Bolognese and chicken stir-fry.

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#facetofacefriday with my beautiful sister @cginner_x July 15 – August 16 😆 Together we have lost over 16 stone! 😬 We used to be bad eating partners and had the same issues with food. We both LOVE food. @slimmingworld has allowed us to remain food lovers but we just love it in a different way. We go out for meals and food optimise, we cook amazing SW feasts for each other and we love indulging in our syns together. We cried together over the years and also laughed when we would be eating a takeaway on a Sunday because either one of us would say 'right diet tomorrow'! We laughed because we knew we were notorious diet failures. We had been on every diet under the sun! We paid for meal replacement diets and hated every second, we would use our weight watchers points for a McDonald's, we would eat our cabbage soup to the point of feeling sick and much more!!! There is no food plan that compares to @slimmingworld world!!! We both feel like it has fixed our mentality with food too, we know we should fill up on the fresh food, the read good stuff in unlimited amounts and then have your indulgences in a measured way! 👏 You all see my journey through this account but it's definitely been a family affair. My Mum has lost weight too and lives happier and healthier. We all love life the SW way. It's not a 'diet' I'm ever going to come off. We are all lifetime food optimisers and LOVE our food! 😍 Neither myself or my sister exercised throughout our weight loss, we just done as our food bible and lifeline online told us! Yes it's hard to do what the plan tells you when you're fighting your own habits and mentality towards food, THAT is the hard part of losing weight. Willpower doesn't appear overnight, creating new habits takes time, commitment and persistence, remember WILLPOWER IS LIKE A MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU USE IT THE STRONGER IT GETS! 🙏 NEVER give up on yourself, we both did, we thought we were hopeless and destined to always bit the 'big ones' in our group of friends. What happened when we stop believing in ourselves – we gained lots more weight. We had been a member of SW before, this time we joined to CHANGE, not to use a diet to lose weight! YOU CAN DO IT! 💖

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Aside from Ginley’s goals to lose the weight, she also wanted to get back to the things she enjoyed before she’d grown larger. So when she dropped 98 pounds and her body felt ready, she returned to dancing. Now, she weighs 135 pounds less than she used to (that’s half her body weight!). Her secret? Keeping a food diary. She began posting her diary on Instagram as soon as she started Slimming World and used the likes and comments she got as support. The response from her family and friends, she says, has been overwhelming.

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#mondaymotivation Photo on the left – March 2015, photo on the right – last Friday! A much healthier, happier, confident version of myself!! All thanks to @slimmingworld and my commitment to change! 💖 19 stone 4 lb ➡️ 9 stone 9 lb Size 24/26 ➡️ size 8/10 No control ➡️ control Fake smiles ➡️ true happiness I never dreamed I'd be confident enough to go out wearing a crop top! Your dreams really can be achieved if you try every single day. Losing weight is a mental battle and it is not easy at all! Very difficult but achievable. I spent years thinking I'd be overweight forever as I failed countless times. The evening of that before picture I had ripped that size 24 skirt as it was too tight, last weekend I had room in my size 8 skirt! I'm SO proud of myself and the cherry on he cake is that I've shared my whole journey and could possibly inspire others to believe in themselves! On Saturday I was voted Miss Slinky by my class members, that term makes me smile but it is SO true! It's great to now know as a young girl I can dress for my fashion sense, not to hide myself! I definitely feel confident and Slinky thanks to SW ❣️ It doesn't happen overnight but it does happen if you put in the effort daily. WILLPOWER IS LIKE A MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU USE IT THE STRONGER IT GETS 💪👗👌 #slimmingworld#slimmingworlduk#iloveslimmingworld#slimmingworldinsta#foodoptimising#slimmingworldfollowers#slimmingworldtarget#achievedtarget#weighinresults#targetmember#swtargetmember#slimmingworldtargetmember#weightloss#weightlossjourney#beforeandafter#weightlosstransformation#transformation#weightlossmotivation#bodytransformation#weightlossinspiration#greatestloser2016#womanoftheyear2016#missslinky#losthalfmybodyweight#weightlossblogger#weightlosstip#thisgirlcan#missslinky2016

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But what’s even more important is that

“I honestly can’t believe all of the amazing things that have happened to me since I first joined Slimming World,” she says. “I reached my target weight just over a year after joining, and just before Christmas Luke asked me to marry him at Harry Potter Studios in London (I love Harry Potter)! It was such an incredible feeling to be able to say ‘Yes!’ without even a second thought about my weight, and I can’t wait to go dress shopping.”

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#facetofacefriday Left – June 2015 😟 Right – September 2016 😬 One term that I've focussed on a lot is 'wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction'. After years of being a comfort eater I still have urges to go back to that habit. When you're at target you don't magically have full control and no problems. I had a late night last night doing work, I was up until 3am. I wanted to go into my syn stash and eat 234 Dairy Milk Mint Crisp bars, and a packet of mint Oreos! What did I do?! Utilised my second B choice for 2 chocolate hifi lights and had a coffee. I had planned to have a syn free day and in all honesty would a bar of chocolate done some work for me? Would it have alleviated stress? Maybe it would make me feel better for 10 minutes but after years of comfort eating there's one thing I KNOW for a fact; I would have felt worse once I'd eaten it! I feel a million times better knowing I resisted and satisfied my craving in another way. I went to bed satisfied having a syn free day as planned, and I've woken up proud of myself and more determined knowing I CAN resist. 💪 I never used to believe I could resist food. My syn stash is HUGE! I used to be a 'can't have it in the house' person. Now I have it all here, every indulgent food I love because if I really need it, it is there. Rendering myself unable to have it in my house would be admitting defeat, I didn't want that, I wanted normality and I wanted to be able to resist. I'm still so proud when I am capable of that. 😬💪 Changing yourself and regaining control is all about gaining willpower. We all cave sometimes and use food as a comfort, you've all seen me have unplanned flexi syn days. As long as I remain in control and a count every syn, even if it is over 100 for one day (as I have done!), I know what I have done. No more mindless, unmonitored comfort eating binges. I had to remove that from my life to gain a healthy relationship with food. ✨ Changing your mentality is the hard part but it is what brings you not only the weight loss, but a healthy body and mind for life; difficult but doable. WILLPOWER IS LIKE A MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU USE IT THE STRONGER IT GETS! ❣️ #slimmingworld

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One more perk of her new body? Ginley says she now believes in herself more than ever. And even better, she believes she can do all the things that she sets her mind too. Not too bad for a few years’ work!

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Hi Insta people 💖 I am posting to just say forgive me being quiet/absent over the next few days. I'm fine but I had another funny turn this morning. Before last week I didn't think I could love Luke anymore but seriously he is my knight in shining armour at the moment. I couldn't get through anything without him. I had planned to get a shower with his help, as soon as I was on the shower seat I lost consciousness and he saved me, got me back to bed and sorted. I think I've been pushing myself too much the past couple of days. I'm now going to spend some more time lying down and really resting. My sleep has been really disturbed too so I need to make sure that I'm getting enough sleep. I'm back at the hospital on Tuesday morning for my check up so I'll probably catch up with you all after that. ❤ All of this is to be expected after major surgery and I would relive it all for the results. I still get sickly excited thinking of my results and I look forward to being fully healed, and and seeing my new belly in all its glory. I've just done too much against advice and I just need to switch off. ❤ I had planned to sort my giveaway and post today but it may have to be a big giveaway in the new year. I'm so happy with those companies who have agreed to contribute gifts. I promise a wonderful big giveaway in the new year. Have a lovely couple of days all. I'm great just need rest in mind and body. ❤ #slimmingworld#slimmingworlduk#iloveslimmingworld#foodoptimising#slimmingworldfood#slimmingworldmeals#targetmember#swtargetmember#slimmingworldtargetmember#postoprecovery#abdominoplasty#takingalittlebreak

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