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Devon bride lost 8st after she became too big for her bridal gown

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

  • Vicky Jennings on her wedding day with her husband Dom

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A bride was so ashamed of her size on her big day she lost half her weight in the first year of married life.

Blushing Vicky Jennings squeezed herself into a size 20 dress for her wedding to husband Dom.

In the weeks leading up to the ceremony she had regular fittings to make sure the dress would fit - and needed an extra two inches let out just days beforehand.

The 27 year-old eventually walked down the aisle weighing more than 16 stone thanks to a diet of takeaways and frozen food.

Within a month she had added another stone - and then saw her official photos from her wedding.

She was so embarrassed she decided it was time to get in shape.

Vicky, from Newton Abbott, Devon, joined a local slimming world group and lost half a stone in her first week.

Now one year on, she has gone from 16.1 stone to just eight stone - meaning she has lost more than half her body weight.

She said: "It was the week before my wedding, I went for a final dress fitting. There were about 6-8 weeks between all of the fittings and up until that point it had fit fine.

"On the final fitting the zip just wouldn't do up, I had to have it taken out an inch either side, so two inches in total.

"The dress was a size 20, which annoyed me anyway - I did not believe that I was that size at all.

"When they had to let the dress out it was absolutely horrifying. I was mortified It was the last thing I needed.

"At first I started scoffing to make myself feel better but then I put my foot down and decided it was time to lose weight."

Mother-of-two Vicky piled on the weigh eating up to five takeaways a week and drank up to five cans of full fat coke a day.

She said: "I was never really big as a child or anything. The weight piled on as I was with my now-husband.

"We just became so comfortable that neither of us really thought about what we were eating - we didn't really care.

"The problem was that we didn't really cook at home. It just got to the point where we would rely on frozen meals and take aways.

"We'd probably have five takeaways a week. My favourite were donner kebabs. I'd have one a week.

"I also lived on full fat coke. I'd have four or five cans of it a day. I just didn't realise how bad for you it was."

Vicky's confidence was at rock bottom after having her size 20 wedding dress taken out, and seeing unflattering pictures of herself on her special day.

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