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Stacey Gandy
Slimmer of the Year 2009 - SPECIAL AWARD WINNER
Stacey says....

For as long as I can remember I have had a weight problem. I have been bullied throughout my life because of my weight. The kids would pinch my cheeks and call me “chubby cheeks” and “fat pants”. I used to go home in tears. The way I was treated completely destroyed any confidence I had. I became quiet and withdrawn. No-one wanted to sit by me at school. PE was also difficult as no-one wanted me on their team as I was the fat one and not good enough and was always left until last.

As I got older the bullying got worse, girls used to steal my clothes to see what size I was. I was so ashamed of my size I used to cut all the labels out of my clothes. I was so overweight I had no energy, even walking upstairs left me breathless. I was always last in every race and a complete failure in any physical activity. Again the children would laugh a me and say “here comes fatty slow-coach, last again.” This totally put e off PE and just the thought of the approaching lessons made me feel ill.

When I started secondary school I thought it would be a fresh start, new people I had not met before – life was bound to get better. WRONG. I was still left our of everything anmd the bullying got progressively worse. I have had plastic bottles thrown at my head, I have been pushed downstairs at school and one of the worst incidents is when a boy called me a “fat bitch” and then spat all over my coat. This was the worst day of my life – I felt so unhappy and it just made me want to eat even more.

No fashionable clothes would fit me, I had to get all my clothes from Evans or Bon Marche. Every time I went shopping I seemed to need a bigger size. At the age of 10 I was wearing ladies clothes because that is all that would fit. At my biggest I was wearing a size 20/22.

I couldn’t get a proper school uniform and for the first 2 years at secondary school I didn’t have a school jumper because they didn’t make them big enough to fit me.

The fatter I got the more depressed I felt. I knew I had to do something about my weight as I did not like myself and could not continue to suffer the abuse I received at school. I used to cry myself to sleep at night – it was absolutely unbearable.

I knew my Nan attended Weightcare and one week I asked if I could go with her. I went along to the class and everyone was really friendly and made me feel welcome. The Consultant was very helpful and told me what I needed to be eating, and how much, to help me lose weight. I had never stepped on any scales before as I didn’t want to know what I weighed. I was devastated when I got on for the first time at Weightcare to discover at aged 14 I weighed 14 stones 5lbs. I could not believe I was so overweight.

I decided to give the diet a real go as I knew this was the only chance I had to turn my life around, I didn’t know what else to do. I was fed up being miserable and being alienated by everyone. I totally changed my eating pattern and ate more fruit and vegetables and cut out junk food. I have attended the Weightcare class ever since. I did not tell anyone I was trying to lose weight, only my family knew, I felt so ashamed and didn’t want anyone else to know. I now receive positive comments from the kids at school who have noticed the weight I have lost. I LOVE Weightcare it has really helped me and is one of the best things I have ever done. I would recommend Weightcare to anyone, it has completely transformed my life.

I have now reached my Target weight and I cannot believe how great I feel. I feel healthy and I love to go shopping! I can take part in activities at school that I would never have dreamed of before – I have been rock climbing and kick boxing and I actually enjoy PE! Losing my weight even gave me the confidence to apply and obtain the role of Prefect at school and I now help other children that have been bullied.
 
 
 
 
Total Weight Loss: 3 stones 7lbs
Total Inch Loss: 29
Height: 5' 0
Slimming Plan: Low Fat
 
 
 
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