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Lucie beats the bullies after amazing 140lbs weight loss
Lucie Hadley, 21, has lost 140lbs and halved her body weight
She was so badly bullied at school because of her size that she moved class several times
Lucie decided to join Slimming World two years ago after feeling like her life was passing her by because of her weight – and now she’s ready to take on the world
A young woman who lost 140lbs to pick up a national slimming award is proving her childhood bullies wrong by becoming the confident, fit and healthy person she always wanted to be.
Lucie Hadley, 21, struggled with her weight since childhood and was so relentlessly bullied at school that she was forced to move classes several times. Now 140lbs lighter, Lucie has the confidence to take on the world.
The school employee, who lives in Peterborough, England, with her parents and her boyfriend, says: “When I was at school barely a day would go by when people wouldn’t mention my weight. School life was very upsetting for me and I moved classes many times because of bullying. I lost count of the amount of times I would go home early pretending to be sick because of the cruel things people used to say. I remember once someone threw food at me in the school cafeteria and made the remark ‘she’ll eat it, she eats everything’. They just made me feel worthless.
“Gym classes were the worst – I’d try to convince my mom to write me a note so I didn’t have to change in front of people and I was terrified of doing physical activities like a fitness test. Sometimes I’d just hide in the locker rooms and cry. My confidence at that time was rock bottom and the bullying just made everything worse.”
When I look at the person in the mirror now, I feel full of pride for what I’ve achieved. I’ve created a healthier and happier future for myself and most importantly, I haven’t let the bullies win. I might have let my teenage years pass me by, but now I’m determined to grab life with both hands.
Even away from school, Lucie found that her weight struggles were dominating her life. She says: “My mom and sister were always going on girly shopping trips, but they were just a living nightmare for me. Most young people would have loved going out and getting new clothes – not me. I couldn’t fit into anything the trendy stores had to offer so I’d always end up in tears and empty handed on the way home. Even my school uniform had to be specially made because the biggest size they had wouldn’t fit me.
“I missed out on so much because I felt insecure about my size. I hated getting glammed up for nights out and even on nights in my weight was always on my mind. I remember going to a sleepover with my friends and cutting the labels out of my clothes in case anyone picked them up by mistake and spotted what size I was.
“I met my boyfriend Sam when I was at my biggest and he always told me that I was beautiful, but I just couldn’t see it for myself. One night I was talking to Sam and I realized that by worrying about my weight I’d lost out on all of my fun, spontaneous teenage years. I’d already spent my childhood feeling miserable about my weight and now I was heading into adulthood feeling the same way. It was a bit of a lightbulb moment and I knew something had to change.”
Lucie’s mom had recently joined Slimming World and encouraged her to join too. She says: “Mom seemed to be getting along well at Slimming World and the food she was eating looked delicious so after a bit of persuading I decided to join her.”
After learning about Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan Lucie stocked her cupboards with Free Food such as pasta, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, eggs and more. She says: “Of course I was worried that I’d be hungry all the time – yet I actually found that I could still eat many of my favorite foods. I’d always known how to cook and I learnt that I just had to prepare meals differently, using low-calorie cooking spray and trimming all the fat off meat. As a family we enjoyed spaghetti Bolognese, full English breakfasts and spicy curries which tasted so good I couldn’t believe that they were helping me to lose weight. In that first week I lost 5lbs and that was when I realized I could really do this. From there on there was no stopping me!”
Within 14 months of joining Slimming World Lucie was 140lbs lighter and had discovered a brand-new zest for life. She says: “My whole attitude is just so different now – week by week my confidence just grew and grew. I work at a school for children with learning difficulties and these days I feel like I can offer them so much more. Before I lost the weight my knees and back would ache so much and even getting down on the floor to play with them was a struggle. Now I’ve got bags of energy and I feel like I can do anything!
“As I lost weight I also unearthed a passion for working out, which is something I never thought would happen. I’ve gone from someone who would sob in the locker rooms to someone who goes to the gym as a hobby and to me that’s just incredible. The tears and misery are a thing of the past now too, it’s me who’s dragging my mom and sister shopping!
“Sam and I recently went on our first vacation together and for the first time in my life I finally felt like a young woman who was just enjoying herself and living in the moment. I even wore a bikini for the first time ever, which is something I used to dream of. When I look at the person in the mirror now, I feel full of pride for what I’ve achieved. I’ve created a healthier and happier future for myself and most importantly, I haven’t let the bullies win. I might have let my teenage years pass me by, but now I’m determined to grab life with both hands.”
Name: Lucie Hadley
Starting weight: 269lbs/122kg/19st 3lbs
Current weight: 129lbs/58kg/9st 3lbs
Weight loss: 140lbs/64kg/10st
Starting dress size: 26/28
Current dress size: 12
Date joined Slimming World: 11th May 2017
Breakfast: Full English breakfast with fried eggs, bacon, sausages and bread
Mid-morning: Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, party sausages
Lunch: Shop-bought sandwich with chips and soda
Mid-afternoon: Pastry or cake
Dinner: Delivery pizza with a burger, chicken wings and fries
Evening: Share-size bag of candy, pick and mix candy
Breakfast: Slimming World-style English breakfast with low-fat sausages, lean bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans
Lunch: Homemade pasta salad
Mid-afternoon: Cucumber or veggie sticks, homemade scotch egg
Dinner: Home-made ‘fakeaway’ such as a Chinese dish, curry or pizza with Slimming World fries
Evening: Fruit, jell-O