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Mum who shed 8st in nine months because she didn't want to be 'fat bride' reveals what she eats to stay in shape

Mirror logo Mirror 09/05/2018 Zoe Forsey

a woman smiling for the camera © Xercise4Less When Charlotte Peacock was looking ahead to her wedding, there was one thing which really worried her - she didn't want to be a "fat bride".

Nine months before her big day the mum-of-two, 26, decided it was now or never and started working to shift the pounds.

She said: "I felt self-conscious about my weight and was nicknamed 'Big C'. Although I laughed along, it really hurt.

"I used to eat up to 15 biscuits a day – two or three with each cup of tea. I realised I didn't want to be a fat bride."

She was 18st at her biggest (Image: Xercise4Less) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She was 18st at her biggest (Image: Xercise4Less) Charlotte, who lives in Rugby, joined her local Xercise4Less gym and completely changed her diet.

She was 18st at her biggest and soon started the notice the weight falling off.

When her wedding day finally arrived Charlotte was 8st lighter and five dress sizes smaller - and she looked stunning.

She looked stunning on her wedding day (Image: Xercise4Less) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She looked stunning on her wedding day (Image: Xercise4Less) She said: "I started off losing around two pounds a week, and people started to notice when I hit the 80kg mark. Everyone was really encouraging.

"I've always been the same, outgoing-ness wise, but I no longer felt embarrassed to be myself around everyone, other than just close friends."

Diet played a huge role in her transformation, and she's now shared a daily food plan to try and help others.

An average day BEFORE the change

  • Breakfast - Cereal - usually granola with milk
  • Lunch - Sandwich, meat and cheese with crisps and yogurt
  • Dinner - Freezer tapas, chicken kievs and chips
  • Snacks - Lots of biscuits

An average day AFTER the change

  • Breakfast - porridge with skimmed milk
  • Lunch - Weetabix with skimmed milk and a banana
  • Dinner - Something from the Hairy Bikers cookbook, normally about 600kcal
  • Snacks - A small amount of chocolate

Charlotte is now approaching her first wedding anniversary and she's set herself a new fitness challenge - an obstacle race.

She's completely changed her life (Image: Xercise4Less) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She's completely changed her life (Image: Xercise4Less) She said: "I've been trying to push myself with arm exercises and practicing the monkey bars so that I can give that sort of obstacle the best go.

"I will be focusing on it more with my personal trainer in a few weeks' time."

She now wants to encourage people to focus on themselves and not to compare themselves to others.

She said: "Don't give up. There may be days where you feel like nothing is happening, but it is.

"If you want a biscuit, have one, but don't eat the whole packet. Don't doubt yourself or compare yourself to others.

"Other people may have a thigh gap, or bingo wings only visible under a magnifying glass, but they had to start somewhere too!"

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