Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2017: Bride-to-be halves body weight in just a year

A 26-year-old woman shed an incredible 10 stone in a year, reaching her goal weight for her wedding AND becoming Slimming World

‘s Miss Slinky 2017.

Jennifer Ginley was shocked when she looked at holiday snaps of herself at Disney Land, turning what should have been a dream trip into an upsetting realisation.

Standing at 5’5 and weighing 19 stone and 4lbs, Jennifers weight had become a problem for her but it wasn’t until her trip away that she realised how much of an issue it was.

#throwbackthursday My summer holidays exactly one year apart. β˜€οΈ 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!! πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ˜” 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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Jennifer opened up to the Daily Mail about having to use a belt extender on the plane journey and how a fun task like shopping for her once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Florida turned into a nightmare.

‘When I found myself buying size 26 clothes for the holiday I’d been looking forward to for so long, I knew something had to change.’

‘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.’

But it was when she saw a picture of herself that she didn’t like, that she knew she had to change her lifestyle habits.

‘One picture of me with the Little Mermaid, my favourite 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.’

That’s when Jennifer’s inspirational story began, she started Slimming World in May 2015 and went on to lose 10 stone for her wedding.

#mondaymotivation The left 'before' picture came up on Facebook memories yesterday, that was me exactly 2 years ago. Just under 4 months before I joined @slimmingworld for the final time. I was in a Chinese restaurant with my sister and friends. I was really shocked when I seen it. I have lotssss of before pictures because my weight never made me shy away from the camera but I would hide my torso when I could. A side picture really shows my size. As you can see my belly is literally touching the table, it used to touch my steering wheel when driving too. I carried probably 4 stone plus around my torso I'd say. When I look back I remember those moments, that little internal moment of dread in my mind. I would literally dread seeing the photo. πŸ˜” I truly didn't like how I was living, I weren't happy overweight at all. Food controlled me and I thought I was so in love with it, I could never change. And what happened?! My love for food remained and I got to target. You see I used to think food to love was the worst type only. That night I would have ordered a couple of starters, a meal with chips, fried rice, soft noodles and I would have had a dessert. I've eaten at that same resteraunt a few times since and food optimised my way through, enjoying myself MORE as I didn't leave feeling sick from too much food or regretful from my choices, I left feeling full and proud. I have changed my attitude. No matter what change we try to achieve in life, if we are negative we're our own worst enemy. You cannot look at your salad, vegetables and fruit etc. and think 'diet' food and other negative stuff. Get your mind in a better place and you'll truly enjoy every day. Now I look at my food and feel so proud of how nutritious it is and how much goodness I'm giving my body. That's when the weight falls off, it is minimal effort with a positive mindset. The most amazing thing with @slimmingworld is that I lost all that weight whilst eating out, having indulgences and living life to the max. I became a more social and positive person ever day. Food no longer controls me! I live in true contentment 🌈 WILLPOWER IS LIKE A MUSCLE, THE MORE YOU USE IT THE STRONGER IT GETS πŸ’ͺ

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‘Before Slimming World I wouldn’t eat any breakfast or prepare any lunch or snacks for work, so I always found myself eating whatever I could lay my hands on, shop-bought sandwiches, packet noodles, chip shop meals.

‘My sister and I used to bond over eating really unhealthily, we would go out for indulgent meals, have takeaways together and eat junk food almost as a hobby.’

Despite having been with her boyfriend for over 11 years, Jennifer discouraged her boyfriend from proposing because she didn’t want to be a bride at the size she was.

‘I reached my target weight just over a year after joining Slimming World and just before Christmas Luke asked me to marry him!

‘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.’

Today I can share with you two pieces of information that I have been wanting to shout from the rooftops!! What I'm about to type is real life – it is still alllllll a little bit too dream like for me, I hope you can digest it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ˜†πŸ˜ πŸ¦‹ I am the March/April 2017 @slimmingworld Magazine COVER GIRL πŸ—žπŸŽ‰πŸ˜† πŸ¦‹ I am @slimmingworld's NATIONAL MISS SLINKY 2017 πŸ’ƒπŸŽ‰πŸ˜† I AM ACTUALLY LIVING MY WILDEST DREAMS! Imagine telling me just over 18 months ago that this would be my life?! I have DREAMED of being on the cover of that magazine for longer than you could imagine! I am on the COVER of the UK's no 1 selling slimming magazine!! I am going to walk into group and shops and see me, ME, on the COVER of a magazine I have been obsessed with for many years!!! 😩❀😭 To have an organisation that completely handed me my life and happiness back, honour ME with a national title is indescribable. No words explain how excited I am for the year ahead and all the opportunities my title will bring. To say I am looking forward to being a @slimmingworld ambassador is the world's biggest understatement. I pored my heart and soul into that national entry. The fact that the powers that be at SW HQ read it, felt my passion and were amazed by my transformation means SO much to me. Feel free to refer to me as Miss Slinky for the rest of this year! β€πŸŽ‰ 2016 was THE best year of my life for so many reasons and I feel like 2017 is going to give it a run for its money! We're not even a month in and the joy I feel is beyond words. 🌈 Little old me has woken up in the biggest suite in the Ritz hotel this morning after the most surreal day yesterday, preparing for today with wonderful people. In May 2015 I said to my consultant, I am going to lose 9 stone this coming year and I'm going to be on the cover of that magazine. VISUALISE your dreams, work towards them worrying about only the day ahead of you. One day at a time you can truly change your life for good. ⭐️ There are NO words that express how I feel right now! Thank you to every single one of my followers that have believed in, encouraged and supported me these past 18 months. I hope you're happy with your new Miss Slinky and Cover Girl ❀

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To add to her happy news, Jennifer was named Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2017 and has gained social media success with over 109k Instagram followers, inspiring others to feel healthier and happier.

Now 9 stone and 9lbs, Jennifer wears a size 8-10 and ensures she meal preps for week withΒ Slimming World recipes, having a breakfast of porridge and fresh fruit and dinners such as chicken stir fry and spaghetti bolognese.