‘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.
‘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.’
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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 with Slimming World recipes, having a breakfast of porridge and fresh fruit and dinners such as chicken stir fry and spaghetti bolognese.