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Weddings are the most awaited and exciting event in one's life. With weddings, come the preparations that go for days, sometimes even months!
Here, Sara Prince, from Caerphilly, South Whales, weighed 20 stones on her first wedding in 2000. She, along with her sister, Amanda decided to have a joint ceremony. She felt ashamed of walking down the aisle with her sister who was size 8, in that joint ceremony. Later, in 2012, she underwent Gastric Band Treatment in Spain to reduce extra pounds. Absolutely surprising part is, she lost more than half her body weight and remarried in July 2015.
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The thought of vigorously losing her weight struck her during 2009 New Year Eve's Themed Party.
Over the Christmas break, Sarah piled up, even more, calories. And many of her friends at the party were astonished to see her blown up figure. That night she made one most important resolution of her life and ever since then, no looking back. She said: 'I know most brides slim down for their wedding but for me, the pre-wedding stress just led me to the nearest bakery. I remember going via Greggs for a pasty, a chocolate bar and a slice of cake, on the way to a dress fitting. It was typical of the lies I told myself to justify my size. I'd tried to diet over the years. I'd joined gyms and announced to family and friends numerous times that I was overhauling my lifestyle, but diets never lasted. Gym memberships gathered dust.' Her elder sister, Amanda (38) over the years has tried to encourage Sarah to diet, but all those time she turned deaf ears to her advice. Sarah recalled: 'I wasn't ready to hear it. Amanda was the only person who could tell me I needed to lose weight, but I didn't listen. I was the kind of woman who skipped breakfast. I'd nip out of the office mid-morning in search of chocolate and a fizzy drink.'
She states before even she thought of diet, "Lunch was a pastry and a slice of cake. Dinner was a lasagne smothered in cheese, and while it was cooking I'd pick at the block of cheese until there was none left. Before bed, I'd wolf down a sandwich. In 2000, when Sarah's sister, Amanda was also engaged and planning on marriage, a thought of joint ceremony struck them! Sarah didn't even let herself think how she would look next to her size 8 sister. She cherished her size and her shape. Sarah said: "I had always dressed in brash, big clothes and my wedding dress was no exception. Knowing I couldn't compete with Amanda in the style stakes, I decided to go for a huge medieval inspired number. But even I was amazed at how much material there was when I carried it back to the car, arms outstretched. With Sarah's size 24 dress packed next to Amanda's size eight gown."
Sarah said: 'If I'd worried all eyes would be on Amanda's natural beauty, I soon realised all eyes would be on me, but for all the wrong reasons. As the ceremony began, people gawked at how big I was. I told myself the widened eyes were complimentary. Even when Lee's mate joked: "Who are you marrying, Henry the Eighth?" I laughed it off as I'd laughed off so many cruel comments over the years.' Sarah had managed to dismiss such rude comments, she focussed on her love for Lee and she was happy to marry him. Later, they settled well in their married life. "Dinner consisted of double portions of Indian takeaway," said Sarah. "Amanda would tell me I was gasping for breath and needed help, but I'd just cut her out of my life for a few months whenever she tried to reason with me. Sometimes. she would've 3 puddings a day. On Christmas Day, I had a fry up in the morning, the full Christmas dinner for lunch, and spent all day drinking sugary mulled wine and eating chocolate. It was no wonder I was in pain, my stomach felt like it was going to burst." In early January, she was flicking through a magazine when she found an article about gastric mind band treatment. She said: "It was hypnosis that could trick your brain into thinking you'd had a gastric band, without the risk and at just 1000 euros, a fraction of the cost too."
"'It sounded perfect because I not only couldn't afford a real gastric band, I was scared of the idea too." With Lee's encouragement, Sarah signed up the nearest available course. Each session taught her how much proportion of food she should intake, and how they were linked to her emotional state. During the hypnosis session, she was made to imagine her stomach shrinking. And then, she'd to believe it's going to work and-and it did work out, successfully! She laughingly recalls, "I visualised my large, existing stomach as a heavy melon, then my new stomach as a little golf ball. While Lee and the kids ordered pizza in the hotel restaurant, I opted for soup. I wanted to eat smaller portions, less often." As her session neared the end, she was handed a golf ball which was supposed to be placed next to her dining plate, so as to stop her from binge eating. She said: "It might sound silly, but having that golf ball in front of me really focused my mind. I didn't want to overeat."
Sarah started the liquid intakes like introducing yoghurts, and then gradually salads. Within nine months she felt a huge difference in her weight, from 7st in 2011 to 9st 7lbs. Sarah said: "I ate a diet rich in chicken and vegetables, never stepping foot in my local takeaway. I started going to the gym four times a week, combining resistance training with cardio. It was a pivotal moment the first time Amanda lent me some clothes. We were the same size for the first time in our adult lives!" It was the happiest moment in her life. She says, "People smiled and held doors open for me! Waiters didn't look at me like they were expecting me to order everything on the menu. Kids didn't point at me. I didn't have to worry that my chair was going to break. I was free." She felt the change in herself as well as around her. That was literally what was happening in her life. Eventually, Adam and Sarah married in July 2015 at De Courceys Manor in Cardiff. "Going to that party as a fat Christmas angel turned out to be the best decision I ever made!"