Bride sheds six stone - after she sees tubby self on wedding cake

6 January 2014  A BRIDE shed six stone after seeing her herself as a tubby figurine on her wedding cake.
Valerie McLean, 25, vowed to slim down from 17 stone when she saw her likeness in marzipan bulging out of a white dress.
“I’d been big for most of my life and planning my wedding was another painful reminder," said Valerie, an IT manager from Glasgow.
“The fat little cake topper just summed me up.
“I even grew between picking my wedding dress and picking it up. I was a size 16, but by the time I got the dress I’d become a size 18.
“I just couldn’t get into it and burst into tears. I didn’t realise I’d let my weight get so bad and thought I would look back on my wedding photographs in shame.”
The shop ordered a replacement dress and the wedding went ahead in May 2012.
“I pushed my weight worries to the back of my mind and made it a wonderful day,” she added.
Valerie joined Slimming World after a pal lost half a stone in two weeks.
The newlywed was shocked to discover she tipped the scales at 17 stone and was on track to develop health problems like diabetes.
“I was stunned and vowed to reach a healthy weight as soon as possible.”
Using her club’s eating plan she reached 10-and-a-half-stone last week and has just five more pounds to shed to achieve her dream weight.
Part of her success was a stray dog, Evan, which she and husband Grant, 32, gave a home to after seeing him at the Dogs Trust charity.
She calls him her “calorie burner” as he is walked three times daily.
As the weight fell off, old friends struggled to recognise her — with one even thinking Grant had a new woman.
“We picked up one of his friends to go to football training and he called Grant to ask who his new girl was,” Valerie smiled.
She now has her own weight loss class.
“I realise how miserable people feel when nothing fits but dull shapeless clothes,” she added. “Trendy fashion stores didn’t stock my size.”
“I’m on a mission to help others lose unwanted and unhealthy stones.”
Her classes are on Tuesday evenings in the Swallow Hotel on Paisley Road West, Glasgow.