Every woman wants to look their best for wedding pictures. Hollie Tap, 30, from Northern England, was no different. As a busy mother of three sons, it was so difficult for her to control her weight and was wearing a size 18.
After getting engaged to her boyfriend of 10 years in 2013, she was determined to slim down before walking down the aisle. But she wasn't the only one. Her best friends Sarah Lillington, 33, and Steph Rouse, 28, also had losing weight in mind for that same special event--except Hollie had no idea.
"I would never have asked Sarah and Steph to lose weight for my wedding, I loved them however they came. So I didn't even tell them I was dieting at first. I knew I wanted to lose weight and that was all I focused on," Hollie told Mirror.co.uk.
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It was when they saw each other in December 2014, that they found out they were all aiming for the same thing. "We talked about how the hardest part of dieting was feeling like you were all alone," said Hollie. "Then we realized there was strength in numbers."
The three friends came up with a way to support each other in their journey to a healthier weight. They used WhatsApp, a group messaging app, which allowed them to stay in constant contact. They'd share healthy recipes and motivate each other whenever they felt like grabbing a not-so-healthy snack. It also provided some friendly competition between them. "I found myself wanting to be good if my friends were," said Hollie.
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"It was great because we all had the same goal, which was Hollie's wedding," Sarah said. Before Hollie got engaged, Steph was a size 22 and Sarah was a size 16. After dropping processed food and walking everywhere, Hollie started seeing the numbers on the scale go down. And Sarah became an avid runner and signed up for fitness classes at the gym. Each had her own workout regimen which was especially successful because they had each other's support.
On the day of her wedding, Hollie slipped into a beautiful size 12 gown, as did Steph, and Sarah made it into a size 10.
Don't they look incredible?
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