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To say that 26-year-old Jennifer Ginley’s life has changed dramatically would be an understatement. And that’s because the self-dubbed “serial failed-dieter,” who says that in the past she had to ask for a seatbelt extender on a plane, managed to lose an incredible 147 pounds of her 5-foot-4-inch frame.
Photos taken on a family holiday in Florida in 2015 spurred Ginley on to embark on her weight-loss journey. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
According to the Daily Mail, after finishing high school as a “fairly average-sized” 18-year-old, Ginley says her time living away from home at Manchester University in the U.K. saw her gain so much weight she found herself crying over the fact that she “looked so unhealthy.” Not only that but looking at photos taking on a family holiday to the U.S. made Ginley see herself in a whole new light.
“One picture of me with the Little Mermaid, my favorite Disney character, actually made me gasp,” she remembers. It was this realization — and the fact that she felt she had to tell her partner of 11 years not to propose to her until she got her health on track — that was the catalyst for Ginley to adjust her lifestyle.
So, in May 2015, Ginley went to Slimming World meeting in Liverpool in the U.K. — and that is the day her life changed forever.
Slimming down, according to Ginley, has had a profound impact on her mental frame of mind. (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
"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,” she says.
Now she eats more regular meals, including fruit, stir-fries, crust-less quiche, and even chocolate! Leaving her former 269-pound frame in the past, Ginley says she feels like feel “a butterfly, emerging from my cocoon.”
Before you embark on any kind of weight-loss journey, be sure to consult a trusted doctor first.
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