Lynsey weighed 17 stone when she was humiliated at a music festival… now she looks unrecognisable


Lynsey Blackshaw weighed 17 stone when she broke a camping chair whilst at a music festival with friends.

The 29-year-old secondary school teacher’s diet consisted of fast-food, sweet treats and pints of beer.

She could easily see off an entire sharing pack of Cadbury’s chocolate bars, and regularly consumed more than 3,000 calories a day.

Lyndsey had been at the V Festival with pals in August 2015, when the humiliating incident occurred.

She decided to take drastic action after the camping chair she sat on broke under her weight.



Lynsey weighed 17 stone before joining Slimming World

Since joining Slimming World, Lynsey has shed seven stone and six dress sizes.

She now runs 10km three times a week and has swapped takeaway and chocolate for vegetables, fish and rice.

Lyndsey has even had to spend hundreds of pounds having her size 22 wedding dress taken in to fit her new slim size 10 frame.

The mum-of-one, from North Wales said: “When I broke the camping chair my friends were really nice and said it had bad reviews.

“But I knew it was because I was so big. I was 17 stone and looked awful in every picture from the festival.

“I came back on a Monday and joined the local Slimming World group on the Wednesday.



Lyndsey has had to spend hundreds of pounds having her size 22 wedding dress taken in to fit her new slim size 10 frame

“When I went to try on my wedding dress that month I asked for a smaller one because I told them I had joined a slimming group.

“They said ‘everyone says that’.”

But six months later, by January, Lynsey had lost three-and-a-half stone and was way too slim for the dress she had picked out.

“In February I went to try it on and they said I could still wear that dress but would have to pay a lot of money to alter it,” she said.

“In the end the alterations were £400 but it was worth it.”

Lynsey says she has completely changed her life and her habits since deciding to begin her weight loss journey five years ago.



Lynsey lost seven stone and six dress sizes

“I used to eat a large sharer bag of chocolate every day which was meant for at least two people,” she said.

“At university in Manchester I was surrounded by takeaways and used to have one every night. I never used to cook and didn’t know how to use the oven.

“Now I do all my cooking from scratch and use recipe books to mix things up. I still eat carbs like rice and potatoes and I love pasta – I eat a lot of it.

“I don’t cut anything out. I wouldn’t want to deprive myself of chocolate, I just have less.”

On a typical day, Lynsey will have two for bananas for breakfast and two cereal bars for a late morning snack.

Lunch is usually a pasta dish with two apples in the afternoon, and for dinner she has fish or chicken with vegetables.



Lynsey spent £400 taking in her wedding dress

Her weight loss has now inspired her new husband, Liam Blackshaw, 32, an electrical engineer, to diet and lose two stone himself

Lynsey added: “It is not about cutting out certain foods. It’s about eating better and doing more exercise.

“Before I didn’t do anything at all and the only exercise I got was walking between classrooms. Now I run 10km three times a week in about an hour.

“Since losing the weight I had to get a whole new wardrobe of clothes, but that was fine because I loved that.

“A lot of people said I looked amazing and all of my friends were so pleased for me.”

Lynsey has now been taken on as a Slimming World consultant and is helping others to lose weight.

She added: “I show people the pictures of how I was before and they can’t believe it’s me. They say it’s inspiring.

“It felt so good being that weight for the wedding because for some people it was the first time they had seen me like that.”



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