Wedding days are special, especially for the bride, because they have this huge dream that everything should look perfect. And that’s what mostly happens, but, for some, it isn’t the case. Some brides spend hours at the gym trying to achieve their perfect body. And this is not the case for the 36-year old woman from Longhill, east Hull, UK, who ripped up her wedding pictures because, wearing a dress size 26, she thought herself too heavy.
Debbie explained to the media: “I weighed 26st and I walked into a bridal shop in Hull and they said, ‘We haven’t got nowt to fit you’. I came out of the shop and I sobbed my heart out.”
The future bride had visited the shop just eight weeks after she proposed to Mr Fussey over text in November 2008. They were planning their wedding for the following spring. That is when she first joined Slimming World – only to fall off track shortly after.
She couldn’t lose a lot of weight so she had to have someone make her dress. When Debbie Dyson-Fussey saw herself in the handmade dress, she realized how much she hated herself and destroyed her wedding album.
Months after her wedding day, Mrs Dyson-Fussey was hospitalized. She has had heat problems, but didn’t think it was that serious. Doctors warned the Morrisons Holderness Road checkout assistant that the extra weight would eventually kill her.
“I waited until I got better and when I came out I joined Slimming World again.”
But she couldn’t stick to the plan this time either. And the third time she joined Slimming World, it had better results, in August last year.
In nine months, Debbie managed to go from a size 26 to a size 14.
She claims to be happy now: “I can walk everywhere, I can do things now I couldn’t do before. I’m so much happier in myself too. Going from a size 26 to a size 14, I can wear the dresses and skirts I could never do before and I feel amazing, I’m not embarrassed anymore.”
Now, Debbie is planning to re-do the happy ceremony. Together with her partner they are renewing their vows in February next year. Debby explains to the media:
“I’m so looking forward to it – I can have my dream wedding now. It’s true what they say – hard work really does pay off.”