Beautiful law graduate loses half body weight – now pole dancer and dating for first time

A beautiful law graduate who weighed 18 STONE has lost almost half her body weight – now she’s a pole dancer and dating for the first time.

Stacie Nicholls, 24, used to weigh 18 stone, losing 7 stones in 18 months

Stacie Nicholls, 24, used to weigh 18 stone, losing 7 stones in 18 months

Stacie Nicholls, 24, from Nottingham, weighed 18st 12lbs just 18 months ago, but after years of battling with depression and anxiety she embarked on a weight loss mission – ditching sugary snacks for healthy alternatives.

The law graduate was fed up of feeling uncomfortable in clothes – but in January 2014 she joined Weight Watchers and transformed her life.

Stacie has since lost an amazing seven and a half stone and has now reached her goal weight of 11st 8lbs.

Her new body has given her the confidence to date for the first time and now she’s taken up pole dancing.

Stacie, a legal advisor, said: “I was battling with severe depression and I would comfort eat.

Stacie in middle looking happy and healthy. On either side show her pre-weight loss

Stacie in middle looking happy and healthy. On either side, old pictures show her pre-weight loss

“I had always felt bigger than other girls my age but when I got to university, I started eating more.

“I would eat unhealthy snacks such as sugary cereal, bags of chocolate and fizzy drinks.

“I signed up to Weight Watchers in January 2014, I lost about 10lbs a month and now I’ve finally reached my goal.

“For the first time in my life I feel confident enough to start dating and about a month ago I started pole dancing.

“I’m so proud of how much I’ve overcome, in particular I was very depressed and even wanted to end my life.

“I go to the gym twice a week and now I eat everything from fresh and no processed food at all.”

Stacie Nicholls, 24, used to weigh 18 stone, losing 7 stones in 18 months. Posed with a dress that used to fit, but is now too big

Stacie Nicholls, 24, used to weigh 18 stone, losing 7 stones in 18 months. Posed with a dress that used to fit, but is now too big

Stacie first started Weight Watchers when she was 22-years-old and after two previous failed attempts, she was determined this time she needed to stick to the plan.

She added: “I was too embarrassed to leave the house, my depression had left me feeling worthless.

“I very rarely went out with friends at university and I would cry when I looked in the mirror.

“I wasted my entire university experience and I will never get that time back.

“After I graduated I didn’t even have the confidence to apply for jobs in the legal profession as I thought they wouldn’t take me seriously.

“I was also worried that I couldn’t find a suit to fit. I was looking at getting one specially made just for interviews.”

Stacie prior to her amazing weight loss

Stacie prior to her amazing weight loss

The final straw for Stacie was after New Year’s Eve in 2013 – she had spent another year alone while her friends went to a party to celebrate the start of 2014 – she needed to start living and knew losing weight would help her feel happier.

Stacie said: “I had wasted another New Year hiding away, I wasn’t living, I was merely existing.

“As I lost the weight my confidence grew and I got a new job in the legal sector and was no longer sat in a call centre wasting my degree.”

After Stacie’s staggering weight loss, she decided to join a pole dancing group and attends classes twice a week.

She said: “I would never of joined anything social when I was overweight, I would have been terrified.

“Pole dancing is amazing, I have learnt so much in such a short period of time but because I always loved dancing, I knew it would be something I would enjoy.

Stacey now takes part in pole dancing lessons

Stacey now takes part in pole dancing lessons

“My confidence was so low after years of playground bullies calling me ‘thunder thighs’ but now I finally feel happy in my own skin, I’ve overcome my depression and I’m looking forward to the future.

“I’m also dating for the first time which is scary but I’m really enjoying it.”

Looking back on her weight loss journey Stacie can hardly believe how far she’s come.

She added: I was a size 20 when I started but now I’m a size 8-10, it feels amazing to shop in high street shops and wear clothes I actually like not those that just fit.

“I hope my story inspires other women to keep losing weight, Weight Watchers has transformed my life, I love cooking now and I finally have my future to look forward to.”