Takeaway addict sheds seven stone after setting her mobile screensaver to unflattering pic of herself – to stop her ringing for a takeaway
A takeaway addict has shed a staggering seven stone after fat-shaming herself – by using an unflattering picture of herself as her phone screensaver to stop her calling for takeaways.
Chelsea Stevens, 25, from Yardley, Birmingham, gorged on pizza and fried chicken until she reached a shocking 20 stone.
She had piled on the pounds after giving birth to her son, Aries, now three, but was determined to be a healthy and active parent.
In October 2013, Chelsea took a ‘fat-shaming’ photo revealing her size 24 stomach and set it as her mobile phone screensaver to encourage her to give up her favourite unhealthy snacks.
Every time she craved unhealthy foods she would look at the picture as a shocking deterrent.
The college student also started the Cambridge Weight Plan, which replaces meals with milkshakes, and has since dropped to 13 stone.
Chelsea, now a slim size 14, said: “I loved eating fast food every day and I was addicted to crusty bread smothered in butter but didn’t realise how fat I was until it was too late.
“I’d get food delivered straight to my doorstep so I wouldn’t even need to leave the house.
“I used to look at myself in the mirror and feel disgusted with what I saw but I couldn’t help but eat huge portions.
“When I posed up for the fat shaming picture I made sure my top was tied-up and that I could see how fat I was.
“I knew that looking at such a disgusting picture of myself every time I picked up my phone would stop me from ordering takeaways and give me the courage to lose weight.
“Living off a healthier diet was really hard to stick to but having the photograph as an inspiration helped to keep me on the right track.
“Now I feel so much more attractive and look amazing, a lot of my friends cried after they saw my transformation.”
Chelsea’s weight loss mission started in October 2013 after she was asked to move to a large seat on a rollercoaster.
The embarrassment of being too big for a normal seat made her realise she needed to shed pounds after weighing in at 20 stone.
She said: “When I received a tap on the shoulder asking me to move to a larger seat I was really horrified.
“Rollercoasters are one of my favourite things and so the thought of not being able to fit into the seat really shocked me.
“I knew I was overweight but I accepted that was what happened when you became a mum.
“Before I used to receive snide comments from strangers about my weight and hated that I had to buy such large clothing.
“All my clothes felt uncomfortable and tight, I was even struggling to walk as my thighs rubbed against one another.
“But after the rollercoaster incident I decided enough was enough and took the picture that revealed how obese I was.”
Chelsea tried using a fitness DVD to lose weight but then borrowed money off her nan to start the Cambridge Weight Plan she lost two stone in six weeks.
Using the picture on her phone as encouragement she lost another five-stone and is now happy at her current weight of 13-stone with a healthy BMI of 24.
She said: “I feel amazing being a slim young mum, I can be more active with my son and feel so much more confident.
“Before I used to be really moody but I am so much more positive now and feel like a much better mum to Aries.
“Everyone’s been so supportive of me and my weight loss, my friends can’t believe how well I’ve done.
“I used to dress in really unflattering clothing that was way too old for me but now in smaller, trendy clothing I look my age and feel like I can do anything.
“Now I can’t wait to go back to my favourite theme parks and not have to worry about being too big to fit on any of the rides.
“I’m so glad that I took that picture otherwise I’d still be overweight and unhappy.”