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Weight loss has changed my life

PUBLISHED: 14:15 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 05 July 2010

Dieweana Needham lost three-and-a-half stone after seeing her wedding photos. Picture: Nick Butcher

Dieweana Needham lost three-and-a-half stone after seeing her wedding photos. Picture: Nick Butcher

WHEN Dieweana Needham saw her wedding pictures she was absolutely horrified.

As someone who rarely agrees to be in front of the camera it was a big deal for her to be photographed - but the sight she saw staring back at her was not what she had expected.

WHEN Dieweana Needham saw her wedding pictures she was absolutely horrified.

As someone who rarely agrees to be in front of the camera it was a big deal for her to be photographed - but the sight she saw staring back at her was not what she had expected.

In nine months the 30-year-old mother of three has now shed nearly three-and-a-half stone and is now confident, healthier and happy to say “cheese”.

Dieweana explained. “We snuck off to get married and when we got the photos back they were hideous. I didn't even recognise myself. I have had three children and my weight has gradually fallen off with each one so I was upset to see the pictures.

“I didn't realise I looked like that as I had avoided the camera when we had family photos. My friend was very insistent I had my photo taken, but I had an uncomfortable grin on my face and I didn't even have a neck, I looked horrific.”

Despite initially being reluctant Dieweana decided to take up her friend's offer of joining her at Weightwatchers at the Deaf Centre, in Blackheath Road, in January.

Starting at 13st 11oz, Dieweana, of Salisbury Road, Lowestoft, has swapped six bags of crisps a day for porridge at breakfast, tuna sandwiches at lunch and a host of different recipes for dinner.

“I told my husband to take the crisps away and lock them in the shed and throw away the key,” said Dieweana.

“I was nervous and very conscious to start with because I didn't go out a lot and I'd got into a rut. My life was sorting out the kids and the house, so it wasn't just about going to Weightwatchers, it was about going out into a room full of new people.”

Dieweana, who now weights 10st 6oz still attends meetings but admitted her confidence had been well and truly boosted.

“I'm more smiley and I look people in the face instead of keeping my head down. I used to walk up the stairs and be completely out of puff and I couldn't get my housework done in a whole day because I would get so tired. It's great as now I can go shopping and fit into all the clothes.”

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