A bride-to-be who weighed a whopping 23 stone (146kg), has lost almost half her body-weight after her family became scared she would ‘be dead by 30’.
Now Rhiannan Moynan, 26, is only four stones (25kg) off her goal weight of 10 stone (63.5kg), which she hopes to achieve by her wedding day deadline in May 2020.
Rhiannan’s diet consisted of ‘grease-filled food’ and she would often eat two main meals a day.
“Takeaways were my best friend.
“It wasn’t about cooking, it was about ease.
“My fiance’s mum would cook us dinner, but I’d still be hungry so we’d often go and get a takeaway afterwards.”
Living with all that weight meant daily tasks became difficult for Rhiannan.
She said: “Steps were not my friends.
“Just walking two minutes down the street made me out of breathe and I’d be huffing non-stop.”
Teaching assistant Rhiannan, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, found keeping up with the young children challenging:
She said: “Reception children are like little Duracell bunnies, they’re always on the go. “
Rhiannan has changed her life around and swapped the junk food for more healthier options and makes an effort eat home cooked food every day.
She said: “I try to cook all my meals from scratch now, and make sure to eat at set times too.
“Thanks to losing the weight it’s so much easier keeping up with the children too.”
Talking about why she gained the weight in the first place, she said: “I left home at 16 and because I wasn’t at home, I could do what I wanted and so let myself go.
“I did get quite down about my body and in 2013 I was considering having surgery to help me lose weight, but my dad said no and told me that I at least had to try on my own first.”
Two months later Rhiannan joined Slimming World and ‘never looked back’.
It’s not purely down to dieting however, that has enabled her to lose all the weight.
She said: “I work out four times a week.
“I go to the gym on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s.
“I’m into this dance class too called Shabam and it’s just transformed how I feel about exercise – it’s so fun.”
According to Rhiannan, the secret to being successful at losing weight is maintaining willpower.
She said: “Dieting is really hard but if you stick at it and say no to yourself, then you soon develop a stronger willpower and it gets easier and easier.
“I had to build up to the level of willpower I have now, it was definitely a lot harder when I first started dieting compared to now.”
“When I eat bad, I feel bad.
“I don’t actually stop myself from having treats, but I do limit myself.
“I don’t have a specific ‘cheat day’, I just regulate throughout the week.
“To be honest I don’t really have much time to have a treat – if I did though my downfall would definitely be chocolate.
“The whole process has been a slow-burner but they say it’s better to take your time losing the weight because then you’ll be more likely to keep it off, as opposed to these radical diets that make you drop four dress sizes in a matter of months.”
Rhiannan has already bought her wedding dress and says the experience was completely different to how she imagined it growing up.
She said: “In my head I’m still big.
“When I went wedding dress shopping I was taking size 20’s off the rack and the assistant rushed over and said ‘no, no, no’ and made me put them all back.
“It was so odd to realise that I’m not big anymore, even though I know it, I’m just in the habit of thinking I am.”
Rhiannan got engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Dan Smith, ten years ago, and said that ‘life got in the way’ of them getting around to tying the knot.
The couple are planning a barn wedding near their home in Lowestoft.
She said: “Life kept getting in the way but now we’re finally doing it and I’m so excited.”