A mother who was so unhappy with how much she weighed at her first wedding dropped 13st 12lbs so she could do it all again in a second Caribbean ‘ceremony of dreams.’
Louise Box, 47, a bank manager from Derbyshire, tipped the scales at 24 stone and was a size 30 when she tied the knot in a dress ‘the size of a bedsheet’ to Richard in 2007.
The mother-of-one, whose weight had yo-yoed after she gave birth to her daughter Olivia in 1997, decided to slim down after seeing ‘humiliating photos’ of herself taken at a Christmas do in 2013.
She joined Slimming World, losing three stone a year for the next three years – and her husband arranged for the couple to renew their vows in the Dominican Republic in 2018 when Louise reached her target weight of 10st 2lb and a size 10.
Louise Box, 47, a bank manager from Derbyshire, has lost 13st 12lbs, going from a size 30 at 24 stone to a size 10 at 10st 2lb. After shedding the weight, she renewed her vows in 2018 (pictured, after her weight loss) with husband, Richard
Louise was unhappy about her weight on her wedding day back in 2007 (pictured, at her heaviest), adding that she wore a dress that was ‘the size of a bedsheet’ as she wed Richard
Before her transformation (pictured), Louise said she had been unhappy about her weight for a long time, but put on a ‘brave face’
Having lost the weight (pictured), Louise has found a new lease on life and now enjoys physical activities she never dreamed of trying, such as zip-lining
‘I had horrendous morning sickness while pregnant,’ she said. ‘I was sick all day and not gaining any weight, so I would have a huge meal in the evening.
‘And that stuck – I would eat unhealthy foods, like lasagne with chips and garlic bread, with biscuits, all washed down with litres of coke.
‘After having Olivia I went from a size 14 to a size 20. I met Richard on a dating site in 2007. We clicked straight away and he never commented on my weight. He loves me for who I am.
While Louise says her wedding day was lovely, she admits she never wanted to be in the forefront.
‘I hated being in the photos,’ she explained. ‘I was a size 30 and wearing a dress I’d ordered online – it was the size of a bedsheet.
Louise, who fell in love with Richard and got married in 2007 in a size 30 dress (pictured), said her husband loved her for who she was and never asked her to change her weight
The 47-year-old has now lost an impressive 13st 12lb and decided to renew her vows in a dress she actually loved in 2018 (pictured, at her wedding ceremony)
Louise admitted that she used to comfort eat and gorge on unhealthy snacks, which she washed down with Coke. Pictured, before her weight loss journey
The mother-of-one said she started to put on weight after the birth of her daughter – and admitted she didn’t know how to stop
‘I wasn’t happy but I put on a happy front and didn’t say anything – not even to Richard.
‘I hid my frame away in leggings and baggy tops and tried loads of fad diets, but they were just short term and nothing worked. Exercise was really hard and I was out of breath just walking up the stairs.’
Louise admits she would comfort eat with Richard in the evenings – tucking into crisps and chocolate.
Louise’s diet now
Fresh fruit and yoghurt
Homemade soup apple
Mediterranean chicken with vegetables
Louise’s diet before
Lasagne with chips and or garlic bread
Crisps, chocolate, biscuits, litres of coke
Then in 2013, she went to a work Christmas do – and was snapped wearing a green cracker hat. When she was shown the photo, she felt humiliated.
‘I was really upset,’ Louise said. ‘I knew I couldn’t stay this way any longer. The following January, I joined Slimming World.
‘I stood on the scales for the first time and it showed 24 stone – the consultant said to me I would never see that number again – and she was right.
Louise, with her daughter Olivia in Venise, before losing the weight. The mother-of-one said she decided to shed the pounds after Christmas 2013
After Louise opened up about her weight loss goal to Richard, he booked a trip to the Dominican Republic and bought her the lovely size 10 dress she has always dreamed of. Pictured, renewing their vows
When Olivia was a child, Louise tipped the scales at 24 stone. Pictured together on the beach at her heaviest
Olivia beamed as she zipped up her mother’s size 10 wedding dress when she renewed her vows in the Dominican Republic in 2018 (pictured together)
‘I lost eight pounds in the first week, which was amazing. I knew I would never go back to the old me – I was eating healthy meals every day, and started exercising too.
‘Over the next three years, I lost three stone a year. Richard supported me every step of the way – buying me flowers and a fruit box for Easter instead of chocolate eggs.’
Louise eventually confided in Richard how unhappy she had been at their first wedding. So when she reached her target weight, he bought her the size 10 dress she had always wanted – and they booked a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic so they could renew their vows in 2018.
‘It was the wedding I had always dreamed about having, but never thought I’d get,’ said Louise.
‘We had the most amazing day with a ceremony on the beach. My husband bought me the dress I wished I could have worn at our first wedding – it was a size 10. My daughter and her partner were both there – it was perfect.
Louise, pictured in 2013 before her weight loss journey, said Richard was supportive every step of the way and would buy her flowers and fruit boxes instead of chocolate
Louise pictured left, before her weight loss, and right, after, showing Louise’s impressive achievement after years of unhealthy eating
‘I felt the most beautiful I’ve ever felt in my life. Looking in the mirror after I’d had my hair and makeup done, I had a little cry.
‘I felt it was how I should have looked my entire life. I’m really proud of myself.’
Louise said there’s no looking back – she now enjoys doing activities with her daughter, 22, such as zip-lining – something she never would have dreamed of before.
She added: ‘I’m so happy now. This is me. I have more energy, more ability to do things I never would have before.
‘This is me, I feel happier, more energy, ability to do things that I would never have done, such as zip-wiring in Wales, parasailing while overseas. Losing weight really has changed my life.’
Louise revealed she is now able to enjoy physical activities with her daughter Olivia – such as zip-lining. Pictured with Olivia, after her weight loss
Pictured, Olivia and Louise zip-lining together after the 47-year-old’s impressive weight loss