Weight loss success story: ‘LighterLife gave me my dream wedding!’

April 12, 2013 - Success Stories

wedding600x812Sarah Ward lost 6st 9lb in six months so that her big day would be the fairytale she always wanted. Here, she shares her LighterLife story and how she’s maintained her weight for over three years…

1) What were your main reasons for joining LighterLife?
My once slender figure, the one my fiancé had fallen in love with ten years earlier, had fallen victim to emotional eating – too many cakes and sweets, and one-too-many pub lunches! When he proposed, I had the biggest incentive to lose weight, my wedding day! There was nothing that was going to stand in my way of wearing a beautiful dress.

2) How did you feel in your dress on the day?
Before LighterLife, I went wedding dress shopping. At one point the sales assistant had to pull the cord of the dress so hard to do it up that one of the hooks pinged off! I was so embarrassed. Thanks to LighterLife, I was able to feel and look incredible! If I hadn’t achieved my weight loss goal I’d have always felt disappointed in myself, which isn’t a nice feeling. Instead, I felt amazing! I couldn’t stop smiling all day.

3) How was the wedding day?
My wedding day was a fairytale! I genuinely felt like a princess. I’ve never felt so good about myself and I had so many compliments from guests; it made me feel that all my hard work had paid off. LighterLife even got a mention in my husband’s speech, as he said how proud he was of me and how beautiful I looked. It was the dream wedding I’d hoped for.

4) How have you maintained your weight over the last 3 years?
I continue to use the LighterLife group sessions and the valuable skills the counselling taught me. I have my LighterLife bars for lunch through the working week – they are so convenient! And the LighterLife app has been great to help keep my weight on target and myself focused. After achieving my goal, I wanted to help others with their issues around food, so I became a LighterLife locum Counsellor.

5) How has your life changed since losing weight?
I honestly believe that thanks to LighterLife, every aspect of my life has improved. Knowing myself as I now do makes me a better wife, sister, daughter and aunty. It’s no coincidence that since reaching my goal weight I’ve had a promotion in work. I have energy, drive, determination and focus that never existed before. I was hiding behind a bigger me, always feeling like the clown. My wedding day was a turning point in my life and I’m so happy that I can look back on that special day with nothing but pride and happiness.

13 thoughts on “Weight loss success story: ‘LighterLife gave me my dream wedding!’

Rachel scales

Please on lsle of sheppey kent need to know if there is a lighterlife nearer to me other than canterbury thank you Rachel


    Hi Rachel, the simplest way to find your nearest Counsellor is to go to our postcode finder on our main website, Fingers crossed there will be one nearer to your location. If not, we are opening new LighterLife Centres all the time and hope to have one in your area in the near future.
    Best wishes,
    Team LighterLife


read your story a big well done to you ! am on the program at the monent and even after 2 weeks am starting to feel better in myself and they do say keeping it off is the harder part but i will give it everything i have . keep loooking great sarah x

Sandra Davis

I really need to lose weight !!


    Hi Sandra,
    LighterLife can help you! Just go to and type in your postcode to find your nearest LighterLife group. Or, you can give us a call on 0800 2 988 988. We look forward to hearing from you!
    Many thanks,
    Team LighterLife

Catherine Casey

I have been so big all my life and I really want to be slim for my grandchild’s christening. I was heavy for my other grandchildren’s christening and this time I really want to stand up at the altar and feel good about myself. This baby will probably be my last grandchild. Please help. Regards, Catherine Casey


    Thank you for getting in touch Catherine. LighterLife could be the answer for you – not only can you lose weight, but you’ll also learn all about your eating habits and discover new ways to manage your relationship with food. Why not go for an initial consultation with your nearest LighterLife Counsellor? You can sign up today at


What an inspirational story and fantastic that the weight has stayed off for 3 years, the journey you are on with Lighter Life is very positive.
This short statement of facts and feelings makes me feel that I can do this too!

Denise Callan-HUlme

Have always had a problem with my weight .Am now 66.have cardiovascular problems and want to loose weight to see if it will help me to be more active and more positive about myself. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Hi Denise, If you’re serious about losing weight then why not sign up to LighterLife? It combines Foodpacks with weekly group therapy – so that you can deal with your food issues and unhelpful eating behaviours. To find out more and sign up go to

Gillian Green

Hi i would like some advice on loosing my love handles as im getting married hopefuly next year in august but i can’t aford lighter life. you look abolutly lovely sarah well done.


    It might not be as much as you think. Clients often find that if they break down how much they normally spend in a week on food and drink then it actually works out quite good value. Plus, the total includes the cost of weekly group support, too.


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