Faye Martin had the man of her dreams, but not the body.
When her boyfriend, Kevin, proposed in 2004 in front of friends and family in a crowded restaurant, she said yes immediately. But when it came time to set a date, the medical receptionist from Bristol, England, had one excuse after another.
"I thought I'd look like a giant meringue in a size 26 white dress so I made excuses to postpone the wedding," Faye told the Daily Mail. She admits to having an "addiction to sugar," which she fueled by drinking four cans of Coke every day. She ate cookies and chocolate all day, too, and snacked on greasy fast food in the afternoons. At her heaviest, she weighed 280 pounds.
"The years just passed by and nothing ever changed," she continued. "I knew I was big but I never saw any point in losing weight." Meanwhile, Kevin wanted to get married. He tried reassuring his bride-to-be that he loved the way she looked, but she still felt self-conscious.
Ultimately, it was an ugly comment from a stranger that spurred her to change. In 2012, Faye was shopping for clothes at trendy retailer Primark when another woman called her a "fat b---h."
"The lady said it so loudly that people around me turned round to stare," said Faye, recalling the incident. "As mortifying as it was it turned out to be a blessing in disguise."
After that, a determined Faye joined Slimming World, a U.K.-based weight-loss organization similar to Weight Watchers. Over the course of 18 months, she dropped 126 pounds—nearly half of her body weight—and went from a size 22 to a size 6.
To read more, including how she got rid of the two-and-a-half pounds of excess, baggy skin around her belly, click here for the original story from Redbook!