Burnham teenager's emotional weight loss journey in time for prom
Burnham-On-Sea teenager has shed six stone during an incredible
period of weight loss in time for her prom night.
Jeffries, 16, joined Burnham's Slimming World group in October
2011 in a wheelchair and was unable to walk without help, weighing
17 stone 9lb.
then, she's gone from a dress size 22 to a sleek size 12 and regained
some of her mobility in time for her school prom.
- who was born with Cerebral Palsy and is paralysed down the left
side of her body - told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'd spent many
nights crying, not only about my disabilities, but my weight too."
of my childhood was spent in a wheelchair and I was supported
by a splint on my left leg which made walking very painful."
my parents trying their hardest, my weight just went on and on.
told me that my weight was having a negative impact on my disabilities.
I understood, but with limited moving activity it was very hard
in my first month at Slimming World I'd lost 13 1/2lbs, which
was almost a stone."
joy was seen on people's faces, especially Keran Parker, my consultant,
when I later entered the class not in a wheelchair, but finally
Slimming World group have applauded every pound I've lost along
been so much support and I'm really thankful to not only my mum,
Ann, and dad, Steve, for their love, support and encouragement,
but also to Keran and the many members who have encouraged me
along the way."
highlight of my journey was when I went to pick up my prom dress.
It's a size 12 and I felt confident for the first time in my life
to carry the dress I'm wearing unaided."
"I am so happy to have finally shed the weight - it's made
life so much easier."
know my disabilities will never go away but I also know I'm living
a healthier, fitter life. I'm no longer out of breath and don't
get stitches when I exercise."
who has been given a 'Young Slimmer of the Year' award by Slimming
World, says she hopes her story will inspire others to give it
Top, Stephanie before and after her weight loss and, above, with
her proud parents Ann and Steve (pics - Jan Bonus)