Secret eater banned from hen do Segway ride loses six stone

A secret eater was left embarrassed after being banned from a Segway ride on a hen do due to being two stone over the maximum weight limit.

Hannah Guthrie, 30, and the other hens were all weighed before heading off on the segways, but when Hannah stepped on the scales she was told she wouldn't be able to take part as she weighed 20 stone.

Hannah instead had to sit on the sidelines and take pictures of the others enjoying the activity.

The traumatic experience left Hannah feeling so "ashamed" that she turned her life around as soon as she got home and she's now dropped six stone.

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Hannah, an activity coordinator, from Congleton, Cheshire, now weighs a healthy 14st and has gone from dress size 22 down to a 14.

She said: “It was so awful.

‘’It was my new boyfriend’s sister's hen do and a lot of her friends I hadn’t met before, other than his sister and mum.

Hannah Guthrie before her dramatic weight loss.

''I was really excited at first, I'd never tried a Segway before, it didn't even occur to me that my size might be an issue!

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‘’Part of the induction process before the Segwaying was to be weighed, they told us you had to be under 18 stone.

‘’I was so embarrassed after they weighed me, when I was told I couldn’t take part as I was over the limit.

“I sat on a picnic bench, after having to explain to the group why I couldn’t join in, trying so hard to hold back the tears and watched everyone else enjoying themselves, taking on the role of photographer instead.

‘’After that I decided that I knew something had to change.

''I really stuck to my healthy eating, I knew I couldn't carry on as I was, I had been binging most nights on sweets and chocolate.

''I also went to the gym, took up swimming and running and joined an amazing Clubbersize class where you dance yourself thin, it's like a night out!."

While still reeling from the hen-do horror, just a few weeks later, Hannah attended another family wedding in May 2016, with her new boyfriend Tom Jackson, 27, a Digital Forensic Evidence Examiner.

The newly loved up pair had their picture taken at the reception – but again the snap just reminded Hannah how big she was.

Hannah Guthrie before her dramatic weight loss with boyfriend Tom

She said: “The picture taken at his sister's wedding was one of our first proper photos together.
“I didn’t want anyone to see it, I was ashamed of my size.

''Especially after what had happened on the hen-do.

‘’I realised then that I really couldn't go on like this anymore, my size was ruining my life.''

Determined to change her life around for good Hannah started to attend regular Slimming World meetings at her local group in Congleton, Cheshire.

As well as a change in diet-where she ditched the junk and sugar in favour of healthy veg packed meals- Hannah began to exercise regularly, something she credits with her success.

She said: “Along with Slimming World I used the gym mostly.

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“I enjoyed going to Body Pump classes -which are my favourite- Clubbercise and swimming.

“It has been a slow process.

‘’I know I’ve done well but it’s a lot to get used to.

“I see myself every day, so I don’t realise how much of a big change it is until I see old pictures of me.

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“I compare myself to the first photo of me and Tom that I hated each year now.

‘’I finally feel attractive, it’s all been so worthwhile!’’

Hannah had been battling with her weight since the age of 16 after developing a habit for secret eating.

The teen would sneak junk food, including sweets and chocolate, into her room, hiding the evidence from her family.
She said: “I would hide the rubbish in my bedside drawer rather than my bedroom bin, waiting for a time I could put it all in the bin without my mum seeing what I’d been hiding away and secretly eating.

“I was spending a lot of time in my room secret eating or comfort eating.

“I would sit at work and get excited, planning in my head what I was going to buy on my way home to sit in my bedroom and scoff.

Hannah Guthrie after her dramatic weight loss

“At times it could be several chocolate bars one after the other, a bag of cookies from Tesco bakery, sharing bags of chocolate like a bag of Maltesers and often a shared bag of sweets too.

“I would go through a bag of Drumstick Squashies in about two minutes, no exaggeration.

‘’I’d just sit there and eat the bag until it was gone. And move onto the next thing.''

Hannah's weight crept up and up as her secret eating carried on into her twenties.
She said: “When I had gotten to my biggest, I had recently moved back in with my parents after a relationship had ended.
"I was ashamed of my size and that made me feel so low, my moods were really bad.
"I tried a few times to attend Slimming World meetings but it never stuck for me, it just wasn’t the right time.

‘’That is of course until the hen-do and wedding disasters really gave me the kick I needed."