Wednesday 29 March 2017

Irish man meets the love of his life after losing an astonishing 16 stone – ‘We’re getting married next year’

Paul Carney pictured after losing an incredible 16stone 8lbs before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic
Paul Carney and his fiancee Clare Gilsenan
Paul Carney pictured at his heaviest 28 stone before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

An Irish man who once weighed more than 28 stone has found love after shifting more than half his body weight ahead of a family wedding.

Paul Carney (38) admitted that he had given up on finding love at his heaviest, but will wed his fiancée Clare next year after losing an incredible 16stone 8lbs.

Paul Carney and his fiancee Clare Gilsenan
Paul Carney and his fiancee Clare Gilsenan

The barman from Mayo said that his confidence was extremely low when he was heavy and he did not have the courage to talk to women.

“When I was at my biggest, my confidence was just so low. I didn’t have the courage to talk to women at all so I never really had many relationships because of that. I felt like it was pointless chatting to women when I was that weight. Dating is very hard for larger people, it’s no life,” he said.

However, after changing his life, Paul had the confidence to join an online dating site where he met his future bride Clare, from Dublin.

“Clare and I originally met online and we agreed to meet up in Castlebar on a night out and we just hit it off so much.

“We’ve been together ever since. I think she’s just gorgeous and we’re very happy.

“I proposed to Clare last August on Mulranny Beach and she said ‘yes’. We are very happy” he said.

Paul Carney pictured at his heaviest 28 stone before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic
Paul Carney pictured at his heaviest 28 stone before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic

Paul revealed that he was encouraged to join Motivation Weight Management Clinic ahead of his nephew’s wedding in 2011, which he said he was “dreading”.

“I knew I was over twenty stone but the scales didn’t go beyond that so really I didn’t know just how far I’d gotten.

 “My nephew was getting married and I knew something had to be done. I always dreaded weddings because when you’re that size you just don’t want to go on the dance floor and you really just want to sit in the corner for the day.

“You’re thinking the sooner this day is over the better,” he said.

The Castlebar man revealed that by the time the wedding came along he had shed more than ten stone in nine months on the programme.

“I was so big that some weeks I was losing 5 or six pounds and nine months later I had lost ten stone.

Paul Carney pictured after losing an incredible 16stone 8lbs before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic
Paul Carney pictured after losing an incredible 16stone 8lbs before joining Motivation Weight Management Clinic

“I went from dreading weddings to being a groomsman at my nephew’s wedding. It felt great,” he said.

Paul revealed that tackling his weight has opened up a brighter future for him in more ways that just benefiting his health.

“Clare and I have a whole life planned together, marriage, kids the works. This would never have happened if I hadn’t lost the weight.

“My life has been turned upside down and it’s now completely different,” he said.

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