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Sunday 20 April 2014

Lucy ditched the takeaways -- and 10 stone in weight

Lucy Kenneally (26) from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare was miserable, depressed, embarrassed and hopelessly hooked on junk food and her weight had climbed up to a staggering 21 stone and 9 lbs by the age of just 24.  Lucy had a BMI of 45 and her fat percentage was 51% which is nearly twice the healthy norm for her age and she really felt there was no way back or no way out. 

In November 2011, Lucy decided that she couldnt face another Christmas with no nice clothes and her weight spiralling even further out of control so she nervously took that first step and made a call to Motivation Weight Management in Ennis which literally changed her life!  In the very first week Lucy lost 6 pounds and went on to lose a whopping 10 stones and 11 lbs over 24 months.
Lucy Kenneally (26) from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.

LUCY Kennelly is half the woman she was, or ever dreamed she could be.

The 26-year-old from Milltown Malbay in Co Clare has lost a whopping 10 stones and 11 lbs over the last two years.

She went from being a dress size 28, weighing in at 21st 9lbs, to a trim size 12 at 10st 12lbs.

Tomorrow she will be taking part in her first ever Burren 10k run, something she never thought she'd be able to do.

Back in November 2011, facing into another Christmas feeling terrible about herself, hating her clothes and how she looked in them, Lucy (pictured) took control of her situation and plucked up the courage to do something about her weight.

She joined her nearest Motivation Weight Management in Ennis and changed her life.

"I never exercised, ate without actually being hungry and felt miserable nearly all of the time. I was at an all-time low," she said.

Lucy had a body mass index (BMI) of 45 -- the healthy range is from 18.5 to 24.9 -- and her fat percentage was 51pc, nearly twice the healthy norm for someone of her age.

She calculated she was spending €100 per month on junk food and a further €120 per month on takeaways up to five days a week.

"I spent a lot on food trying to feel better, but I ended up feeling worse. It was a vicious, expensive and depressing circle," she said.

Now she has her sights set on taking part in her first sky dive in 2014. "I feel incredible and I have a completely new life," she said.

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