Tuesday 19 March 2019

Lucy ditched the takeaways -- and 10 stone in weight

Lucy Kenneally (26) from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.
Lucy Kenneally (26) from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

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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