Woman was SO appalled about her body, she wouldn’t let her fiance see her naked… but now she’s delighted she’s lost 12st and he’s lost 7st too
GRACE MECKLENBURGH was so appalled at her 23st 10lb body she wouldn’t let her fiancé see her naked – or touch her tummy.
For six years the 24-year-old would hide her figure in a baggy T-shirt and leggings when in bed with Nathan Payne. But when he proposed in March 2015 Grace decided she did not want to walk down the aisle feeling fat and miserable so she signed up to the Cambridge Weight Plan.
In just over a year she has lost 12st by swapping burgers for shakes and soups and posting progress pictures online for motivation.
Nathan, 24, lost 7st and is now 15st 10lb, having ditched the takeaways and snacks with Grace, later joining her on the plan.
Now a healthy 11st 10lb, Grace will slip into a size 10 wedding dress once she and Nathan set a date.
Post Office clerk Grace from Bracknell, Berkshire, says: “Nathan asked me to marry him at my heaviest and he hadn’t ever seen me naked, so I know he loves me for me.
“I used to wear a T-shirt and leggings in bed and insisted the lights were always off. I told Nathan not to touch my tummy when we were making love.
“His proposal changed my life — without it I wouldn’t be the happy, confident person I am today.”
Grace’s battle with her weight began at school but she really piled on the pounds aged 16 when she began working at McDonald’s.
She gorged daily on the fried food and colleagues nicknamed her McBurger due to her similar sounding surname.
Grace says: “I laughed along, even though I hated the name.
“I had always been bullied and teased for being the biggest in class at school but my weight soared to 17st and even my size 18 McDonald’s uniform was too tight.”
After a year working at the fast food restaurant she met Nathan at a bus stop in 2010.
She says: “When Nathan began flirting I thought it must be a joke because my confidence was so low.
“When our relationship became physical I kept all my clothes on. He didn’t mind because he just wanted me to be happy but I hated that I felt I had to act like that.”
Grace fell into comfort eating. And after she moved in with prop designer Nathan, the two lived off takeaways.
Grace admits: “It was taking its toll on my health. On a day out in London with friends I walked so hard I collapsed.
“Nathan had to call a taxi home. I was mortified but turned straight to food to cheer myself up. I was diagnosed with depression around this time too and was on strong medication. Nathan was amazing.”
On the couple’s five-year anniversary, Nathan proposed at the top of the London Eye.
Grace said: “I was so happy but that night it hit me that we were going to get married and I still hadn’t let him see me naked.”
“One day, not long afterwards, I cried non-stop and told Nathan I thought he was better off without me. I was sick to death of my life and I didn’t know if I could go on.
“Nathan made it clear he didn’t care how much I weighed but gently suggested that I might feel a bit happier if I lost some weight.”
So she gave the Cambridge Weight Plan a go — and in the first week lost 19lb.
Grace started an Instagram page to chart her progress, and now has 10,000 followers.
She says: “People started following me and sending messages of support which really helped me to keep going.”
Within four months Grace had lost 6st, and on a holiday in Cyprus she finally let her fiancé see her body in all its glory. She says: “I felt so liberated and happy.”
Grace, who now also works part-time as a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant, says: “I can’t wait to go shopping for a dress. I wish I had done it sooner.”
Nathan says: “I’ve always seen Grace’s beauty but now everyone else can, and more importantly, so can she. She will look beautiful as a bride.”