A couple who met at a slimming club where they were crowned Mr Sleek and Miss Slinky tie the knot after their love grew as their waistlines shrank – 13 stone to lose between them.
Allie Clark, who was 18 kg and was 20 at her heaviest weight, had foreshadowed the date when she met 22nd 6lb Simon Beamish, 35, at her local Slimming World Club near her home in Kings Heath, Birmingham .
When she teamed up with two relatives in March 2016, she found not only a solution to her worrying weight problem, but also a future husband.
Allie, who has lost over 7kg and now weighs 11kg, will wear a size 12 mermaid dress to take her vows on September 18th.
She said, “I wasn’t looking for love.
“Slimming World has changed my life. Without her, I would have neither the man nor the body of my dreams.
“I was an emotional eater. I was really shocked when I saw how heavy I was. I didn’t really think about how big I had become. “
She added, “Slimming World motivated me to change and within weeks of getting started, the pounds started dropping.
“I had been single for 12 months and didn’t feel like dating,” she said.
She added, “I think I denied how tall I was. But my size really affected my confidence. I wouldn’t tune into promotions at work or book a great vacation because I hated wearing a swimsuit.
“I don’t think I really looked at how much it affected me, even right up to the date.
“There have been some serious relationships, but I think I was just very confident and couldn’t take the hassle of dating.”
She added, “I just wasn’t interested in meeting anyone.”
That was until she discovered 6 foot 1 in Simon, an office colleague who had stepped in in January 2016 and was equally confident.
“We sat near Simon after the first few weeks,” said Allie.
She added, “I didn’t notice it at first, but after a few weeks I really caught my eye. We chatted here and there, but we were both very shy and our chats were a bit awkward.
“It wasn’t until December 2016 that I realized how much I like him. It was the last weigh-in before the Christmas holidays on Christmas Eve. I didn’t see him and was so disappointed that I missed him.
“That’s when I realized I really have to like him.”
But despite her growing emotions, it took Simon over a year of embarrassing conversations to ask Allie, who was 14 at the time, on a first date in March 2017.
“He took his time,” laughed Allie.
“I showered Simon with a cup of coffee and then we ran into each other on the way to work. There were those little moments that we joked about, but he didn’t invite me out for a drink until March 2017. “
She added, “When he finally asked me, I was so excited. It was nice and we became a couple straight away, but we didn’t want anyone in the group to find out that we were together. “
Staying discreet was especially difficult when they won the group Mr. Sleek and Miss Slinky titles just a few weeks after their first date – by then, she weighed 14th and he 17th – and had to pose for photos together.
“It was really embarrassing,” said Allie.
She added, “We’d only been together for a few weeks, and then our advisor announced that we’d won Mr. Sleek and Miss Slinky.
“We had to pose together with some sashes but nobody knew we were together so we had to pretend we were normal. It’s so fun to look back at the photo now. “
But it was no surprise when they went public in June 2017 and bought their first house together in December 2018.
Then, on Christmas morning in 2019, Simon suggested.
“It was the perfect suggestion,” said Allie.
“We’re pretty private people, so I didn’t want anything big. It was home in bed on Christmas morning and it was perfect. “
We look forward to tying the knot on September 18 with a beautiful church ceremony in front of 50 guests – including their Slimming World advisor and members of their group – before enjoying a glamorous reception at a neighboring mansion that could life not be better.
Now a size 12 and weight 11.9 pounds, Allie can’t wait to show off her figure on her big day.
“I feel great,” she said.
She added, “I feel so confident and happy inside of myself. I’m going on vacation now and I’ve found that I really enjoy swimming. Simon and I always go to water storm courses and I fell in love with the activity. “
“I even chose a wedding dress that I would never have chosen before I lost weight. I can’t say much, but it’s really sexy. “
Meanwhile, Simon, who lost six and a half pounds and gained a woman after participating in the weight loss program, can’t wait to say, “Yes,” and flaunt his 34-inch waist in a classy new suit.
“When I saw her I imagined Allie,” he said.
“My mom made me go to Slimming World and I went to pacify her, but the weight started to drop and I loved it!”
At 16 he feels at the top of the world, with a physique and a fiancé to be proud of.
He said, “I was too shy to ask Allie out on a date at first, but once we started dating it was perfect.”
“When I came to Slimming World I was hoping to lose weight, but I never imagined finding a woman who was a side benefit.
“Allie is the woman of my dreams and I can’t wait to marry her in a few weeks.”
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