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A bride has revealed that she was secretly hiding seven pounds of sagging skin under her wedding dress – after shedding 10 stone ahead of her big day.Tina Winmill ballooned to a size 28 and 20 stone after meeting her partner, Mark, eating takeaways and large meals.Refusing to walk down the aisle until shed shed half her body weight, the 43-year-old from the Midlands, joined a slimming class with her similarly obese fiancé.
Tina Winmill was left with layers of sagging skin after she lost half her body weight ahead of her wedding dayBut after reaching a size 8 on top, Mrs Winmill was left with an apron of drooping flesh on her tummy, which hung down over her underwear.She was forced to buy a wedding gown in a size 12 to hide it, but despite whats hidden under her clothes, Mrs Winmill says she couldnt be happier.I bought some slimming pants to wear under my wedding dress and hold in the skin Id been left with, but they made me look worse, she said. The skin squeezed out the top so I never wore them. Luckily, my dress covered my arms so I wasnt conscious about the loose rolls around my armpits on the day.
Despite achieving her desired weight goal on her top half, the bride had to go up a size for her wedding dress to accommodate for the rolls of drooping flesh
Ta da! The happy couple on their wedding day after they both shed their desired weightsAnd I can honestly say that looking at those wedding photos is the first time I have ever felt really happy with how Ive looked. Weve got wedding pictures up all over our house.The couple first started gaining weight after meeting each other on Facebook in 2009. At that time Mrs Winmill was 18st but she soon gained weight.We were so in love we hardly noticed wed piled on the pounds, Mrs Winmill said. Six months later, we moved in together, which only encouraged our bad eating habits. Wed order takeaways and cook big meals.
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Soon the couple had a combined weight of 45 stone, with Mr Winmill, 39, tipping the scales at 25 stone.It seriously affected their health.Mr Winmill was diagnosed with sleep apnoea, a condition associated with being overweight, which causes interrupted breathing during sleep.Mrs Winmill, a former retail assistant said: It was a really scary time. Seeing Mark struggling made me realise how out of control things were getting.
Tina was 18 stone when she met Mark on Facebook, but quickly started gaining weight, eventually tipping the scales at 28 stone
Mark Winmill was diagnosed with sleep apnoea, a condition associated with being overweight, which causes interrupted breathing during sleep – they both knew they had to change their lifestylesWe knew we needed to lose weight but it was hard to have the motivation. Mark could have been triple that size and Id still have loved him, so I didnt do anything about it.On Christmas Day 2010, Mr Winmill, an engineer, proposed.I said yes, then I told him there was no way I was getting married until I could do it as a slim bride, Mrs Winmill explained.She set herself the goal of losing 10 stone and the pair both signed up to Weight Watchers.She said: From there we helped each other stay on track.
The pair went on to shed life-changing amounts of weight through portion control, and revealed their slimmer physiques at their weddingWe stopped having seconds and spent more time preparing meals rather than gorging on takeaways.The couple learned about portion control and calories, and soon the pounds were melting away.Fast forward 18 months and Mrs Winmill had reached her target of 10st 10lbs while Mr Winmill weighed 14st 7lbs.She said: As soon as I reached my goal weight Mark said, Right, were getting married now, you have no excuse, and I knew he was right.I started planning straight away. I went shopping with my daughter, Kristie, 18.
The happy couple lost a combined 23 stone and exchanged vows on 1 November 2013 in front of 20 guestsI picked out a size-12 wedding dress and it slipped right over me. It felt incredible and I fell in love with it.They exchanged vows at Walsall Register Office on 1 November 2013, in front of 20 guests. Mr Winmill fitted into 34in waist trousers on the big day.His wife said: I slipped on my dress and was pleasantly surprised.Sometimes it brings me down now and Id like the perfect figure.I wonder how much more weight I could lose without the skin. It would be nice to go the whole way.
Were both keeping the pounds off – Mrs Winmill has insisted the pair will stick to their new weight of 9st 11lbs and Mr Winmills of 13st 3lbsI couldnt afford the thousands of pounds of surgery. I need to win the lottery to lose the skin.I think theres about half a stone around my stomach, tops of legs and arms.But I wouldnt change anything. I was always big and I was bulging out of size-32 leggings at one point. I never imagined Id be a size 8/10.People ask me Wheres the loose skin? but my clothes hide it.Following their big day the couple continued to shed weight. Now Mrs Winmill weighs 9st 11lbs and Mr Winmill, 13st 3lbs, after losing a whopping 12 stone.The combined 23-stone weight loss has left the couple over the moon.Mrs Winmill said: Its like were different people to when we met. Not only are we healthier but we are half the people we were – literally.I am so proud of Mark and me for managing to lose all that weight.Im never going back there. Were both keeping the pounds off.

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Cycling boss Brian Cookson has branded Lance Armstrong completely disrespectful for aiming to ride the Tour de France route this summer for charity.Cookson, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), suggested Armstrong would be well-advised not to take part in former England footballer Geoff Thomas charity fundraising mission.Thomas has convinced shamed drugs cheat Armstrong to take part in his charity stunt, riding the Tour route one day ahead of the professional peloton.
Lance Armstrong (left) will join Geoff Thomass Cure Leukaemia charity ride of the Tour de France course READ MATT LAWTONS INTERVIEW  Lance Armstrong back on the Tour de France circuit as Geoff Thomas persuades disgraced former winner to ride stages ahead of peloton for cancer charity  Cookson said the UCI has no authority to stop Amstrongs bid, but urged the American, who has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, to think again.Im sure that Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly I think thats completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Tour, disrespectful to the current riders, and disrespectful to the UCI and the anti-doping community, said Cookson.I think Lance would be well-advised not to take part in that.Armstrong in January complained he was prevented from even walking an organised marathon to raise funds for charity.
The disgraced rider, who was stripped of his seven Le Tour title, wants to return to work fighting cancer
Thomas is set to undertake a charity rideFrom next summer, however, the World Anti-Doping Agency code (section 10.12.1) will permit the Texan to participate in sports other than cycling and triathlon. He was banned for life from those sports in August 2012.Cookson rejected the argument Armstrong should be handed some slack despite his life ban from cycling, even though his summer stunt ostensibly could raise big funds for charity.Speaking at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in central London, Cookson said of Armstrongs charity angle: Ive heard that reason rolled out throughout Lance As career as well.Im not critical of people trying to raise funds for charity, lets be clear.But I think maybe Lance could find a better way of continuing his fundraising efforts than this.Lance Armstrong can ride his bike around France as often as he likes, its got nothing to do with me or the UCI.Asked if he would not be cheering on Armstrongs mission this summer, Cookson said: I think you can make that assumption.Cookson admitted cycling sits in an uncomfortable position following the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commissions (CIRC) report, that proved damning on the sports endemic drugs problem.Cookson also scotched the notion he could broker a meeting between Armstrong and bosses of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).The (CIRC) panel did not find anyone who would give cycling a clean bill of health at the moment, said Cookson.Thats an uncomfortable position for us.I am not anxious to be the president of the UCI that brings Lance Armstrong back into cycling, no.
Armstrong has been criticised by cycling boss Brian Cookson for taking part in the charity ride
Brian Cookson, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), says Armstrong would be best advised not to take part in the charity rideI am a little bit puzzled by that (being asked to broker a meeting with USADA), because Lance Armstrong knows where USADA is and vice versa.Im not sure what UCI can bring to that particular party.But at the end of the day the commission was quite clear: it was established under rules and guidelines that any reduction in sanction has to come from that body that imposed that sanction.USADA is in control of whether Lance Armstrong gets any reduction in his ban, and thats the way it should be.
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