Success story

Michelle Gleave

Michelle's stats

Age 28
Height 5ft 2"
Start weight 15st 6lbs
Current weight 8st 6lbs
Total lost 7st




Social Hero 2018

“I have battled with my weight since I was around 11. One of the first things I remember from starting high school was another kid calling me fat. I had nasty comments throughout my time at school to the point I was terrified to go in.

“By the time I went to college, I remember being so angry all the time and having such low self-esteem. I thought that once I went to university the comments would stop, but I had abuse shouted to me in the streets and on nights out.

“One of the worst moments of my life was a DJ calling me fat and telling me to get off the stage through his microphone in front of a whole nightclub. The entire place started laughing at me and I ran home.

“I have struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life. Feeling so insecure caused me to have panic attacks before leaving my flat and I felt like I couldn’t breathe.

“I was signed off work for three months with depression and anxiety, so the last thing on my mind was going to the gym. I started to gain weight again after I was signed off and, before I knew it, I had put on five stone and was the biggest I had ever been.

“A couple of years ago I managed to pluck up the courage to start a new job, but I was so quiet and felt like I couldn’t speak to anyone. I felt stiff when I walked through the office because I was so conscious of what I looked like. I wanted to be away from everyone. I began turning to food even more and alcohol as a way of escaping reality.

“My friend lost five stone on Cambridge Weight Plan and I remember she advised me to try the Plan, but I was too scared because all I could think about was how I wouldn’t be able to do it. I thought it would be too restrictive and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.

“I went on a hen do abroad in May 2017 and that was a turning point for me. I felt so uncomfortable and almost like I wasn’t really there with everyone. The pictures of myself from that trip made me feel so terrible and it finally all hit me; I knew I had to do something.

“So, I returned from my trip and booked in an appointment with a Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant. I broke down in my first session because I felt so overwhelmed and it felt like something I should have done a long time ago.

“I had reached breaking point. I remember telling someone I was going to do the Plan and I wanted to lose around seven stone and their response was ‘that’s never going to happen’, so proving them wrong was a bonus.

“To date, I have lost more than seven stone, I no longer turn to food when I feel down and I am no longer taking anti-depressants. This Plan has not completely cured me of my issues, however they are so much more manageable, and I can now walk out into the streets without getting an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.

“I feel so much more confident to go out with my friends. I feel like a completely different person and when I look back at my old pictures or think back to before I lost the weight, I honestly feel like I’m looking at someone else.

“Cambridge Weight Plan has not only allowed me to become a better version of myself in so many ways, I’ve learnt so much about food in general and how to maintain a healthy weight. I never in a million years thought I would make it to this point and I am so thankful. It’s the best decision I have ever made and it has truly saved my life.”

Michelle Gleave after After
Michelle Gleave before Before

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