A tubby bride-to-be who was jilted at the altar because she was too fat had the last laugh – after shedding seven stone.
Pamela Doyle, 31, was devastated when her long-time boyfriend dumped her ahead of their fairytale big day at a castle.
He told her he was fed up with her ”weight issues” and Pamela was forced to call off the wedding – losing a £2,000 deposit on the venue, band and piper.
But the shock jolted her into finally doing something about her size and she ditched her dodgy diet of curry, burgers, crisps and two litres of Irn-Bru a day.
And in one year Pamela, of Glasgow, Scotland, has gone from 17 stone to 10 stone and dropped from a dress size 24 to 12.
She says her ex-boyfriend - a serving soldier who she does not want to name – has been left “stunned” by her new model-like appearance.
Pamela said: ”He ended the relationship because of my weight and the issues surrounding it. It was making him miserable.
”I was devastated but it was just the thing I needed to spur me on to lose weight.
“When I was 17 stone I had no confidence and I was very unhappy. I used to hide away and I wouldn’t go out.
“I even did my shopping online because I couldn’t face people. Now I feel amazing.
”I have regained my confidence and I don’t think my ex could quite believe his eyes when he saw me.”
Call centre worker Pamela and her boyfriend first got together when they were 17, when she was a size 14.
She said: ”I steadily put on weight throughout my teens and my twenties and things got gradually worse.
“On a typical day I would have macaroni cheese and chips for lunch, snack on crisps and chocolate, then have curry followed by ice cream for tea.
“I was comfort eating because my boyfriend was in the forces and he was often away for long periods.
“I would eat large Big Mac meals and drink two litres of Irn-Bru a day.
“My weight made me feel very depressed. I was moody and when my boyfriend came back I would hide myself away and not come out of the bedroom.
“He kept on at me about eating healthily and he tried to help me but I was difficult to be with.
“He proposed to me in 2009. I was still about 17 stone then and I made token efforts to control my weight. I’d go to one or two classes, lose a couple of stone and then give up.”
The couple were due to wed last August at Airth Castle in Sterlingshire, Scotland.
Pamela said: ”We’d put deposits down on the venue, the band and even a piper.
“But last March he came to me and said he wanted to end the relationship. I have to admit I was difficult to be with and I don’t blame him.
“I was absolutely devastated but it was the spur I needed to finally do something about my weight problem.”
Pamela contacted personal trainer David Wilson of Rapid-Hypno Fitness, who uses a combination of hypnosis, psychology and gym training.
David said: “We did hypnosis to work on her mental attitude because when she came to me she was very emotional and had a lot of negative thoughts.
“We worked on that before making a start on the physical side. She has been doing interval training – 30-minute sessions five or six times a week.
“It involves cardio-vascular exercise – bikework and treadmill training.
“Pamela really is an inspirational example of what can be achieved. A lot of people come to me wanting to lose a lot of weight and they don’t think it’s possible.
“But Pamela has shown that with hard work, determination and a change of mindset from negative to positive, you can achieve great things.”
Pamela, who now weighs just under 10 and a half stone, is still in touch with her ex-boyfriend and said she has not ruled out a reconciliation.