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‘My future’s bright’

Gaining weight put Ellie Songu-Mbriwa’s life on pause. Now 2st 9lbs slimmer and with an unshakable confidence, she’s making the most of every moment

ELLIE WEARS: Jumpsuit, Traffic People. Shoes, Chi Chi London. Earrings, Karen Millen. Bangle, Storm. Bag, Joanie


Ellie Songu-Mbriwa, 21, is a waitress and law student. She lives in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, with her mum, brother, Kai, and boyfriend, Richie

Height: 5ft 5ins

Starting weight: 12st 5lbs

Weight now: 9st 10lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 2st 9lbs

Ellie is a target member of Clare Boden’s Slimming World group in Middlesbrough

Walking along the tropical beach, I’d never felt so free. I revelled in the feeling of the fine, golden sand between my toes and the sun beating down on my bare shoulders. Wearing fitted shorts and a spaghetti-strap vest over my halter-neck bikini, I realised I wasn’t in the least bit self-conscious. Before I lost weight, I’d have felt uncomfortable, making comparisons with my slim friends and being hard on myself for not looking the same. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have been in Thailand at all – the thought of holidaying so far from home, on the island of Phuket, would have filled me with anxiety. I smiled as I thought about how much my confidence had grown in such a short time…

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July’s Slimming World magazine is the ultimate motivation issue! Be inspired by four super slimmers who feel 10 years younger since losing more than 21st between them, then get your own slimdown started with our 7-day eating plan. Stuck in a recipe rut? Shake things up with our lightened-up Italian classics and clever iced desserts. And discover how both mindfulness and music could bring something new to your weight-loss campaign. We’re here to help you freshen up your focus and achieve your weight-loss dreams.