Success Stories

Laura Bates

Laura Bates


Greystones, Co Wicklow, living in Kells, Co Meath

Start weight:

11st 13.5lbs


9st 2.5lbs


2st 11.5lbs*


Navan, Co.Meath


Linda Barry

After losing almost three stone in less than a year, bride-to-be Laura recently said ‘yes to the dress’ ahead of her nuptials in June.

 “I have always battled with my weight. My family used to call me ‘the cereal queen’. When I was in sixth class in school, I remember I had to go into Dunnes to get a summer dress, and I picked up a size 16. I remember a girl in primary school saw me and told the whole class ‘Laura shops in the adult department’.

I also recall in my early teenage years the fashion trend used to be fitted shirts and knee high boots and I remember my poor mother bringing me into M&S and getting me something that half resembled a fitted shirt. But I had to wear runners because the boots wouldn’t zip up. I was never able to meet any guys when I was a teenager. It’s never easy for a young person who is carrying weight. I remember the boys in my year laughing about the way I ran during P.E, saying that I waddled.

When I got into 3rd year of secondary school, the jibes got crueler, and I felt I had to do something about it, so I joined WW. I was 14 when I attended my first class. The weight fell off me immediately and I spent years successfully watching what I was eating.

Then just before I had my son Sean I was getting too fond of my food again, and the weight started to creep on. I successfully lost weight before I got pregnant, and actually didn’t put too much extra on while expecting Sean. It was after that I put on a lot. 

Sean was such a difficult baby. He had silent reflux, so he just cried all the time.

Even in all the times of despair with Sean, and the reflux, I got into the car every Thursday and drove to Navan to Linda Barry’s studio – as she is the best. You go away from her Wellness Workshops really determined to carry on for another week. She never judges. And she always keeps it fresh. I learn so much from her and from my fellow members. Everyone gets involved and is so friendly. It’s a lovely atmosphere to be part of.

I had Sean in the August, got engaged in the November, and then in the January, I joined back with Linda. And since going back, I have lost almost 3 stone.

I love my food, but I try to have a good balance. So if I have been good Monday to Friday, I know that on a Saturday night or a Sunday, I can have my treats. What works for me with WW is the freedom of being able to have the treats and still lose the weight. My fiancé Mark has been a great support. I would follow a lot of the WW meal recipes and he has been great in the sense that he will eat whatever I am having. So I don’t have to be cooking separate meals.

Every girl always dreams of getting married. It has always been my dream to meet someone, fall madly in love and get married, which I am doing in June of this year. And I always wondered if it did happen what kind of dress I would wear. I said ‘yes to the dress’ last summer. I never thought it would be the kind of dress that I would have been able to wear. My only fear now is that it is going to be too big!

*Results can vary from person to person. 

Laura Bates Before

Laura Bates Now

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