‘I lost 9st and wed my husband again’

After overhauling her lifestyle, Christina Jordan feels like a different person...

super slimmer marries same man twice

by Amber Connolly |
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When Christina Jordan got married in March 2001, she was 19 years old and weighed 19st 5lbs. It was the best day of her life, but looking back on the photographs nearly two decades later, 40-year-old Christina couldn’t help but feel like she was looking at someone else.

Having lost 9st 8lbs, she hated the pictures. The dress she wore was chosen merely because it fit her, rather than because it was what she wanted. So, to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, Christina decided to renew her vows to her husband Derek, 41.

Christina says, “I’d already married the man of my dreams – now I wanted to tie the knot in the wedding dress of my dreams. When I first got married, the only gown I could fit into was a UK size 28, but the princess cut wasn’t really my style. The day was magical, but my dress was tight, and I felt very insecure. I was over 7st heavier than Derek, but he didn’t care about my size, he loved me for me.”

Christina, who is 5ft 7, had always struggled with her weight and was picked on at school. She’d wear black clothing and shunned colourful outfits. But meeting Derek helped her to find happiness. She says, “Derek and I met when we were 17 and 18 through a family friend. We had an instant connection. He was kind, funny and a complete gentleman. I was shy, and as I was bigger than everyone else at school, boys didn’t pay much attention to me. But Derek helped me to see that I was beautiful, no matter my size. We were teenage sweethearts, and when he proposed, I was over the moon. Although we were very young, getting married felt right.”

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Christina was a UK size 28 when she first married Derek

Over the years, the couple had three sons, now 18, 16, and 11, and although Christina would try to lose weight, nothing seemed to work. She says, “I tried every diet going, but I was in a constant cycle of bingeing and starving myself. One doctor put me on a 400-calorie-a-day diet, and my personal trainer fired me because I was gaining weight. Nothing was working, and the stress of dieting made me pile on even more pounds.”

It was the events after a health scare that made Christina realise that she needed to take urgent action. She explains, “One day my vision went, I felt dizzy, and I fell down the stairs. I knew that something was seriously wrong. The doctor told me I had type 2 diabetes, which runs in my family. I was also diagnosed with thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, which were all linked to my weight.

“To take my mind off the stress, Derek suggested we take a family holiday to Disneyland. While we were queuing to go on a ride, I noticed that I exceeded the weight limit, but I ignored it and got on anyway.

“Trying to strap myself in, the seatbelt wouldn’t fit and I started panicking. I was told I was too big for the ride. I was in tears. I knew that things had to change. I was missing out on the boys’ childhood, and I feared not being around to see them grow up.

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Christina dropped over 9st after a terrifying health scare

“I took things into my own hands and began a course in nutrition. The first real change was my mindset – I began to focus on my health, rather than getting skinny. I actually started eating more often, but my choices were healthier, and I cut out sugar and gluten. At first, it was really difficult. Pizza and carbs were my biggest temptation. The struggle opened my eyes – I hadn’t realised how much food was controlling me.

“In the first month, I lost two-and-a-half stone, which really spurred me on. Every night, I’d go for a walk, and soon I was swimming and bike riding regularly too. We live near some beautiful mountains, so hiking became one of my favourite activities – I now go three times a week, with Derek or friends.”

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A year on, Christina had lost 7st 1lb, and within nine days of that milestone, she found out she was pregnant with her third child. She says, “This pregnancy was completely different to my previous two – I didn’t experience any sickness and had so much more energy. I even went hiking the morning of the day he was born!

“My next target was to lose a further 2st 4lbs, then build muscle. I did everything one step at a time, moving onto weight training when I felt ready. Amazingly, all my health problems cleared up too, and I’m no longer diabetic. My confidence soared, and I had a new lease of life.”

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Christina and Derek share three sons

Now a certified master nutritionist, Christina wanted to use her knowledge and experience to help others. So she founded her own company, Fit Body Weight Loss, which provides personalised health, fitness and weight-loss plans. She says, “I felt able to advise others. Because of my struggles, I’m more sensitive to other people trying to lose weight – we wouldn’t speak to other people in such a nasty way, yet we do it to ourselves. First, we have to learn that we’re beautiful no matter what we weigh.”

A decade on and Christina is maintaining her weight at 9st 11lbs. But in 2021, there was still something at the back of her mind. She says, “Looking at our wedding photos left me feeling sad – I felt like a different woman to the one I was all those years ago, and with our 20th wedding anniversary approaching, I knew that a vow renewal would be the perfect way to celebrate how far I’d come.”

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Christina and Derek tied the knot again to celebrate her weight loss

The couple – who live in Arizona, USA – chose to celebrate in an intimate ceremony, just the two of them. Christina says, “The day was beautiful. I love him even more today than I did all those years ago – which I wouldn’t have thought was possible!

“Wearing my fitted gown was empowering, especially as it was custom-made and I’d helped design it. It felt like a celebration of my hard work to be able to show off my body. I felt like I could really shine, because I wasn’t pre-occupied with feeling self-conscious in my dress. I felt a million dollars.

“I lost 9st and married my husband again – and I am so glad I did. I have the photographs displayed all over my house. I was happy on my first wedding day in 2001, but I was even happier on our 20th anniversary, because I’m finally comfortable in who I am. It certainly hasn’t been an easy journey, but I am so proud of how far I’ve come.”

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