At her heaviest, Heather Jackson struggled to do the buckle on her shoes when she weighed 20st.
Before her weight loss journey, the 33-year-old gorged on a diet which consisted of greasy takeaways and chips.
Then after she was unable to fasten her own shoe during a friend’s wedding, the former baker began her transformation.
Now after dropping half her body fat, Heather weighs a healthy 10st – with the help of Slimming World.
“That wedding was a real lightbulb moment for me”
She said: “That wedding was a real lightbulb moment for me. I tried with all my might to do up the buckle, but it was no use.
“It made me so breathless that my friend had to help and I felt utterly humiliated. In that moment, I knew I needed to make a change.
“It was deeply upsetting, but it was the reality check I needed. I knew my weight was out of control, but I just kept ignoring it.
“I’d always told myself weight didn’t matter, but when I realised I could no longer perform basic tasks, I knew I was on a downward slope.
“I couldn’t help but wonder what would be next, if I was already struggling to fasten my shoes. I felt terrified at the thought of being dependent on other people for everyday tasks.”
Heather tried cutting back on snacking and even attempted to diet using a meal replacement plan.
Then after nothing worked, she lost 8lbs within a week of joining Slimming World.
She swapped her unhealthy lunches for a ham salad sandwich, as well as her greasy takeaways for lean steaks.
Heather said: “I was amazed by how easy it had been. Food had always been a big love for me, and I’d always worried I’d feel I was cutting my favourite things out completely when I eventually started dieting.
“But in fact, in that first week I’d eaten so much food that I worried I had put on weight. I was amazed when I realised how much I’d lost, and it made me all the more determined to keep going. I’d lost so much weight that I’d even dropped two shoe sizes, so I sold my entire collection of shoes on eBay.
“I treated myself to some gorgeous new pairs with the money I made from them and beamed with pride at my new wardrobe. Being able to shop on the high street for the first time in my life was amazing, and when I was asked to model some vintage clothing in a fashion show it felt like a dream come true.”
Now Heather holds her own Slimming World group and is a full-time consultant, taking on four weekly classes.
She concluded: “I have over 200 members and it makes me so happy to know I can help other people turn their lives around.
“I have so much energy I even climbed Mount Snowdon. I spent so many years overweight, but now I am over the moon with the new me.”