A WOMAN has revealed her incredible weight loss journey after dropping half her body weight.
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.
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.”
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.”