A mum-of-two has lost a staggering seven stone after she was 'disgusted' by pictures of herself on holiday.
Liz Jones, 39, was so shocked by the photographs from her trip to Dinseyland Paris that she took up dieting and fitness.
The special needs teaching assistant has gone from a size 26 to a 14/16 in clothes after following a Slimming World diet plan and enrolling at the gym, and is now fitter than she has ever been.
Before her weight loss, Ms Jones had always struggled with her weight and put on the pounds after having her first child at 21, Hull Live reports.
She said she began comfort eating to excess after a miscarriage five months into the pregnancy and being left by her partner the day after.
And she said it was a trip abroad that proved to be the final turning point.
"I went away to Disneyland Paris in 2017 and took pictures whilst we were there, but when I looked back at them after we got home, I was disgusted," said Ms Jones, who lives in north Hull.
"I was wearing a pink jumper in one of the pictures and I looked like a big fat blob with a head poking out in it, and I'd also struggled to get onto a few rides whilst I was away because of my size.
"It was just so embarrassing when I saw the picture, and I thought, how have I got myself into this state?
"I've never been slim and have always comfort eaten whether I'm happy, sad, bored or celebrating and the smallest I've ever been is a size 12, but that only lasted for two years and then the weight piled on after I had my first child at 21, so I've been overweight for most of my life.
"I really hit rock bottom in June 2014 after I lost my baby Elijah to a miscarriage when he was five months old - I had to give birth to him as I was too far along in the pregnancy and it was just so traumatic and awful.
"Then the day after my partner of two-and-a-half-years left me as he told me he was married and had children.
"It was a really hard time for me, and then my dad died at Christmas the year after and it was a lot for me to take."
Due to the horrific ordeals she went through, Ms Jones turned to food to make herself feel better and in turn put on more weight, zapping her of energy and doing nothing to boost her mood in the long run.
Now that she has lost weight, Ms Jones has a new partner and says she feels so much better about herself with a whole new lease of life.
She also focused on her mind as well as her body and enrolled on a teaching course to get her NVQ at college, and feels fulfilled in her role as a special needs teaching assistant.
In the last six months, Ms Jones has lost two and a half stone. It is on top of five stone she lost through a Slimming World group in Hull with support from the coach, Joanne, and encouragement from friends and family
"I suffer from anxiety and was very nervous about going to the gym and being judged for my size compared to other people in shape that work out, so I lost the first three stone without exercising but through eating a lot more healthily, reducing my portion sizes and cutting out snacking," said Ms Jones.
"Then I started to do a couple of work outs at home, and eventually mustered up the courage to join a local gym.
"I then started at Slimming World, and through the encouragement of the group and the support of Joanne who runs the group, I've got down to a size 14/16, and I aim to get down to a 14 and then maintain.
"I'm so proud of myself for what I've achieved and so are my family and partner - my daughter even hugged me and told me it was the first time that she could put her arms around me and have them touch, which felt good.
"I want to be a good role model for my children and want them to have a healthy mum for them to run about with, and I feel like they've got that now.
"I also love going shopping but hated buying clothes as the only things I could get to fit never looked nice but now I love it.
"I don't have to go to the plus size section in shops anymore - it's so refreshing and I now feel really good about myself."