A mum opened up about her weight loss journey after she feared she wouldn’t be able to fit into the plane seat flying to Benidorm on holiday.
Jane Simpkins, 39, tipped the scales at 20st 2lbs at her heaviest and had a 48-inch waist following years of snacking on junk food.
But booking a holiday proved to be a kick-start the mum-of-three needed as she went on to shed 6st in nine months.
She told Nottinghamshire Live : “Being a busy mum-of-three I always ate the wrong food and my weight soon piled on. Trying to find clothes in a size 22 that covered my figure rather than if I liked them was a chore.”
Jane’s love for shopping since returned after she ditched her “emotional eating” habits in favour of a 1,000 calories-a-day diet which included eggs on toast and steak for lunch.
Speaking of the moment she decided to turn her life around, the mum, from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire, said: “A trip to Benidorm was booked and I was panicking about being the biggest one in the group and not fitting on the plane seat, so I decided enough was enough.”
The mum was spurred on to lose weight after worrying about wearing a swimming costume – so she started by contacting a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant.
She explained: “My weight was also affecting my children as I took them to the park and various other places.
“I would watch from the sidelines as I felt ashamed of joining in due to my size. I didn’t want people looking at my children, thinking ‘oh they’ve got a fat mum’ so I’d just sit down and tell them to go play.
“But yesterday I was at Bradgate Park and I was on the climbing frame playing with them. It was so much fun. I never thought I’d be on a rope swing.”
Jane hopes to lose another 2st on the weight loss plan to become a comfortable size 14 – and her love for shopping has since returned.