A teacher looks unrecognisable since her incredible weight loss transformation.
Amy Hodgson, 24, was so unhappy with her appearance when she went to Blue Lagoon for New Year with her boyfriend Jonathan.
She barely took any photographs and said she never felt more embarrassed with the way she looked when she took a trip to Iceland.
But a phone call from her sister gave Amy just the motivation she needed – so she joined Slimming World in January 2019.
As soon as she got to grips with the group’s Food Optimising eating plan, the teacher, from Liverpool, lost 5st to scoop Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2020 award.
She said: “Visiting Iceland was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, but I felt like it’d been ruined because of how I felt about my weight. There’s only a handful of pictures of us there because I just didn’t want to be in front of the camera.
“Shortly after we got home from Iceland my sister rang me and asked if I would join Slimming World with her. She wanted to lose her baby weight but didn’t want to go on her own. I decided to stop putting it off and just went for it.
“I’d tried so many diets in the past but they were all quick fixes – I knew if I wanted to get rid of the extra weight for good I had to make changes for life.”
Before joining Slimming World, Amy, who wears a UK size 8/10 now, had four to five takeaways a week but now she’s become the chef of the house, cooking plenty of lean meats and vegetables.
Although her boyfriend didn’t go to the group with her, he enjoyed the same meals as Amy and ended up shedding 2st himself.
She continued: “I love taking part in Slimming World’s Body Magic programme and getting awards for making activity a part of my routine.
“It’s given our relationship a boost too because I feel like I’ve got the ‘old me’ back and we enjoy getting active together by going to the gym or taking the dog for long walks in Wales.
And it’s not just Amy’s relationship which has felt the benefits of her weight loss, now she feels better about her job.
She explained: “As a teacher I used to feel really self-conscious about my weight. Children just say whatever is in their minds.
“I remember one pupil once said I was ‘big like mummy’ and it crushed me. I knew he didn’t mean anything malicious by saying it – but it still hurt. These days I’m brimming with confidence and I’ve stopped letting worries about my weight hold me back.”
Amy’s diet before her weight loss:
Lunch: A shop-bought sandwich with crisps and a bottle of coke
Dinner: Burger meal from a fast food restaurant or a takeaway kebab with chips
Evening: Chocolate, crisps, sweets
Amy’s diet after her weight loss:
Breakfast: Weetabix with skimmed milk, a mug of coffee and a banana
Lunch: A large homemade salad with a bottle of water and some fresh fruit
Dinner: Pan-fried salmon with sweet chilli dressing, served with rice and vegetables
Evening: Slimming World hi-fibre cereal bar