A mum who ballooned to 21 stone shed almost half her bodyweight after becoming worried she’d embarrass her son on her wedding day .
Clare Howard tipped the scales at 21 stone and 13 pounds after gorging on takeaways and stopping excercising.
But the 48-year-old decided to fight the flab last year with her wedding looming, Wales Online says.
And in the 15 months since, Ms Howard, from Swansea, south Wales, has dropped from a size 26 to a size 10.
“It started because my son was getting married and I didn’t want to embarrass him because I was so big.
“By the time he got married in November I had lost six stone and four pounds and when they put the photos up everyone said about how amazing I looked and my son was proud,” the mother said.
She joined Slimming World last year and started to exercise more.
She also ditched the greasy takeaways for nutritious home-cooked meals, such as curries and jacket potatoes.
“I didn’t think I’d lose that much but I’ve gone from 21 stone and 13 pounds to 10 stone and seven and a half pounds now,” the super slimmer said.
“I’d given up on doing anything exciting again, but in April I climbed up in the snow and it felt like an amazing achievement when before I couldn’t walk 100 metres without being out of breath.
“I’m not working at the moment as I’ve been focusing on my weight loss and I would have been too embarrassed to go to an interview but I’m looking forward to getting back into work.
“It’s all down to a lot of walking with my family and my dog and I’ve been able to get back into karate every week which I used to do before.
“Just to get the last bit of weight off recently I started going to Funkypump and I’ve turned into a bit of a fitness freak now.”
But Mrs Howard conceded she “puts on weight very easily” and the a lack of exercise mixed with eating unhealthily resulted in her gaining weight.
She continued: “I haven’t changed my eating habits, but I am eating a lot more vegetables and with a cooked breakfast for instance I would use fry light instead of butter or have a steak with a jacket potato instead of chips. I still go out for a lot of meals. I have gone back and fore [with my weight] over the years and I would put weight back on but this time something just clicked and the classes were fun so it was a joy to go to them.
“I’m exercising seven days a week now and I’m going to start competing again with karate and I’m going to the European championships in Denmark.
“My family are all really proud and they have helped me and been walking in Mumbles with me even in the rain. “It was a nice birthday present to hit my target weight.
“I went out for food a few weeks ago and saw myself in a mirror when I came out of the toilet and was thinking ‘oh my god, that’s me’. It has been a shock.”