An obese mother-of-two lost an incredible TEN STONE after seeing pictures of herself dressed as a porky Pocahontas.
Kirsty Airey, 26, was looking through holiday snaps taken of her dressed in a squaw costume alongside slimmer friends when she realised she was dangerously overweight. The shock was enough to persuade her to change for good.
She said: “I had never really looked at photos of myself before. I knew I was fat, but I chose to not think about it. I decided then and there I was going to change my life.”
Miss Airey, who at her largest wore size 24 clothing, reached 21st 9lb after a lifetime’s struggle with weight gain.
She said: “I was always quite chubby at school. Kids used to call me fat, ugly and scruffy. ‘Chavvy Kirsty’ was my nickname because I looked so unhealthy, and I hated it.
“I learned from an early age that I could get comfort from eating. The bad eating habits only got worse as I grew up.”
Miss Airey, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, went on holiday to Blackpool with her girlfriends in the summer of 2009, when the group went in fancy dress on a big night out.
Miss Airey chose to wear a costume inspired by the Disney character Pocahontas.
She said: “I enjoyed having fun with my friends and always thought I looked nice. I had no idea what I actually looked like.”
In June 2012 Miss Airey reassessed her life after the breakup of a seven-year relationship.
She said: “It was sad. After the breakup I went into a cloud of depression and convinced myself I was unlovable.
“I only found comfort in fizzy pop, sweets and junk food. Things got a bit out of control, but after a while I had a good look at myself.”
In the spring of 2013, Miss Airey, a full-time mother who has a son named Brodey, 5, and a two-year-old daughter named Mya, was flicking through pictures of her taken in Blackpool four years earlier.
She said: “I looked like a frumpy fat grandmother. I’d gone out that evening thinking I looked nice, but the more I looked at the photo, the more repulsed I became.
“I was standing next to friends who were much slimmer than me, which only made me feel worse.”
Having decided to make a lasting change, Ms Airey cleared her pantry of all unhealthy snacks.
She said: “I started drinking green tea to help me cope with the hunger pangs. My portion size started to come down to the point where I was eating child-sized portions.
“I also started going to the gym every day, getting in lots of cardio like spinning and hulahooping.”
Before losing weight, Ms Airey would eat a full English breakfast with leftover pizza for breakfast, a McDonald’s takeaway burger and chips for lunch, and a double helping of lasagne for her evening meal. She would snack on crisps and chocolate throughout the day.
Today, Miss Airey typically eats a liquid cereal for breakfast, green salad with tuna for lunch, and couscous with a grilled chicken breast for dinner.
Now, 17 months after starting her weight loss journey, she weighs 11st 9lbs and can fit into a size 12 clothes – a total weight loss of exactly 11 stone.
She said: “My energy levels have soared and I can run around with the kids and enjoy life again.
“I’m loving my new life – I’m happily single and have a really active social life now. I still love a night out on the tiles. I’m getting kitted out as Wonder Woman for our next fancy dress night out. I think it’s fitting – because I feel like a superhero.”
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