A WOMAN looks unrecognisable after losing a whopping 24 stone – almost two thirds of her body weight – by cutting out crisps and chocolate.
Sharon Blakemore, 39, from Cheshire, was determined to honour a promise she made to her late parents who lost their battles with cancer within 18 months of each other.
When she was at her heaviest, Sharon Blakemore weighed 37.5 stone and was a size 38[/caption]
At her heaviest, Sharon weighed 37.5 stone and was a size 38 thanks to her love of takeaways.
The mum-of-two struggled to find clothes that fit her properly, so was forced to order up to 8XL from specialist men’s websites.
In 2010, Sharon received the devastating news that her mum had terminal cancer, and she tragically passed away in January the following year.
Speaking to Cheshire Live, Sharon said: “Then just over 12 months later we found out my father was dying of cancer and by June 2012 I had lost him as well.
She now weighs 12.2 stone and has lost a staggering 67 and a half inches from her figure in just two and a half years[/caption]
“I had made a promise to both my parents to get married and, most importantly, to get fit and lose weight for my children.”
Desperate to keep the promise to her mum and dad to lose weight, she set about dieting at home as she didn’t think other scales “would be big enough”.
She added: “At the time, my health was being abused. I still don’t know how I managed to find someone to love me at that size.”
She ditched her favourite snacks, chocolate and crisps, and opted for a low sugar diet.
The mum-of-two struggled to find clothes that fit her properly, so was forced to order up to 8XL from specialist men’s websites[/caption]
She ditched her favourite snacks, chocolate and crisps, and opted for a low sugar diet[/caption]
Her healthier regime saw her weight initially drop to 21 stone, and she finally became confident to join a ladies-only gym.
She describes being able to finally workout in public as the “best thing that could have happened”.
Sharon said that her husband booked the date for her wedding and her best friend and instructors gave her the motivation she needed to shift the final weight.
Sharon promised her parents she would get fit and lose weight for her children[/caption]
She now weighs 12.2 stone and has lost a staggering 67 and a half inches from her figure in just two and a half years.
Donna Hubbard, founder of Sharon’s gym, Gymophobics, said: “Sharon’s story is incredibly inspirational and I am sure that her parents would be proud of her.
“To lose that much weight, and keep it off, is a fantastic achievement.”
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