A SINGLE mum from Up Holland has lost a staggering seven 7stin a year after deciding to get fit for her daughter.
Fiona Scriven, 52, was struggling to bend down to tie her shoe laces in April last year when she decided enough was enough and vowed to lose weight.
When Fiona’s marriage ended, her daughter Ellie-May was just five. Fiona’s weight ballooned as she lost confidence and struggled to look after her small child.
She embarked on a series of diets and her weight yo-yoed for several years before she ended up at 19st 2lbs.
Fiona said: “I was struggling to do the most basic things and I went to the doctors who told me my blood pressure was sky high.
“I decided I had to do something to combat my weight before it started seriously impacting on my health.
“My daughter’s just turned 13 now and I want to be a good role model for her.
“I also want to be around for a few years yet so I can see my grandchildren grow up.”
Fiona joined a Slimming World group in Skelmersdale and the weight dropped off her as she stuck rigidly to the plan.
After being forced to shop in plus-size stores for years due to her size 30 frame, Fiona was excited to buy a wardrobe to fit her new svelte size 12 shape.
Fiona said: “It was my dad’s 80th birthday and at size 30 I couldn’t find anything to wear; I was just so depressed.
“It’s completely different now though, I can shop in any store I like.
“I’ve really enjoyed having a slim summer. I haven’t stopped wearing shorts and dresses.
“It’s been fabulous.”
Ellie-May is really impressed with her mum’s progress and the whole family’s way of life has changed as a result of Fiona’s efforts.
Fiona continued: “We eat so well as a family now; we have lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
“Before we’d have pies and pizzas but that’s all changed now.
“I’ve learnt you don’t have to have a lot of money to eat healthily.
“Even people on tight budgets can eat well.
“I just hope my story can help inspire others. If I can do it anyone can.”
Fiona has won three awards in her Slimming World group including Greatest Loser, Miss Slinky and Woman of the Year due to her weight loss