A woman who decided to fight the fat a month after getting married shed a dramatic 14 stone – which is more than her husband weighs.
Receptionist Jill Whitham, 36, weighed a whopping 24 stone when she married hubby Jack Whitham, 35, in April 2012.
She was told by a dietician that she would never weigh less than 14 stone because her metabolic rate would ‘be stuck’ due to an underactive thyroid.
But after fighting the bulge at her local Weight Watchers group a month later, Jill says she turned her life around – and dropped 22 dress sizes after being forced to wear size 32.
Jill, who now weighs 10 stone, is set to tackle York 10K this weekend following her dramatic body change.
Jill of Heworth, North Yorks., said: “I just came to the realisation that something had to be done.
“I knew I was over weight – but I don’t think I realised by how much.
“The penny suddenly dropped and I think it must have had something to do with marrying my husband and thinking about our future together.
Adding: “I realised we were both killing ourselves.”
Jill said before the weight loss she was skipping breakfast and regularly binged on chocolate and crisps, crumpets, cheese and chips.
Now she has a breakfast of porridge and fruit, and prefers salads and jacket potatoes.
Husband Jack, who weighed more than 18 stone in 2012, managed to also whittle down to a healthy 13 stone.
Clifton Children’s Centre receptionist Jill now leads her very own Weight Watchers classes to share her weight loss tactics.
Speaking about her transformation Jill said: “Within the past four years I have married my soul mate Jack, then gone on to lose more than he actually weighs with the support of Weight Watchers.
“I spent the majority of my adult life at least partially overweight, but gave up hope of losing it when diagnosed with an underactive thyroid – especially after a dietician told me I would never weigh under 14 stone because my metabolic rate would be stuck.
“However now I am living, breathing proof that anyone can change their life.
“I no longer complain about vegetables on my plate squeezing the room away for other ‘more delicious’ foods.”
She added: “My life now is unrecognisable compared to my old life, I am training for a marathon, I have more energy than the sun.”
She admits to now love running and exercising her two labradors called Chewy and Poppy.
Jill is now training for a marathon later this year and hopes to complete York 10k on Sunday.