A SLIMMER lost more than HALF her body weight by swapping takeaways for home-cooked meals.
School teacher Harriet Jenkins, 25, shed a whopping 15 STONE(210lbs) in 18 months and dropped from a dress size 30 to 10 through healthy eating.
She was crowned Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2010.
Harriet, who at her heaviest tipped the scales at 26st 7lbs, said: “My life’s completely different now and I’ve achieved things I thought I never would, like landing my dream job.
“It’s not just because I look different and weigh less, it’s also because I’m more confident and finally happy with who I am.
“I’m so proud of myself for taking control of my life and I don’t think I’d feel the same way if I’d had an operation that forced me to change.”
She added: “I want people to know that even if you’ve got a huge amount of weight to lose, having gastric surgery isn’t the only answer.”
Harriet, from Southampton, was overweight as a child but piled on the pounds after her dad John died in 2003.
She comfort-ate through her university years before getting a job in a call centre, where boredom and depression saw her eating endless sweets and takeaways.
When a pal invited her to a slimming class, she discovered she weighed 6st more than she realised.
She said: “I think I’d been in denial about my size for a long time.”
After turning to home-cooked meals with fresh vegetables and swapping her chocolate bars for fruit, Harriet lost 8lbs in a week.
And within a month she had dropped 1.5st and two dress sizes.
Harriet also completed her teacher training and started a teaching job with her own class of nine and ten-year-olds.
Harriet, who now weighs a svelte 11st 7.5lb(161.5lbs) for her 5ft 8in frame, said: “As my confidence grew, I started going out with my friends more.
“But the greatest achievement is still standing up in front of a class of children.”
Way to go girl!
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