A superslimmer told how she was ashamed to go outside until she lost over six stone and now, at 50, she’s living rather than existing.
Tina Grendon said after a series of misfortunes she let herself go, before Slimming World saved her.
The Dubliner told the Irish Mirror: “I was so embarrassed when I got so big and I was just a mess.
“I’m a chronic asthmatic and I was on a nebuliser and steroids and the weight piled on.
“The heavier you get the less you want to be seen exercising. I’d go out for a walk at night time so nobody would see me. I was just existing. I was robotic, doing what I needed to.”
The single mum of one said minding her autistic son on her own and losing her family was traumatic.
She added: “My son couldn’t walk or talk until he was five, he was only two when I separated from his father.
“Over the next few years I lost my mother and father in the space of a few months.
“Then my eldest sister passed away in her sleep, so within two years, I had also lost my sister, who was one of my best friends.
“My family had a very bad time over about eight years. I was comfort eating, all of a sudden I was so heavy and I didn’t realise until I stood on the scales.”
Suffering with her mental health did not help her waistline.
Tina said: “I suffer with anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
“I did all the crash diets, I went to the doctor and got diet pills.
“I was a size 12 to 14 all my adult life, suddenly I was size 24 in just two or three years.
“I started eating the wrong things, I’d skip a meal and have a roll with coleslaw on it. It was mostly because of eating the wrong things.
“I don’t eat processed food at all now since joining Slimming World, I’m fully aware of what I’m eating now.
“When I first joined I was 18st 5lbs, I’m only 5ft 3in and in two years I lost 6st 4lb, so I’ve gone back to a size 14 now, I’m now 12st 1lb.”
And changing her relationship with food has been a revelation.
Tina explained: “I make tasty food now in the Slimming World way, I make everything from scratch.
“I’m a different person now, I know what I want in my life and know what I don’t.
“I was 50 in October and I can still put on my skirts above the knee and still put the tan on and love it.
“I live a very humble life. Every night – rain, hail or shine – I go out for a walk with the dogs.
“I was just existing and functioning because I’m a mum, but now I’ve got my life back and I’m living.”