A mum who refused to go on overseas holidays due to fears about her weight has undergone a dramatic transformation dropping seven-and-a-half stone.
“I’d stay down the bottom with the dog and you miss out on things," she added.
It was a health scare that kicked started Mrs Shaw’s incredible transformation, when she realised her size and thyroid issues could lead to other complications.
Mrs Shaw revealed it was her husband who urged her to ask the doctor about sleep apnea during her thyroid check – a suggestion that she initially viewed as laughable.
“I said ‘don’t be stupid, I’m 46.’ The doctor asked me five questions and she said answer and I will tell you at the end. I answered and she said she was going to have to send me for further tests.
“I said you are not putting me in a mask at night at 46. I’ve got three kids and when you look at things like thyroid there is a greater chance of diabetes and cancer.
This was the jolt that she needed to get into shape. Mrs Shaw said she knew that she "needed to do this" and if she was "going to do it [she] had to grab the bull by the horns.”
After that Mrs Shaw joined WeightWatchers, determined to get into shape.
The west Hull woman revealed that initially she struggled to shed the pounds, but it was her group’s coach, Jo Barr, that spurred her onto stop her from falling off the wagon.
“Jo would text me and say ‘don’t give in.’ Some people lose nine pounds in the first week but that’s not realistic for everyone.
"For me in the first weeks it was only a pound and then it was half a pound when everyone else was losing a stone in a month.
“I would be lucky if I lost two and a half pounds but after a couple or months I had gone on holiday and I was still big but I lost one and a half stone."
By tweaking her diet and hitting the gym, Mrs Shaw’s weightloss began to pick up speed.
Now she spends six days per week in the gym and has changed her routine so she can get up earlier to keep healthy.
“I used to come home from work and if I sat down I would be asleep. Usually, I would come in, cook the kids’ dinner then fall asleep and wake up at 9pm.
“I didn’t get a good night’s sleep and that caused a knock on effect. I would hit snooze until the very last moment I had to get up.
"I used to get everything ready the night before so I could get out of bed at the very last minute but now I’m up in the mornings as early as 5.30am because I’m at the gym and when I’m not I’m up at 6.30am."
The mum of three said that she eats three meals a day, changing her portion control to bring her diet into line.
“I don’t snack anymore, You can – and I still can have crisps and chocolate but for me they are the things I used to turn to for comfort and I would eat them in secret," she added.
Mrs Shaw did not say exactly how much she now weighs, but she did reveal that she has dropped from a size 28 to a size 14 since she started her weightloss journey.
Now, she describes herself as "more confident" and has gained a supportive circle of friends.
“I never would have worn a dress because I would never have really gone shopping," she said.
“I no longer have to buy things that cover me – I can buy fitted dresses and I was never able to do that.
“It has changed my life because I’m not stuck in all the time. I would have gone to work, come home, sorted the kids’ dinner out and gone to bed – that was my routine.
“Now I can be selfish. The kids can make their own meals so they can look after themselves and I think it’s good to be selfish. This is my time now and I want to put time and effort into me.”
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