A mother horrified by her appearance on last year’s Christmas photos now happily poses for the camera – after spilling almost seven stones.
Claire Druce, 40, got a shock when she asked her 40-year-old partner Paul Jones to send her the 2020 family photos.
She found she had become obese since the couple’s oldest child, Jack, was born in 2012 – and says her looks made her “depressed”.
It was at this point that Claire decided to give up her sugary cups of tea, pumpkins, candy, and junk food.
She ate brown carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables, and also switched from lying on the sofa between meals to walking 10 km a day.
In the past 12 months, the home mother of four, Claire, from Telford, Shropshire, has dropped from 19 to 12 stones. 5.
And she said she was now excited to appear in this year’s Christmas photos – a size 12 instead of her previous size 22.
She said, “I’m just so excited to be in the Christmas pictures this year: I feel so much better.
“Now I create memories that I cherish and that make me feel good. I knew I used to be big, but I didn’t know how bad it was.
“I felt terrible when I realized that I was actually morbidly obese. I just look huge in these pictures: I was really shocked.”
Claire was unhappy with her weight for almost nine years, so she avoided being photographed and didn’t leave the house often.
She was shocked to see her size in pictures building a grotto and watching the children Jack, nine, Eve, six, Isabelle, four, and Amelia, one, open their presents.
Then in February she searched the NHS website for her weight – 19 stones – and found that she was officially morbidly obese.
So she decided to act – and couldn’t be happier now.
Claire used to drink seven cups of tea a day with five spoonfuls of sugar each, now she only quenches her thirst with water.
She used to eat a double serving of Frosties for breakfast, followed by three KitKats or a whole packet of biscuits as a snack.
She ate a whole baguette of ham, cheese, and chips for lunch, then chocolate until dinner – if she ate double servings of a simple meal from the freezer or take away at least three times a week.
In addition to her sugary teas, Claire also swallowed six liters of double concentrated whole sugar pumpkin a week, two families who share bags of candy or huge bars of Cadbury’s chocolate and chips, cookies or popcorn.
Now she enjoys a serving of granola or muesli for breakfast, a flatbread and salad for lunch, and brown carbohydrates like pasta and rice for dinner.
She has run out of caffeine and has left out sugar, except for a fun pack of her favorite chocolate buttons that evening
And she also makes sure that the recommended portions and snacks for fruits and vegetables are adhered to.
Claire bought an elliptical machine on Facebook for £ 20 in February, lost her first rock in April, and felt fit enough to leave the house for two-mile walks.
Now she pushes Amelia in the stroller for two five-kilometer walks a day.
She said: “It’s so sad: there are very few pictures of me and the children. I was really depressed by these Christmas pictures.
“I was 14 years old when Jack was born and I’ve just gotten bigger. Something clicked inside me when I saw these photos.
“I didn’t want the children to remember that I was like this. I just stopped eating all the snacks and sugar and started walking.
“I did everything naturally. I just want people to know that you can get fitter and eat well without spending a fortune or having an operation. “
The family still spends about £ 150 a week, but everything is now on healthy eating instead of junk food, Claire said.
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