A super-slimmer who dropped six dress sizes has told how she keeps this gory photo of surgeons clutching ONE STONE of her skin as a reminder of the remarkable achievement.
Lisa Jackson, 29, topped the scales at 24 stones thanks to her six-a-day Coca-Cola habit which saw her clock up a whopping 800 calories in drinks alone.
She hit the gym and slimmed down – but still struggled with her appearance due to the excess skin left behind from her extreme weight loss.
Surgeons spent SIX hours giving her a £9,000 tummy tuck and the nurse took a photo of medics holding up all the skin they had taken away.
Now Lisa feels confident in a bikini and keeps the photo on her phone as a reminder of how far she has come.
The area manager, from County Durham, said: “After working so hard to lose half my bodyweight, finding my dream man and getting a taut flat belly is the icing on the cake.
“I was absolutely amazed by the skin removal picture. I didn’t ask doctors to take it but now I’m glad they did.
“I keep it on my phone and look at it as a reminder of how hard I worked and how much I went to achieve my dream body.”
“Most people would look at it and be disgusted – but for me it’s a reminder of what I’ve done.”
Standing at 5ft8, Lisa admits she spent her late teens overindulging in junk food combined with a lack of exercise.
On a standard day, she would eat toast, a chip butty and large home-cooked meal, along with crisps and chocolate stacks, all washed down with six cans of full fat Coca-Cola.
In 2007, she got into a relationship but tells how cosy nights in and dates with her partner contributed towards her weight gain.
By 2013, aged 25, Lisa had ballooned to 25 stone and a size 24, and was considered Lisa was considered morbidly obese with a BMI of 53.2.
It wasn’t until she saw a picture of herself with a slim friend February 2013 did she realise how large she was – and she decided to lose weight one and for all.
In March 2013, Lisa started eating fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch and chicken breast with sweet potato for dinner, and swapped coke for water.
Lisa also joined a local Zumba class and shed two stone in just six weeks, taking her to 23 stone.
She started going to the gym, would do up to three classes in a day.
Lisa tells how time spent at the gym caused a rift in her relationship leaving her no time for her then-partner of eight years, and in 2015 they split.
By March 2015, Lisa had hit 13 stone – but still struggled with her appearance due to the excess skin left behind from her extreme weight loss.
Newly single, Lisa went for an Abdominoplasty consultation with Harley Medical in London in March and was told surgery would cost £9,000.
With financial help from her parents and savings, she booked the surgery, but carried on going to the gym daily in the five-month wait until the surgery in July.
That month she met fellow gym goer Ryan Atkinson, 27, a warehouse worker, while doing weights, and he invited her to train with him and a pal.
Ryan admired Lisa’s huge weight-loss and the pair started working out together six times a week and started officially dating in August.
That same month, on the week of her scheduled operation, she told Ryan what she planned to do and he said he ‘loved her whether she had surgery or not’.
Lisa then went under the knife in the six-hour surgery.
During the surgery, a stone of skin was cut away from her belly – including her belly button – and the remaining skin was stitched together and the belly button re-attached.
A nurse took a picture of a surgeon holding up all the skin that they had taken away from her body.
Three days later Lisa was discharged and was left with a flat stomach – and a scar running from hip to hip and up to her breasts.
Now – 17 months on from the surgery – Lisa feels confident with her clothes off in a bikini.
What’s more, her relationship with Ryan is going from strength to strength – the pair visit the gym together every day and are now planning to buy a house together.
Lisa adds: “The photo is a reminder of how I turned my life around, Whenever I doubt myself, I look at that and know I can do anything.”
Breakfast: Three slices of toast – with a can of coke rather than a cup of tea…
Lunch: chip butty
Dinner: Pasta or pizza
Drinks: Coke – about six cans a day
Snacks: Chocolate, crisps
Breakfast: a bowl of fruit, natural yoghurt, nuts and black tea.
Lunch: tuna salad
Dinner: chicken breast, rice sweet potato
Snacks: nuts, good for you naked bar, natural yoghurt
Exercise: Weights and cardio six times a week