A super-slimming mum who ballooned to nearly 21 stone shed a third of her body weight in just two years – after she swapped sugary snacks for a diet of MUSHY PEAS.
Kim Eyre, 34, tipped the scales at a lardy 20st 9lbs after years of gorging on Greggs sausage rolls, crisps and chocolate bars.
At her heaviest, Kim had a 46in waist and was so large it took her several minutes to walk to her front door.
But the school administrator decided to lose weight after seeing a picture of herself looking tubby with her work colleagues.
She joined Slimming World and swapped sugary snacks and fast food for low-calorie mushy peas which she munches on TWICE a day.
Incredibly, in just two years she lost 8st 6lbs and dropped eight dress sizes.
She now weighs a curvy 12st 3lbs and has gone from a size 28 to a svelte size 12 and 32in waist.
Single mum-of-three Kim, from Carlton, Nottingham, said: “I snack on mushy peas at least twice a day. I love them.
“If I’m hungry when I get home then I’ll have some mushy peas before my dinner.
“I loved mushy peas as a kid, my dad used to take me to a fish and chip shop every week and I would just have these amazing mushy peas.
“So when I started this diet I found some canned mushy peas, just little cans, and they taste just like they did when I was a kid.
“So I snack on them when I feel hungry at home, say before tea, as vegetables are free it means I am not cheating on my diet and they fill me up.
“I decided enough was enough one day in 2011 when I saw a photo of me with some work colleagues.
“I was shocked, I was the biggest in the photo by a long way, I just though, this can’t go on.”
Kim followed the ‘Extra Easy’ diet through
Slimming World which encourages people to fill-up on salad, vegetables and fruit rather than chocolate and sausage rolls.
She added: “Extra easy diet is basically where a lot of foods like potatoes and pasta are ‘free’.
“So you could have a jacket potato with chicken breast but the golden rule is that a third of your plate is filled with ‘super free’ food like salad, vegetables or fruit.
“That really works for me because when I started I could have a large portion with a large side salad and I’ve gradually cut my portions down.
“Before I could have three or four packets of crisps in the car on the way home from work.
“It was a case of ‘no one’s seen me eating them so it doesn’t count’.
“I’d tried to do it before and failed because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
“I went to the weigh-ins and said I wasn’t cheating but I clearly was because I didn’t lose the weight.
“They [her children] are really proud, even with the older one who doesn’t say much, you can tell.
“It nearly choked me up when my daughter gave me a hug and said she could fit her arms around me.
“We all want to lose weight but it’s having the will power to stick to what you need to do.
“I’ve always been the biggest person in the photo.
“I got to the point where I just didn’t like it anymore. I didn’t want my oldest to be embarrassed that I was his mum.
“To be honest I don’t know what happened, this time something just clicked. I was focused and determined.
“I now attend Zumba classes three times a week and go to the gym at least once a week.
“I feel so much fitter.
“My target is 11st 9, then I will have lost nine stone.”
Slimming World leader Debbie Wilson has been working in Nottingham for more than 20 years and says Kim is the biggest weight loser she’s had.
She said: “When she came before she lost a little bit of weight but it always went back on. This time she’s done great.
“She’s completely stuck to the diet. She’s been really organised and determined and I think that’s the key.”