A mum is now a toned picture of health after her holiday snaps horrified her so much she dropped from a size 22 to a size six.
Melissa Mulazimovic, 36, shed over seven and a half stone – nearly half her body weight – and turned herself into a title-winning gym bunny.
She had ballooned to more than 16 and a half stone after a junk food diet that including gulping coca-cola for breakfast.
But the horror of seeing selfies of herself with friends on a beach prompted her change of lifestyle.
And after a complete overhaul of her diet and enlisting the help of a personal trainer – she is now winning body building competitions thanks to her new rippling frame.
Melissa, a mother-of-three, cut out fast food to concentrate on a healthy lifestyle.
With the help of her PT John Stenning, 42, who is known as Woodie, she drew up a plan and the pounds started falling off.
She now weighs in at just over nine stone – a loss of more than seven and a half stone – and developed muscles envied by professional bodybuilders.
Melissa, from Plymouth, Devon, effort have now seen her win the title of Miss Trained Figure at the Mr and Miss Plymouth fitness show.
She said: “I used to eat pizzas, takeaways, chocolate bars, and Coca Cola for breakfast. I wasn’t happy and I kept piling on weight.
“I got to the point where I was mentally and emotionally ready to do something about myself.
“I was on the beach with some friends taking selfies and I was shocked by my size when I looked back at them.
“We were on holiday at the time, on Whitsands Bay in Devon.”
She added: “It took me three years to build up my strength and confidence.
“I was a size 22, I was in an unhappy marriage and I didn’t feel good about myself at all. My confidence was zero.
“But I wanted to do something about it because it wasn’t me and the tiger inside me said, ‘Let’s do this’.”
Melissa described it as a very slow process but one she is thrilled she stuck to.
She added: “I was dreading going to the gym the first time. There were days I had to drag myself out of bed and turned up to the gym looking like a homeless person.
“Now I am so proud of myself; I have put so much work in and I hope I can inspire other ladies, and guys as well.
“It was hard work, but I kept going. My three teenage boys said I could do it.
“I was hungry, tired, a single mum and working full-time, but still I always managed to go to the gym.
“I cried, I was vomiting, and I was in pain – but a good pain.
“I must admit my coach was my rock, be it physically, emotionally, or mentally.
“I’ve got three sons and sometimes it is a nightmare, but I never gave up. Even the strongest person gets to their weakest point. If you let it win you will go back downhill.
“I could not imagine a life without a gym now. If someone gave me £1million to stop going to the gym I would tell them to keep it.
“You have to be mentally strong and prepared for this. You see amazing changes and you just have to adapt to it.”