A mum-of-two has transformed her life after embarking on a huge weight loss journey to shed more than 20st.
Tanja Sproson, from Biddulph, originally wore a size 36 but after joining Slimming World five years ago, she is now is a third of the way towards her target weight.
The 51-year-old has lost more than 7st and dropped 12 dress sizes so far, but wants to lose a further 14st to reach her 10st target.
She said: “I would struggle to walk from here to the next lamppost. I would need to use my asthma inhaler for walking up the stairs, sometimes having to stop half way up.
“I do ghost hunts and often wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone.
“I put weight on because I was a lazy eater. I would skip meals and not eat the right food. Some days I wouldn’t eat at all until the evening.
“I would get up, skip breakfast, go out for the day and not eat until I got back as I wouldn’t really eat out. I wouldn’t eat because I wasn’t hungry, but it’s not healthy. ”
Tanja’s health suffered dramatically as a result of her weight, but she is now thrilled she can go into a shop and buy clothes in her size.
She said: “I can now walk from my home into town and buy clothes from Sainsbury’s, which I wasn’t able to do before.
“I am buying the bigger sizes – I wear a size 24 now – but the more weight I lose, the easier buying clothes will be. I’m a lot happier now that I’ve lost weight.”
Bread was one of Tanja’s downfalls, and is something she has tried to cut from her diet on a day-to-day basis.
She said: “Losing weight can be hard if you have a busy lifestyle. I’ve had to cut bread out because I was eating a lot of it. Now I count everything that I eat, and don’t drink as much alcohol as that’s also fattening.”
Tanja is currently self-isolating under the NHS and government guidelines around coronavirus.
Slimming World recently launched virtual meetings, which Tanja is attending from home.
She added: “I’ve bought a set of scales so that I can weigh myself at home – I really like the virtual meetings.
“I love my Slimming World group and the community feel. We are a little family, and it’s amazing. Diane, my consultant, is my sister-in-law – I introduced her to Slimming World and now she’s coaching me!
“For me, Slimming World is like therapy. There is so much support and I can eat as many fruits and vegetables as I want without limit.”