‘I LOST 14ST FOR WEDDING’
THIS is the incredible transformation after a grandmother lost a huge 14 stone.
It was her daughter’s wedding in 2012 which drove Gillian Jenkins to start losing weight and saw her swap unhealthy foods, which included drowning desserts in a full pint of cream, to a diet of protein and rice cakes along with regular exercise.
And now the 56-year-old, of Penarth, who once tipped the scales at around 24st 10lb and was a size 30 at her biggest, is a slim size 10. She now weighs around 9st 13lb. The mum-of-two said she used to eat “anything that fitted on a plate”.
A typical day would see her tuck into multiple bacon sandwiches before 10am, a large quarterpounder meal from McDonald’s and a cooked breakfast for dinner.
And she would drown her desserts in a full pint of cream.
She said: “From the time I got up, to the time I would go to bed I would just eat anything and everything.
“I loved bread and cheese, anything savoury. I also used to love cream and literally anything I could have cream with. I would have a pint of it to myself.
“I would use so much my food would be covered in it. “I can’t stand it now.” But the new lifestyle started when her daughter Helen’s upcoming wedding left Gillian fearing she would “embarass” her daughter on the special day.
She said: “I just couldn’t have a photo taken looking like I did.
“Fitting into clothes was a nightmare. I wanted to be a proud mother up there.”
Gillian took up Zumba before getting help from personal trainer Chris Burke at Bodyshaped Gym in Cardiff in 2012.
It’s taken her since 2010 to shift the pounds and she reached her goal weight at Christmas last year.
The incredible transformation has seen her go from being out of breath just walking down the street, to completing 10k races and obstacle courses. She now spends four hours a week working out.
Gillian said: “I feel amazing. It’s like I have been given my life back. I didn’t even realise I could be this small. I have added 30 years to my life span.
“It was really difficult because I was out of breath and I was just so big. I looked ridiculous.
“I had no idea about the gym. I have never been before in my life. I thought a burpee was something you did after food.
“I used to go home from the gym and cry and cry.
“But Chris said ‘Trust me and I will get you there.’ He was so patient.
“I never thought I would even get to a size 14.
“Now I can walk in a normal shop and pick up a size 10 and it will fit.”
Now Gillian is keen to encourage others to have the courage to get fit and lose weight.
She added: “At first I would wear big joggers and shirts. But other people in the gym are not interested in you, they are interested in what they are doing.
“Change your life.”
Gillian Jenkins, from Penarth, lost more than 14 stone in weight