A woman used her annual leave to kickstart her weight loss and drop six stone (38kg).
Kelly Rogers, 45, slimmed down by six dress sizes after booking off every Friday as annual leave for 12 weeks straight.
The mum-of-two says she piled on the pounds as she would regularly eat second helpings and partake in boozy weekends.
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At 18 stone (114kg) and a size 24, Rogers vowed to ditch fad diets and join a weight loss group, fully committing to her plan to shed the pounds.
"I knew I had to make a change," the single mum from Swansea says. "I completely changed my eating habits and banished the weekend drinking binges. I even enrolled in a local weight loss group which I booked time off work every Friday to attend.
"In the first week, I lost 8lbs which made me determined to lose more. I even took up boxing at the gym where my son works and the weight started dropping off me.
"It's amazing to think how far taking those annual leave days have taken me. Having that extra day, just to myself to focus on my weight loss made the world of difference."
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Rogers now weighs 11st 8lbs (75g) and wears size 10 clothing. Before her weight loss, she said she would make homemade meals like bolognese and curry but would often find herself having multiple portions.
"I've never had a sweet tooth but if there were leftovers, I'd have to finish them and I'd be eating double and sometimes triple portions," she explains.
"I've always been a working mum, so I'd want to make the most of the weekends with the kids which meant McDonald's or getting a takeaway in."
Rogers decided to make the change in December 2021 after an indulgent Christmas. Within the first three months, she had lost four stone (25kg). By the end of 2022, she had lost six stone (38kg) and go down six dress sizes.
"I feel great and when the weekend comes around, I don't even think about having lots of wine," she says. "My weekends are built around eating nutritious food and good habits like going to the gym or long walks with friends.
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"On the odd occasion when I do have a drink, I opt for something low-calorie like gin and slimline tonic instead of wine. Instead of greasy bacon butties on Saturday mornings, I have omelettes or boiled eggs with mushrooms and spinach.
"My kids say they're proud of me and I'm glad I'm making them proud. I feel incredible and I feel proud of the lifestyle I've been able to create. I can't wait to become a gran in August and run around with my grandchild when they're older."
Additional reporting by SWNS.