a 66-year-old says she can now join in her grandchildren’s games after losing half her body weight.
Lesley Leathley has shed a massive 10 stones and says her life has completely changed.
The grandma from Morley, Leeds, has slimmed from almost 21 stones to 11 stones in two years.
She has ditched the walking sticks she used to need, overcome health problems and is determined to lose the final amount to reach her target weight.
Lesley said: “I feel brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
“It’s given me my confidence back. I have my life back.”
She said she had struggled with her weight throughout adult life, trying many different diets.
But the pounds really piled on when her two children left home and she stopped making proper meals for herself.
“I’d just have quick food like sandwiches and bacon and eggs in lots of oil, I didn’t see the point of making a full dinner just for me,” she said.
However her size started to affect her life – at work as an engineer for a firm making prosthetic limbs, she had to be measured for a bigger chair.
And she had an embarrassing moment when swimming and a lifeguard tried to help her out of the pool, but her weight pulled him into the water.
“I was mortified and vowed this would never happen again,” she said.
After her weight started to prevent her from socialising, and she realised she wanted to enjoy her retirement, she signed up for Slimming World.
Lesley said she “never looked back” after her first session, though she admits it was difficult to start with.
Now, almost two years on, she has slimmed from a size 32 to a 14/16 and hopes to reach her target weight of 10st 13lbs next week.
And she can now play outside with her four grandchildren.
“They think it’s brilliant because I can kick a ball with them,” she added.
“I can actually enjoy my retirement now.”
Lesley has also won a Slimming World competition and is due to go through to the semi finals next month.
* Lesley’s Slimming World group is at All Saints Church, Elland Road, Churwell, Morley.