The need to lose weight became as clear as mud a year ago for Ros Richardson.
The 51-year old superslimming mum from Cookridge is celebrating shedding five stone – and seven dress sizes – in a year.
Her weight-loss odyssey started when she decided to take part in a fundraising run for charity – and became so dizzy and disoriented that she fell to the ground and ended up covered in mud.
She was so ashamed, and so disappointed to let her daughter down, that she signed up to a Slimming World class the next day.
Daughters Corinna, 18 and Lizzy, 14, inspired her.
“My youngest daughter wanted to run Sport Relief.
“She would have been happy for me to walk it but I wanted to run it,” Ros, a bank worker, recalled of the pivotal moment.
“I was under medication and used to get migraines. It must have been connected to my weight. It made me really dizzy, and I fell in the mud that day. It made me feel I was letting my daughter down.
“So I got a Slimming World leaflet, went that week and never looked back. You’ve got to do if for yourself ultimately,” she said.
Mrs Richardson, from Cookridge, weighed almost 15 stone at her heaviest. At her largest, she was a size 22, but is now a size 8/10
She admits she has had weight issues all her life and to being overweight for the past 30 years.
Her old bad food habits included skipping breakfast, then filling up on cakes and biscuits mid-morning.
“I wasn’t even thinking what I was eating, I wasn’t counting or calculating. I was just eating too much high sugar and high fat food.
“Gradually, over the years, it creeps on.”
Speaking of her family support, which includes husband David, she said: “They gave me the best Mother’s Day present they ever could. They inspired me to lose weight and get healthy.
“I didn’t know what to expect but I have enjoyed it, it’s about making it a way of life now.”
She and her daughters are training to take part in the Leeds Race for Life together in the summer, in memory of her auntie, who died of cancer a few weeks ago.