Sticking her head out of the resort room window, Jayne Johnson felt as if she was suffocating as she struggled to catch her breath.
After years of calorific takeaways and chocolate binges, bridal hairdresser Jayne was 21 stone, the heaviest she had ever been.
With a BMI of 51, and a measurement 26, the additional weight was making her critically unwell and when styling a shopper’s hair left her gasping for breath, she knew one thing was terribly incorrect.
Grazing on junk meals between appointments and consuming takeaways 5 instances per week meant she was getting by way of 3,000 energy a day.
It wasn’t till Jayne bought a ache in her leg that docs found her lungs have been in reality riddled with blood clots. It was the shock wake-up name she wanted to lastly slim down.
Now, simply over a yr on from her well being scare, Jayne, 47, has misplaced 8st 4lb, dropped seven costume sizes and says she is fortunate to be alive.
The mum of 4 grown up youngsters, who lives in Cromer, Norwich, with husband Patrick, 49, says: “I’ve tried all kinds of various diets through the years however every time I misplaced weight, I put all of it again on once more and extra.
“Chocolate was my greatest weak point, and I had no portion management. I bought by way of two litres of fizzy pop a day which made me even hungrier.
“Folks informed me I wore good garments for an enormous woman or that I used to be fortunate I had a fats face as a result of it meant I didn’t have wrinkles.
“Though I smiled and tried to shrug it off, the feedback damage.”
In July 2018 Jayne had simply bought again from a vacation to Crete when she bought stabbing pains her left leg.
When it grew to become so painful she struggled to stroll, she was referred an orthopaedic advisor.
“A few days later, I used to be gasping for breath, so Patrick drove me to hospital,” explains Jayne.
A CT scan discovered a Deep Vein Thrombosis in her leg had travelled to each her lungs and so they have been filled with blood clots (Pulmonary embolisms) which defined why she was breathless.
Jayne was given blood thinners and informed to relaxation however being caught at dwelling all day meant she turned to meals.
She stated: “Though I used to be massively obese, I nonetheless couldn’t cease myself consuming by way of boredom.
“Over the subsequent few months, I piled on extra weight and at my heaviest, I used to be as much as 21 stone. I couldn’t get by way of a bride’s hair with out stopping to stay my head out of the window for air.
“I used to be continuously out and in of hospital needing oxygen.”
Jayne’s well being went from unhealthy to worse and after having a TIA – a mini stroke – she was identified with sleep apnoea, a situation linked to weight problems.
She stated: “I awakened someday with muddled speech and I’d misplaced feeling on one facet. Then I started waking up within the night time choking. I needed to put on a masks to manage my respiration which was very uncomfortable.
“Regardless of all the things, I used to be in denial. Though I used to be very poorly I attempted to persuade myself my well being points had nothing to do with my measurement.”
It was in July final yr when a physician informed Jayne she was risking her life as a result of she was so obese.
Jayne defined: “It bought so unhealthy it felt like my chest was caving in. The advisor defined how my weight was killing me and if I didn’t do one thing, I might die.
“It was arduous to listen to, however I knew I couldn’t keep on.”
Final October, Jayne signed up with the Cambridge Weight Plan and swapped takeaways and chocolate for 200-calorie soups, smoothies and snack bars.
She managed to lose 17lb within the first week.
Jayne stated: “I used to be on a strict food regimen of 800 energy a day however I caught at it as a result of I wished fast outcomes. It was powerful at first however because the kilos got here off, it motivated me to maintain going.
“I misplaced 5st in 12 weeks and as my weight dropped, my respiration felt simpler and my vitality slowly returned.”
Now Jayne weighs 12st 12lbs, has shed 67 inches and is a curvy measurement 12.
She stated: “I really feel unimaginable and I once I look again on photographs, I can’t consider it’s the identical girl.
“The clots on my lungs have gone and my sleep apnoea is cured. Patrick says it’s like having a brand new spouse and I like swapping garments with my 20-year-old twin daughters Katie and Sophie.
“I’ve had Facebook messages from ladies telling me how a lot I encourage them, so I’ve now change into a CWP advisor. Whether or not individuals come to eager to lose one stone or ten, I’m keen about serving to them obtain their targets.
“I’ve swapped cocktails for mocktails, fizzy drinks for flavoured water and I minimize my day by day chocolate deal with into small cubes, so that they last more.
“I’m more healthy and happier than I’ve ever been. My solely remorse will not be doing it sooner.”