A woman whose life has been transformed by losing an incredible 11 stone 10lbs in weight has been inspired to help others slim down.
Laura Colquhoun was 26 stone, but after her dramatic weight loss she is now 14 stone 4lbs - and has dropped from a size 26/28 to a size 12.
The turning point for Laura (31) came when she went on holiday with friends and the seatbelt on the plane didn’t fit.
Her mum encouraged her to join Slimming World after following the plan herself.
That was just over four years ago, and Laura hasn’t looked back since.
She admits the weight loss has changed her life and even her career. Laura decided to set up her own Slimming World class to help others reach their goals.
She said: “I had always been heavy and a few years ago I was in a car accident. After that I put on nearly five stone. I didn’t go out the house much.
“When I started getting back to being myself again, I didn’t realise how much weight I had put on. I decided something needed to be done.
“After the seatbelt didn’t fit on the plane going on holiday, my mum encouraged me to join Slimming World.
“It changes your lifestyle and eating habits.
“I had done other diets before, but was only losing a stone or two and they never worked.
“I went to Slimming World with the intention that I would try it and see how it goes. I never set a target and I had so much weight to lose.
“Once I started losing lots of weight, I thought this is something I can do.”
Once Laura lost around six stone, she started exercising by attending zumba class and now works out six times a week.
Another achievement is that she learned how to drive and is looking forward to a beach holiday.
She added: “It’s completely changed my life. I worked in home care, but decided to become a consultant for Slimming World and run a class in Lambhill.
“I’m loving it and it’s great to see how it’s changing other people’s lives.
“The plan is easy to follow and you can still have normal food, like curry and things like that. It’s something the whole family can follow, you don’t need to have a separate meal. I lost 11lbs in one week.”
Laura, from Balornock, is still a member of Slimming World herself and wants to lost another half a stone to reach her target.
She is also enjoying buying new clothes. She added: “I used to buy things because they fitted me, but I can now buy them because I like them.”