At her heaviest, Katrina Wright wore a UK size 24 when she tipped the scales at 22st 6lbs.
The 40-year-old, from east London, tried plenty of weight loss methods, although nothing ever worked.
But after a “shocking incident” with her son Brandan, five, Katrina knew it was time to lose weight.
Since her transformation, she feels confident and ready to share her weight loss success with a special someone.
“It’s time for dating – a little love would be nice”
She said: “I’m enjoying my new life and new me so much, I want to share it with someone.
“I’m in the best place physically and mentally to enter into a relationship with someone.
“So yes, it’s time for dating – a little love would be nice.”
Two years ago, Katrina, a former sexual health and counselling referrals advisor, weighed 21st 1lb.
She claims her mum put her on her first diet at the age of eight and tried almost every method to lose weight.
But it was an incident with her son which forced her to face up to the fact that she had to make a difference.
Katrina added: “My health was suffering – I was 22st 6lbs at my heaviest – and I had so many reasons to motivate me to lose weight
“My youngest son Brandan (now five) was three when he ran off and ran out into the road.
“I was terrified and tried to run out to get to him, but I wasn’t fast enough – because of my weight.
“It’s a busy road but, luckily, there were no cars coming. Had there been it would have been a very different story and it shocked me.”
A month after the incident, Katrina took out a loan to have weight loss surgery.
She underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (also known as a gastric sleeve) which removed 80% off her stomach.
This procedure also meant she had to make changes to her diet including switching to complex carbs, leafy greens and salads to improve her gut health.
“The operation was scary because it’s a big deal, and yet exciting – but it pushed me into educating myself,” she explained.
She continued: “I had to eat smaller portions and use smaller plates – before I would pile food on my plate and I had big dinner plates – I had to eat more mindfully, especially just after the surgery, but now too as, over time, it becomes less restrictive.
“If I eat too fast or too much I feel sick or get hiccups. It was hard to adjust after surgery because I was still wanting to eat the same in my head.”
Now the mum weighs just 10st 2lbs and no longer suffers from aches and pains in her knees and back.
And her diet has changed dramatically as Katrina eats a lot more healthy foods.
She concluded: “I have got my health back, I can move! And now I’m the mum who plays in the park and goes for walks, not the mum who sits on the couch and watches TV, and even my kids.
“Having focused on my eating I’m now going to concentrate on my fitness and do more exercise.
“I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I’m loving my life now. The surgery has saved it!
“So now I’m also looking to find some to share it with and, finally, I have the confidence to do that!”
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