When docs advised Jennifer Baxter that her weight put her at elevated danger of great sickness or dying if she caught Covid, she knew one thing needed to change.
The considered leaving her two younger kids, aged two and 11, with out a mum “terrified” her.
And after years of feeling embarrassed, ashamed and restricted by her physique, the surprising actuality pushed her to make a change that’s now inspiring folks world wide.
The 31-year-old, from Walker, began sharing her weight reduction journey on social media to maintain herself motivated and maintain herself accountable for her physique.
However a TikTok video of her unbelievable 6st 1lb weight reduction has since acquired over 1.3 million views.
Jennifer mentioned: “I’m a carer to my son who has particular wants, and the considered leaving him behind because of my very own selfishness simply flicked a swap inside my head.
“I knew I wished to shift the load as rapidly as I might and that’s the way it all started.”
Earlier than she began her weight reduction journey, Jennifer weighed 19st 9lb and mentioned she was ashamed and embarrassed of the individual she noticed within the mirror.
She would conceal in her measurement 22 determine underneath layers of garments, even throughout scorching, sunny days.
And she or he would act additional pleased and loud to try to disguise her true emotions.
Jennifer added: “I had misplaced all of my confidence and was stopping myself from taking any alternative that might come up, as I might be too self-conscious.
“I at all times thought that folks would choose me in the event that they noticed me. It stopped me from going to events, taking new jobs, going to public occasions and plenty of different issues.
“I felt restricted, depressed and anxious the entire time.”
And now she has over 10,000 followers and commonly receives messages from individuals who she has impressed together with her story.
Jennifer, who works as a authorized advisor, mentioned: “Some folks have messaged me saying that they’re feeling so depressed and have nobody else who understands what they’re going via.
“I understand how individuals are feeling and I’m able to put myself of their sneakers.
“To start with I had each excuse that you might probably think about, and I understand how straightforward it’s to simply proceed to be sad as a result of that’s your regular.
“I’ve been that woman, the one who feels misplaced and would not know who to show to, and I like the sensation that I’m the one that helps them via among the most tough instances of their lives.”
Jennifer has slimmed from a measurement 22 to a measurement 12 by sticking to a calorie deficit and common train.
She has ditched her outdated consuming habits for a extra various weight loss plan and not skips breakfast and lunch, which she would change with snacks if and when she was hungry.
The mum-of-two presently weighs 13st 8lb and want to lose an extra 10kg to fulfill her goal weight.
And she or he has achieved her outcomes with the assistance of a diet and coaching plan from Meals 4 Ideas, which is co-founded by former Love Island contestant Scott Thomas.
Jennifer, who’s now an envoy for Meals 4 Ideas, mentioned: “I attempted to chop out the chocolate, biscuits and cheese, however I discovered it so tough and it did not take me lengthy to slide again into dangerous habits.
“It was one night in August after I was on Instagram after I noticed a publish on Scott Thomas’ wall speaking about how he had modified his life for the higher with diet.
“It seems that clicking on that story was step one in altering my life too.”
She added: “I do not see myself as an inspiration in any respect and I do not assume I ever will. I’m simply an extraordinary woman from Newcastle.
“But when I could make one different individual really feel higher about themselves than it makes all of it worthwhile.”