Lynn Ross of East Dunbartonshire, England, was on a family vacation in Florida when the problem of her weight really began to hit home.
At almost 270 pounds, Ross had difficulty walking and felt uncomfortable in the hot weather. But the final breaking point was when she was too large to get on a the family's mini bus. Her brother had bought a step stool to help her board the bus, but she broke it when trying to get on--and was completely mortified.
"My blood pressure was a wee bit high, mobility was affected, I have arthritis in my knees and needed pain relief to get through the day," Ross told the Daily Mirror. "I stood on the step and broke it. I was so embarrassed and it was at that moment, I knew I had to do something about my size."
And what she did was transform her lifestyle: The 52-year-old joined Weight Watchers and began walking a few nights a week with a a friend. Soon, another friend joined their walks, during which they got in plenty of chit-chat time.
And since making those changes, Ross, a divorced mom of two, has lost almost half her body weight, swapping her size 24 clothes for a slim size 12.
"I feel like a totally different person. I'm a lot happier, a lot healthier and a lot of people don't recognize me now," she said.
And though she reached her goal weight this past November, she's still doing Weight Watchers program, which she said made her feel welcome and "motivated."
In turn, she's definitely motivated us!
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