By Charlotte Nisbet
An obese mum has dropped half her body weight after vowing to be fit for her 60th birthday – and now swaps clothes with her teenage daughter.
Jane Unsworth, 60, spent her life feeling insecure about her size 22 frame but found it impossible to stop comfort eating on chocolate and fast food.
The mum-of-one knew she was morbidly obese at 16 stone but it wasn’t until April 2017, two years ahead of her looming 60th birthday, that she decided to change her ways.
Fed up of staring at her shapeless figure in the mirror and feeling like a ‘fat blob’, Jane decided to shift the weight for the sake of her daughter, Maddie, now 18, who has cystic fibrosis.
The serial snacker had spent five decades wearing extra baggy clothes that swamped her frame and her confidence was at rock bottom.
But after signing up to The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, Jane celebrated her 60th birthday last month weighing just 10st 2lbs and said she has never felt better.
The car buyer, from Long Eaton, Derbs, said: “This is the best I’ve ever looked, I’ve finally got my sparkle back.
“Looking at photos of myself aged 30 I can’t believe how old and frumpy I looked.
“I dreaded turning 60 before I lost all my weight, my husband, Karl, 54, who works in sales, threw a surprise party for my 50th which I hated.
“As I’m an older mum, due to falling pregnant aged 42 with Maddie, I always felt as though my age and size embarrassed her.
“I knew I had to change my ways ahead of my 60th birthday, I couldn’t be a fat blob any longer and I knew I needed to be healthy in order to care for her properly.
“My stomach hung over my trousers and every inch of my 5ft 5in frame was covered in extra weight which I tried to hide with baggy t-shirt and trousers.
“Doctors even warned that I could end up paralysed as my extra weight was putting too much strain on my prolapsed spina disks, it was petrifying.”
After two years of dieting, Jane dropped six stone and says her and Maddie – who both now wear a size 10 – share wardrobes at their home.
She is now looking forward to a shopping holiday to Rome this June to celebrate her big birthday.
Jane, who works for Rolls-Royce, said: “Maddie wouldn’t have been seen dead wearing my clothes before I turned 60.
“But now she can’t get enough as they’re all figure-hugging and on trend, we’ll often go shopping on the high-street together.
“I wear tight fitted dresses, tops tucked into my jeans and brightly coloured clothes whenever I can, there’s no stopping me now.
“I look at feel like a different person compared to my 30’s, I never want to go back.
“I’m living my best life now. I’m 60 and there’s no denying I look better now than I ever have.”