By Charlotte Nisbet
A stunning woman was left red faced when discovering the ‘holes in her armpits’ were actually her armpits after dropping 11 stone.
Laura Parkes, 28, had spent her entire life battling obesity and had never felt ‘holes’ under her arms until earlier this year.
Concerned, Laura contemplated booking a doctor’s appointment to query the mystery holes and it wasn’t until her mum, Nichole, 50, told her they were armpits, that she finally stopped worrying.
Laura and her mum, Nichole, both began losing weight last year after vowing to finally change their eating habits once and for all.
The pair lost over six stone each in one year and Laura, who once weighed 24 stone, is now the thinnest she’s ever been and couldn’t be more proud she finally has armpits.
Laura, a property surveyor, from Nottingham, said: “I’d been chubby my whole life but the most I’d ever weighed was 24 stone.
“I’d never had gaps under my armpits before so when I suddenly lost a lot of weight last year I was shocked when I felt a hole.
“I thought it was a hole and I was genuinely concerned until I showed my mum and she started laughing, explaining it was just a normal armpit.
“I’d been so big my entire life that I’d always had my excess weight filling the ‘hole.’
“When I first felt the hole under my arm I was actually concerned, I had no idea what it was.
“I did see the funny side when I was told it was completely normal, thankfully I didn’t go to the doctors with it and asked my mum first as that would have been very embarrassing.”
At her biggest Laura wore a dress size 28 and was even removed from a ride at Alton Towers as she was unable to strap the belt around her.
Ashamed, Laura then went on to lose five stone on her own before starting a diet with her mum, Nichole, last year.
Nichole, who joined Cambridge Weight Plan, lost 6st 6lbs and Laura, who precooked her meals and visited the gym regularly, also lost 6st 6lbs.
Laura added: “I now weigh 13st 1lb which is lighter than I have ever weighed in my life.
“I look in the mirror now and it’s still strange knowing it’s me, my legs looks completely different and I actually have collar bones now.
“I’m such a greedy person so I hope my story shows that if I can lose weight, anyone can.
“I focused on cutting down my portion sizes whereas my mum focused on following the Cambridge Weight Plan diet.
“It just goes to show that both can work equally well as we’ve lost the exact same amount of weight.
“My mum’s started at 19st 12lbs and now weighs just 12lb 10lb, she has done amazingly well.
“We are so proud of ourselves and I’m so thankful I now know what an armpit actually feels like.”
Before their weightloss journeys both Nichole and Laura lived off fast food and unhealthy snacks.
Laura added: “I wouldn’t think twice about having two McDonald’s in one day.
“I never drank water and would just have fizzy drinks instead.
“I’ve completely changed my lifestyle now, I drink three litres of water per day and will have salads for lunch and much smaller portions for dinner.
“I feel like a new person and after I lost another stone, I will be at my goal weight.
“My partner, Mark, 29, has been a huge help too as he’s into bodybuilding has helped me understand how to use the gym.”