MUM Tanya Oliver-Grieves is half the woman she used to be – thanks to a computer game system.
The 31-year-old began to pile on the pounds and became morbidly obese several years ago after suffering from depression.
But Tanya says buying a Nintendo Wii helped begin her fight against the flab and now she has lost more than eight stones.
Tanya, of Larkfield Crescent, Shiney Row, explained: “I was morbidly obese at one point and my BMI (Body Mass Index) was over 40.
“I was a size 26 in clothes and well over 18 stone in weight.
“I was really depressed and I’d tried everything to lose weight.”
It was one day when she saw her youngest son Tyler, now four, walk for the first time that she decided to do something about her weight.
She added: “My little boy was starting to walk and I struggled to get off the couch.
“It made me think “what if he falls over and I can’t get there to pick him up?”
Tanya credits playing on the Wii for just a few hours per week as the perfect start for her weight loss regime.
“I bought myself a Wii Fit and I probably only used it for a few minutes a day.
“But I started going on walks as well, then I joined Weight Watchers.
“I’m not saying I didn’t lose some weight doing other diets but this was much better.”
Tanya, married to electrical engineer Wayne, 41, and also mum to Daniel, six, is hoping to inspire others who want to lose weight.
She is holding a seminar to tell her story.
“What’s happened has changed my life and there are so many people out there who crave some help but don’t know where to find it,” said Tanya.
“It might be the wrong thing to say but I felt like I was trapped in a fat woman’s body.
“Now I just want to help make people healthy and happy.”
Tanya’s seminar will be on Monday, October 24, at Herrington YMCA, starting at 6.15pm.