FIONA Trotter once struggled to climb a flight of stairs – now the super slimmer is limbering up to trek across the Canadian Rockies.
The 30-year-old from Pennywell has shed more than 11 stones on a quest to turn her life around.
Tipping the scales at 26 and a half stone, she walked into her first Slimming World class at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, in August 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.
Today, at 15st 4lbs, she has a new lease of life and is well on the road to reaching her target of 13 stone.
As well as dropping from a dress size 34/36 to 16/18, she has taken part in feats such as sky-diving 15,000ft and taking on a solo drive of the 2448-mile Route 66 in America – something she never thought possible before.
“I had reached a point where I was really miserable,” she explained. “I had so much pain in my hips and knees because of the pressure on my joints. I moved into a flat which was on the second floor and every time I walked up the stairs, I was really out of breath.
“I hated the way I looked and thought ‘something has to change’.”
Fiona, who works at EDF Energy in Doxford Park, added: “I had a horrendous diet before, but that has completely changed. I did Route 66 last May after I lost eight stone, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I set myself the challenge of getting out there and seeing the world.”
Fiona’s next challenge will be a nine-day trek in The Rockies, hiking for up to six hours a day, next September in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.
“They’ve helped people I know and it’s an amazing cause,” she said. “EDF does a lot of work with the charity and it was there that I saw the posters for the trek, so I thought I’d give it a go.
“I would never have been able to do anything like this before, my weight restricted so much of what I could do. I went to Paris in March and went to the top of Notre Dame, which is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. There were these really narrow passages at the top, which I would never have fitted through before. It’s a small thing, but it made me realise how far I’ve come.”
Fiona, who has also completed a 5k fun run for the charity, added: “I think this worked for me when fad diets haven’t because it doesn’t restrict you. I still have filling home-made meals.”
• Slimming World meets at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke, on Tuesdays at 3.15pm, 5.15pm and 7pm.
• To sponsor Fiona on her trek across The Rockies, visit www.justgiving.com/fiona-trotter
•• Breakfast – Three to four slices of white bread with butter
• Lunch – three ham and cheese rolls with mayonnaise with crisps and chocolate
• Snacks – crisps and chocolate
• Tea – two garlic chicken kievs with chips or a takeaway.
• Breakfast – muesli with berries and a banana
• Lunch – tuna or ham salad
Snacks – fruit and low fat yoghurts
• Tea – chicken breast with vegetables or pasta with tomato sauce of stir-fry