BULGING Bernie Trotman feared she might never hold her own grandchild.
So the 48-year-old knew it was time to shed the pounds when her daughter announced she was pregnant.
Bernie wanted to be able to lavish her first grandchild with love but knew if she stayed at her 18st weight, she would never be able to pick him up.
“My knees were really painful,” Bernie, of Windermere Street, Grangetown, said.
“Before my grandson was born, I couldn’t even get up off the chair without holding both arms. I just couldn’t put any weight on them.
“I thought to myself, what am I going to be able to do if I’m holding my grandson? That really gave me the incentive.
“It was a big thing him coming along and that really spurred me on.”
When Oliver, now two, was born, Bernie started shifting the weight, losing two stone herself before she signed up to a Slimming World class.
Since joining in January 2010, Bernie has slimmed down to 10st 7lbs and is enjoying leading a fit and healthy life.
Now her determination and hard work has paid off after being crowned Woman of the Year at the Valley Road group.
And she has made it through to the regional finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year, with the winner set to be revealed later this month.
Bernie, a housewife, said: “It’s great now because I don’t get any pain.
“I’m a lot more mobile and I can run around after Oliver.
“He was my inspiration and without him I wouldn’t have this new lease of life.
“With another grandchild on the way in December, I’ll have two of them keeping us fit.”