A woman who lived on crisps, chocolate and take-aways went on to lose 14 stone in two and a half years.
At her heaviest Abi Wright weighed over 25 stone – but after becoming an aunt, she was given the incentive that she needed to lose weight.
She completely changed her diet and plucked up the courage to start running.
Abi, who lives in Rugby, is taking part in the Virgin London Marathon on April 13 in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
She said: “Running was such a big challenge for me. I was too embarrassed to be seen running on public roads, so I went to a local reservoir and ran there instead.
“Just taking those first running steps was an accomplishment. At first I struggled to run a mile but I kept pushing myself.”
Abi’s efforts eventually paid off, and she is now in training for the 26.2 mile run.
“I love running now,” she said.
“It’s part of who I am. I absolutely love my new healthy life and having the choices I now have motivates me.
“I train six days a week using a programme that I write myself every Sunday.”
Se has a training diary and logs calories burned and miles run. Abi said: “Six days a week seems a lot to many but I train smart. I make sure I have some easier days in there and take those all-important rest days that give your body time to recover and come back stronger.
Follow Abi’s progress as she prepares for the race by reading her blog. Visit www.lungesandlycra.co.uk, or follow her on Twitter via @abiwrightonit.
You can also sponsor Abi through her Just Giving page. Simply go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Abi-Wright2.