A mum-of-two who was so overweight she played Father Christmas shed half her body weight in an incredible transformation.
Caroline Holder, from Ormskirk, lost an incredible 12 and a half stone in just two years by ditching the junk food.
The 41-year-old had a huge appetite and would scoff a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream every night and thought nothing of wolfing down a sharing bag of Maltesers to herself.
At just 5 ft 1", Caroline tipped the scales at 24 and a half stone at her heaviest weight - and was too scared to get on the rides at theme parks in case she 'got stuck'.
Speaking to the ECHO Caroline Holder: "Everything and anything made me want to change.
"I would pile things on the stairs so I would only have to make one trip up.
"I would hold onto the banister and heave myself up the stairs because it was such a struggle.
"If I walked anywhere I would be left out of breath and sweating.
"I would either eat a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream every night or a sharing bag of Maltesers - it was a comfort."
The teaching assistant tried a number of different diets - but none of them ever seemed to work.
At one point the mum-of-two was looking to get a gastric bypass and was referred by her doctor - however she wasn't suitable due to her work commitments.
This was the breaking point for Caroline who decided enough was enough and joined her local Slimming World Group in a last ditch attempt to lose weight.
"I was looking at getting a gastric bypass and was referred by a doctor but it wasn't suitable with work.
"In the past I hit a brick wall and the diets were too much of a quick fix. It all goes on back on and more.
"Slimming World has really changed my life."
Swapping ready meals for healthy cooked food, Caroline went from a triple XL to a size small.
She added: "I used to hate having my pictures being taken.
"I am a Brownie leader and I used to put on a facade that I didn't want to go on rides when we went to theme parks.
"I'd say I used to be a designated bag holder so I wouldn't have to get on.
"I wanted to really, but I probably would get stuck on them.
"Now I am the first on everything - I feel like a teenager."
Caroline's Slimming World consultant, Tina Whewell said: “The changes we’ve seen in Caroline are incredible.
"I hope her success will inspire other people who’d like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits and as a result, become happier and healthier to come and join us.
"There’s a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think, if you start today you could soon feel like a completely new person, just like Caroline.”
Caroline has been awarded Slimming World’s ‘Club 50’ Award which has been specially-created this year to celebrate the company’s 50th birthday and is awarded to those members who have lost an incredible 50 per cent of their starting weight.