A SHEFFIELD mum-of-three is enjoying a new lease of life after shedding more than five stone.
Suzanne Harwood, from Gleadless, decided enough was enough when she was unable to cycle uphill on a family break last summer.
The 33-year-old had struggled with her weight since her teenage years and watched her weight climb to 16st 13lb.
With another trip in the great outdoors planned for Christmas, she vowed to lose enough weight to reach new heights on her bike next time around.
It was then she signed up to weight-loss programme Lighter Life, which puts together tailored programmes and food packs.
Suzanne said: “I’d done a programme in 2007, but when I had my third child I put more weight on again. I’d been unhappy with it since I was a teenager.
“We went to Center Parcs and I could ride a bike, but I couldn’t get up any hills. I was determined after that, I thought I’m going to do it next time.”
The eight-week programme, devised by diet specialists, saw Suzanne attend weekly meetings, where she and other dieters were given food packs with nutritious, portion-controlled meals.
With the help of the group she was able to drop 5st 2lb in less than a year.
And to keep the weight off Suzanne has begun attending the gym three times a week.
“I’d have never even stepped into a gym at the weight I was,” Suzanne said.
It is not just Suzanne who is reaping the benefits of her new-found confidence and improved health.
Her children Lewis, aged 13, Jack, aged eight, and four-year-old Sophie are enjoying having a much more active mother.
She said: “I can do a lot more. I don’t think you notice just how much weight you’re carrying until you lose it. My older son has definitely noticed.
“We’ve just booked to go to Disneyland in May and that’s something I’m really looking forward to. Getting on the rides would have been so hard and uncomfortable before.”