A mother-of-two who feared she would not live to see her children grow up has lost more than half her body weight to be named Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2012.
Claire Alsop, 31, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, ballooned to 21st 9lb and a dress size 26/28 after having her two children, Noah, six, and four-year-old Ruby.
She has lost a total of 11st 7.5lb since joining her local Slimming World club in January 2011 - despite being constantly surrounded by the celebration cakes she bakes for her friends and family.
Ms Alsop said her weight was beginning to cause her problems with her health and made her worry about the future.
Ms Alsop joined the Brinsworth Slimming World group with a friend after trying numerous other diets and meal replacement plans without success.
She lost 8lb in her first week and has since slimmed down to 10st 1.5lb and a dress size 10/12.
She said she has even been able to continue baking cakes without it affecting her weight loss.
Ms Alsop said her weight loss has transformed her family life - allowing her to be more active with her children and seeing her husband Paul, 30, also losing weight.
She has taken up running and took part in a 10km race for a local cancer charity.