A SUPER-SLIMMER looks unrecognisable after a man told her “you’d be pretty if you weren’t fat”.
At her heaviest, Claire Murray tipped the scales at 24st before her
The 35-year-old’s diet consisted of sausage rolls and crisps which led her to pile on the pounds.
It wasn’t until she struggled to fit into a plane seat on a girls holiday in Turkey when she vowed to change.
She began running and spinning at the gym, which helped her shed 9st in a matter of ten months.
Then it inspired Claire, from Glasgow, Scotland, to apply for a job at the gym, which helped her to lose three more stone.
“I was bingeing on savoury and fatty foods”
She said: “I was bingeing on savoury and fatty foods. One man even said ‘you would look so pretty if weren’t fat’.
“I never thought I weighed that much and completely ignored it until I went on holiday.
“I boarded the plane on holiday in June 2015 to Turkey with two of my friends but to my horror – I couldn’t barely squeeze my bum into the plane seat.
“It was at that moment that I thought to myself that I needed to change my habits and I desperately needed the urge to join the gym.
“I absolutely love my body now and I now inspire others to help them shed the pounds.
“This is the hardest thing I ever done in my life – but I don’t regret a minute of it.”
WEIGHT LOSS: Claire Murray tipped the scales at 24st
BEFORE: The 35-year-old used to eat sausage rolls and crisps
After six months, Claire began jogging at 4.30am and a second run after work.
Followed by her jogging, she attended a one-hour spin class.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was shedding all of this weight and my body shape began to change drastically,” Claire said.
“I felt like I was on winning weight streak and the exercise was having a big impact.”
TRANSFORMATION: Now Claire is working at her local Anytime Fitness gym
UNRECOGNISABLE: She lost 14st after a struggle to fit into a plane seat
But she was struggling to lose more weight due to excess skin and her GP said surgery was the only option.
She continued: “I felt uncomfortable inside because of the appearance.
“When my GP said that surgery would be the only option, I was extremely determined to get this done.
“My parents warned me how serious the operation was but I really wanted to see an improvement to my body.”
Claire paid £6,000 to have a seven-hour tummy tuck at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen in June 2016.
EMBARRASSED: She was humiliated when she couldn’t fit into a plane seat
She was impressed by the results and started doing five days a week of resistance training focusing on free weights and deadlifts.
Claire – who landed her job as a general manager of Anytime Fitness – said: “I felt extremely good and it was how I was shaping my body – my confidence kept growing all of the time.
“After three months, I could deadlift 120kg and now look super fit.
“It was a hard process but showing off my physique and how I embraced my body managed to help me secure my dream job.
“My secret is a healthy balanced diet – a clean protein source such as chicken and steak.”