Slinky Sophie Jude lost four stone after being embarrassed by Bridget Jones-style pants
Sophie Jude, 23, lost four stone and dropped from a size 16 to a size eight in just under a year after joining Slimming World in September 2016.
The skincare specialist, who lives in Nottingham, became determined to shed the pounds after suffering an embarrassing mishap on her second date with partner Carl, 33.
After spilling wine on herself, Ms Jude was forced to dry her clothes, including her “big control knickers”, on a radiator.
She said: “We laugh about it now but I was mortified to have to put my big Bridget Jones pants on display.”
Glam Sophie feels much better now she is eating more healthily
The final straw came when she saw a photograph of herself taken on a night out and feared her friends would share it on social media.
She said: “I’ll never forget that photo. It broke my heart.
“I felt so vulnerable that people had this awful picture of me on their phone.
“I knew I’d had enough – I didn’t ever want to feel that way again.”
Mum Sophie won Slimming World’s Miss Slinky award
I’ll never forget that photo. It broke my heart. I felt so vulnerable that people had this awful picture of me on their phone. I knew I’d had enough – I didn’t ever want to feel that way again.
With mum Diane by her side, Ms Jude started attending weekly Slimming World meetings in Beeston just six weeks after the birth of her one-year-old daughter, Vogue.
She swapped big bowls of cereal and chocolate biscuits for porridge and fruit, and now eats jacket potatoes instead of huge baguettes for lunch.
The whole family worked together to cut down on snacking and cook fresh, healthy meals.
Ms Jude, who is 5ft 2in, now weighs 8st 11 and a half Ib, and said her life is “completely different now”.
Sophie used to be mortified by her Bridget Jones style ‘big knickers’
Her mother, 53, is “over the moon” that her daughter has been chosen from among the weight-loss group’s 900,000 members to receive the national title.
Ms Jude struggled with her weight from a young age, and things got worse when she won a scholarship to a performing arts school in London, where there was “a lot of pressure to look a certain way”.
Thinking she would never be accepted in the industry, Ms Jude gave up on her dream of becoming a dancer.
But following her stunning transformation her confidence is “sky high” and she has joined a local dance class.
Sophie has dropped from a size 16 to an 8
The doting mum now feels comfortable going to the gym and is fit enough to run around after her little girl.
She said: “My asthma has improved greatly since losing weight and I’m much more active, with plenty of energy to keep up with an inquisitive one-year-old.”
“If I was still bigger I think I’d feel self-conscious taking Vogue to soft play centres, but now I can go up and down the slides with her without a care in the world.”
Ms Jude said she would recommend joining a weight-loss group to anyone wanting to change their lifestyle.
She added: “The hardest thing is getting through the door.”
Breakfast: Cup of tea with 2 sugars, big bowl of cereal and a couple of chocolate biscuits.
Mid-morning: Chocolate or more biscuits.
Lunch: Shop-bought baguette and a cake, or a ready meal.
Dinner: A takeaway or ready meal.
Evening: A pudding with custard every night – without fail.
Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt or porridge.
Lunch: A jacket potato with salad, or a pasta dish with meat and plenty of veg.
Mid-afternoon: Some seafood sticks or a Slimming World Hi-Fi bar, available in Slimming World groups.
Dinner: Home-made spaghetti bolognaise, home-made burgers and chips or pizza wraps.
Evening: Strawberries with fat-free yogurt and a meringue or a chocolate bar.