Stephanie Burgess is literally half the woman she used to be.
The 31-year-old mother lost half her body weight - a whopping 12 stone - after piling on the pounds because of health problems and depression.
When her weight ballooned to more than 24 stone she was so distraught she even wrote letters explaining how to care for her children in case she died.
Now, svelte Mrs Burgess has been crowned Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2007 and couldn't be happier.
She said: "My little girl looks back at photos and says, 'Is that mummy before she was fit?'
"My son screamed for about five minutes when he found out I'd won. He's so proud."
Mrs Burgess lives with her husband, Mark, and children, Thomas, eight, and Cerys, four, in Redcar, Cleveland.
She said: "My diet was okay, it was the junk food I was eating secretly that was the problem - sweets and chocolates and crisps."
Mrs Burgess said she started piling on the weight when she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and told by doctors she might never have children.
Her sadness turned to secret comfort-eating behind her husband's back and although she happily gave birth to Thomas and Cerys, Mrs Burgess sunk in to post natal depression and put on even more weight.