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Size 28 woman addicted to chips loses so much weight husband doesn't recognise her in supermarket car park

Mirror logo Mirror 20/07/2017 Rosa McMahon

Audrey Gordon, pictured before her weight loss, ate chips with every meal (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Audrey Gordon, pictured before her weight loss, ate chips with every meal (Image: PA Real Life) A size 28 woman who was addicted to chips lost so much weight her husband didn't recognise her in a supermarket car park. 

Audrey Gordon's weight ballooned to 23st but she vowed to slim down after she was unable to fasten her seatbelt on a plane, leaving her "mortified".

When she was at her heaviest she was consuming 3,000 calories a day - a third more than the NHS' recommendation of 2,000.

The 52-year-old now feels "amazing" after changing her eating habits and shedding almost 12st.

Audrey told how she was left shocked when her husband, Bill, had to do a double take as she walked towards him outside a supermarket.

Audrey weight ballooned to 23st before she vowed to slim down © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Audrey weight ballooned to 23st before she vowed to slim down Now a svelte size 12, weighing 11st 13lb, she said: "I feel amazing and look so different. My husband didn't even recognise me when we were out shopping.

"He thought I was someone else walking towards the car and was shocked when he realised it was me.

"He's been so used to me being bigger that it came as quite a shock to see me, out in public, as I am."

Audrey, of Dundee, Scotland, said she was always a "big girl" but took her size in stride.

The former Dundee City Council worker yo-yo dieted for most of her life but struggled to lose weight and hated her body.

She said: "I always put on a smiley face, pretending I was happy.

"I was a real party girl, organising nights out for my team at the council but, deep down, I didn't like myself and how I looked."

It was after she contracted Ménière's disease, a rare condition that affects the inner ear, on her honeymoon in Majorca in 2004, when her weight really soared.

The 52-year-old is now a svelte size 12, weighing 11st 13lb © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The 52-year-old is now a svelte size 12, weighing 11st 13lb The couple got married in Florida after meeting on an online pen-pal site in 2000.

Audrey later developed ME, a chronic fatigue syndrome, forcing her to quit work two years later, in 2006.

After becoming depressed, she barely left the house and comfort ate.

Before Audrey's weight loss, she would eat cheese on toast for breakfast, have a cheese and ham roll for a mid-morning snack, a shop-bought sandwich with crisps and chocolate for lunch, chicken and chips for dinner, then eating more toast and crisps, before going to bed.

She said: "I must have eaten around 3,000 calories a day. I did try to lose weight by joining different slimming classes, but it never seemed to do any good.

Audrey on holiday in Majorca last year as she continued to lose weight (Image: PA Real Life) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Audrey on holiday in Majorca last year as she continued to lose weight (Image: PA Real Life) "I'd eat really unhealthy food all the time and would have chips every day of the week.

"I wouldn't be bothered what I was eating, how healthy it was or how many calories were in each meal.

"It would either be chips from the chippy or just the oven ones and takeaways too."

Audrey's turning point came in 2014.

She said: "Three things happened to me that year. Me and Bill were going on holiday to Ibiza and I couldn't do up the seatbelt or pull the table down on the plane. I was mortified.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc "Then, a few months later, after a night out with my girls, I was horrified when I saw a photo of myself.

"It was so disgusting, I was mortified. And I actually thought I looked good that night.

"The final straw came when a friend of 30 years, Jenny, told me I was the biggest she had ever seen me. All those situations combined made me realise I needed to sort myself out."

Audrey joined Scottish Slimmers in Dundee and vowed to overhaul her life. But, because of Audrey's health issues, she couldn't exercise and relied on diet changes to shed the pounds.

Over the last three years, she has lost almost 12st - gradually halving her calorie intake down to 1,500 a day, a calculation by Scottish Slimmers, based on her weight.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Now she has a coffee and a low-calorie oat biscuit for breakfast, a roll and a banana for lunch and chicken and vegetables for dinner and snacks only on fruit.

And Audrey's husband Bill, a retired nurse, is thrilled with her new look, despite him not recognising her when he picked her up at Lidl last year.

Bill, 55, said: "I was waiting for Audrey to come out and then I saw this slim person walking towards to me.

"I didn't think anything of it, until I realised this woman was about to get in my car.

"I was used to seeing her at home. But, out of context, in the car park that day, I really did a double take. It wasn't until she was smack, bang in front of me that I realised this slender woman was my wife."


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