A Sheffield super slimmer will dazzle in her party dress this Christmas after losing more than a third of her body weight.
Jane Rhodes was nearly 16 stone and did virtually no exercise when she decided it was time to go from flab to fab.
The 39-year-old, who lives in Lowedges, said: “It was the summer of 2010 when I decided I needed to take action. I was almost 16 stone, I was so unfit and I had never really taken part in regular exercise before.
“I made an appointment through the gym for a review and that’s where I came across MiTo Therapy.
“I met one of their personal trainers, Michael Lee, and after speaking to him and listening to what he had to say and how he could help me I followed the personal training route with him.”
Jane began a structured fitness programme at Virgin Active in Millhouses.
For three years, she has taken part in training sessions at least once a week with Michael, completing cardio work, core work and strength work.
Her hard work has paid off and she is now five-and-a-half stones lighter and has been nominated in her Slimming World class as Woman of the Year.
“I’m a completely different person now to then,” Jane said.
“I’ve gone from no exercise at all to regular exercise. Thanks to the support and guidance from Michael, I now exercise most days.
“I think what I like about Michael was his confidence that we could work towards my goals.
“I was unhappy and didn’t have any confidence. Michael had the confidence for me.”
Jane now regularly runs 10k races and is to start training for a half marathon.
“I’m a lot stronger physically. I’m a lot more toned and leaner than I would have been, losing a lot of weight without the correct exercise in place to deal with all the ‘wobbly’ bits,” she said.
“Mentally my mind is clearer, and I feel more confident in myself and the way other people view me.”
Michael, who was nominated for Personal Trainer of the Year at the 2013 National Fitness Awards, said: “Jane is fantastic example of dedication and diligence to better herself through exercise.
“It’s amazing how exercise and diet can transform not only someone’s body shape, but also their perspective on self image and mentality on life.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to work with her.”