A woman has unveiled her incredible weight loss transformation after beginning her journey in September 2018.
During the coronavirus lockdown, Jenny Irons, 46, managed to lose an impressive 2st in weight.
In total, the carer, from Clacton-on-Sea, has lost an impressive 17st to be named Slimming World's Woman of the Year.
Now after dropping an incredible 12 dress sizes, Jenny, who went from 27st 5lbs to 10st 5lbs, hopes to find love.
She kick-started her transformation in 2018 when she went along to her local Slimming World group to support her sister.
Jenny said: "I had absolutely no intention of getting involved.
"I was trying to be a good sister, but months later I realised my sister had actually been the one joining to help me all along!"
The carer's weight had been up and down for decades, but her size crept up even more when her marriage ended.
Her weight also spiralled out of control when she was made redundant and experienced financial difficulties.
She added: "Things really got on top of me, the depression kicked in and I was in a really bad place.
"I had absolutely no confidence. I would go to the supermarket at 10pm at night or 5am in the morning so that no one would see me.
"I wouldn't make eye contact with anyone and I hid my body in baggy clothes. It was a very lonely place."
But thing's started to get worse when Jenny's health began to suffer as she struggled with chest and feet pain.
She also suffered embarrassing incidents including one time where she was unable to fit in a pub chair because of its arms.
Jenny tried a range of diets, from meal-replacement shakes to slimming clubs, but nothing ever worked.
Then when she turned to Slimming World, she learned about the organisation's Food Optimising eating plan.
The plan helps members to satisfy their appetite and enjoy lower energy dense foods, like fruit and vegetables, as well as lean meat.
Jenny explained: "With the various diets I'd tried before, I really felt like I was on a diet and I hated the milkshakes.
"That's what I love about about Food Optimising – you can still enjoy all your favourite meals like spaghetti Bolognese or curry.
"Eating meals with people has always been a way of socialising for me."
As the weeks went by and Jenny's weight dropped, she began to get excited about what she could achieve with Slimming World.
She added: "My group are like family now and my Consultant Carole who runs the group is wonderful."
During the first lockdown, Jenny's group sessions were held virtually, as they are again now.
She concluded: "With the continued support I just kept focused and concentrated on my goals, and I'm so pleased I did.
"I'm much more confident now, I don't hide behind big baggy clothes anymore and I'd love to start dating after Covid.
"When I first joined Slimming World, I never thought I'd be here, 17st lighter.
"Sometimes I have to pinch myself and, being named Woman of the Year is like the cherry on the cake… or should I say fruit salad!"