Mum who was "too fat for Facebook" and cried if wasn't allowed cheese lost almost half her bodyweight in six months

When Jennie’s size ballooned to a hefty 21 stone 7lb she continued to eat a fry up for breakfast and snack on cakes, crisps and chocolate (Image: PA Real Life)

A 21-stone mum who was addicted to cheese lost almost half her bodyweight in just six months after she became "too ashamed" to see photos of herself.

Jennie McDonagh cried if she wasn’t allowed her favourite snack and was so ashamed of her 26-stone frame that she banned friends from uploading pictures of her to Facebook .

The 35-year-old, from Wexford, Ireland, begged loved ones not to share snaps online and even broke out in a panicked sweat if she saw one pop up on social media.

The single mum-of-three ballooned to a size 26 after years of gorging on a calorie-laden diet of cheese, crisps and takeaways.

Jennie with her son David and baby Mark in 2010 (Image: PA Real Life)

But with a friend’s wedding approaching Jennie vowed to slim down and managed to shed a staggering 9 stone 9lb in just six months.

“Just looking through photos of myself brought me out in buckets of sweat,” she said.

“I’d think, ‘Shoot me’ seeing myself on the screen."

Jennie, who now weighs 11 stone 12lb says she had always battled with her weight.

Jennie was so ashamed of her 26-stone frame that she banned friends from uploading pictures of her online (Image: PA Real Life)

One one occasion, when her mother told her she needed to eat healthily, she burst into tears.

“I ran out the house crying and carrying a big block of cheese", she said.

“I was scared she’d take it away from me. As I got older I’d just eat all of the time.

“I absolutely loved cheese. I’d put grated mozzarella into bags of prawn cocktail crisps and eat three bags in a row.

"When the kids went to bed I’d have several huge helpings of food for tea, I’d not know when to stop.”

When Jennie’s size ballooned to a hefty 21 stone 7lb, she continued to eat a fry up for breakfast and snack on cakes, crisps and chocolate all day.

In the evening she would gorge on pizza, Chinese takeaways and chips. Eventually, her 5,000-calorie-a-day diet made her ashamed to even look at photos of herself.

“I felt like I’d become too fat for Facebook. I’d got so camera conscious that I wouldn’t go on there for days. I didn’t want to look at myself,” she said.

After joining a slimming group Jennie started walking four miles every morning and ran every night on a second-hand treadmill (Image: PA Real Life)

Jennie even considered imposing a photo ban at her daughter Lauryn’s christening so she wouldn’t have to face up to her size.

“I’d steer clear of cameras, and beg friends to crop me out of photos or not upload them at all,” she added.

“If they did, I’d phone them up and sometimes even fall out with them over it.”

In January this year, with six months to go until friend Melissa Kelly’s wedding on June 16, Jennie decided she needed to change.

Determined not to be “the one hiding in the background anymore” she spoke to neighbour Lisa Rossitor, 28, who had enrolled in Slimming World.

“I asked a friend to take some photos of me at my biggest, and I decided there’s no going back,” said Jennie.

“I realised I couldn’t be massive my whole life. If anything happened to me and my parents I didn’t know who would look after my kids.”

Jennie started walking four miles every morning and ran every night on a second-hand treadmill.

She ate overnight oats for breakfast, a plain ham sandwich for lunch, and turkey sausages with vegetables for dinner and cut snacking out completely.

“I was really disciplined, and the weight just seemed to drop off,” she said.

By the time her friend’s wedding arrived Jennie had lost almost eight stone.

“I felt a million dollars. I was wearing a Holly Willoughby size 12 dress and looked and felt amazing,” she said.

“I’d had my hair and make-up done, too, it really was the best day for me.”

Since then Jennie has completed her weight loss regime and shed another two stone.

She added: “I can do so much with my kids now I’m slimmer. I’ve never looked back.

“Even if you are a single parent on a tight budget, you can still lose weight and transform your life, anything is possible.”

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