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Mother-of-two sheds an impressive 12 STONE in two years after ditching her daily bottle of wine

A mother-of-two has revealed her incredible twelve stone weight loss after ditching her habit of guzzling a bottle of wine per night and instead embracing a sober lifestyle for the last two years. 

Emma Connolly, 45, from Tiverton in Devon, once weighed a staggering 24 stone, but now looks unrecognisable after losing half her body weight. 

Boasting a 12 stone frame, travel agent Emma was scared into seriously kick-starting her weight loss in August 2018, after her leg began to swell up because of her increased blood pressure.

Emma recalled how this was the reality check she needed and the next day vowed to turn her life around by cutting out wine completely and starting a low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups.  

Emma Connolly, 45, from Tiverton in Devon, once weighed a staggering 24 stone (pictured), but now looks unrecognisable after losing half her body weight

Emma Connolly, 45, from Tiverton in Devon, once weighed a staggering 24 stone (pictured), but now looks unrecognisable after losing half her body weight

Emma pictured after her weight loss journey

Emma pictured after her weight loss journey

Emma Connolly, 45, from Tiverton in Devon, once weighed a staggering 24 stone (pictured left), but now looks unrecognisable after losing half her body weight (pictured right)

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) ditched her habit of guzzling a bottle of wine per night and instead embraced a sober lifestyle for the last two years

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) ditched her habit of guzzling a bottle of wine per night and instead embraced a sober lifestyle for the last two years

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) ditched her habit of guzzling a bottle of wine per night and instead embraced a sober lifestyle for the last two years

Boasting a 12 stone frame (pictured), travel agent Emma was scared into seriously kick-starting her weight loss in August 2018, after her leg began to swell up because of her increased blood pressure

Boasting a 12 stone frame (pictured), travel agent Emma was scared into seriously kick-starting her weight loss in August 2018, after her leg began to swell up because of her increased blood pressure

Emma pictured weight training recently

Emma pictured weight training recently

Boasting a 12 stone frame (pictured), travel agent Emma was scared into seriously kick-starting her weight loss in August 2018, after her leg began to swell up because of her increased blood pressure

She said: ‘I had been trying to lose weight for year, I felt like I was constantly on a diet. I would be really good throughout the day, and then I would come home from work, and sit down with my bottle of white wine.

‘I had a really unhealthy habit with my bottles of wine. It was hindering any of my attempts at weight loss. I would have one every evening, along with a plate full of cheese and biscuits.’

But after doctors told Emma that her blood pressure was increasing, causing the swelling of her legs, she decided she needed to take urgent action.  

Emma recalled: ‘I went cold turkey and cut the wine out completely, along with starting a really low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups.

Emma (pictured) recalled how this was the reality check she needed and the next day vowed to turn her life around by cutting out wine completely and starting a low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups

Emma (pictured) recalled how this was the reality check she needed and the next day vowed to turn her life around by cutting out wine completely and starting a low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups

Emma (pictured) recalled how this was the reality check she needed and the next day vowed to turn her life around by cutting out wine completely and starting a low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups

After doctors told Emma (pictured recently) that her blood pressure was increasing, causing the swelling of her legs, she decided she needed to take urgent action

After doctors told Emma (pictured recently) that her blood pressure was increasing, causing the swelling of her legs, she decided she needed to take urgent action

Emma pictured in the gym recently

Emma pictured in the gym recently

After doctors told Emma (pictured recently) that her blood pressure was increasing, causing the swelling of her legs, she decided she needed to take urgent action

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) recalled: 'I went cold turkey and cut the wine out completely, along with starting a really low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups'

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) recalled: 'I went cold turkey and cut the wine out completely, along with starting a really low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups'

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) recalled: ‘I went cold turkey and cut the wine out completely, along with starting a really low-calorie diet that mainly consisted of shakes and soups’

‘Giving up alcohol is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, it has taken so much for me to not drink, but my life is so much better without it.

‘Drinking was really holding me back in terms of my weight loss journey, and I would wake up every day feeling worse than I did the day before.

‘After a few months of no drinking and a low-calorie diet I had lost five stone, and finally felt in a better position to join a gym, because I was also conscious of getting excess loose skin.’ 

EMMA’S DIET BEFORE HER WEIGHT LOSS 

BREAKFAST: Tea and biscuits

LUNCH: Meal deal sandwich with a packet of crisps and fizzy drink

DINNER: A huge portion of lasagne

SNACKS: Six packets of crisps, bottle of white wine, cheese and biscuits

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EMMA’S DIET AFTER HER WEIGHT LOSS 

BREAKFAST: Protein shake

LUNCH: Chicken salad and fruit

DINNER: Much smaller portions sizes, roast chicken and vegetables

SNACKS: Bowl of fruit and yogurt and low calorie tonic water

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'Giving up alcohol is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, it has taken so much for me to not drink, but my life is so much better without it,' Emma (seen recently) added

'Giving up alcohol is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, it has taken so much for me to not drink, but my life is so much better without it,' Emma (seen recently) added

‘Giving up alcohol is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, it has taken so much for me to not drink, but my life is so much better without it,’ Emma (seen recently) added

Emma said that when she was at her biggest (pictured) she stopped going out with her friends

Emma said that when she was at her biggest (pictured) she stopped going out with her friends

Emma pictured before her weight loss

Emma pictured before her weight loss

Emma said that when she was at her biggest (pictured) she stopped going out with her friends

‘I then began to lose more weight and I kept getting more and more in to exercise, which made me educate myself on what foods I needed to eat to fuel my body properly,’ she added. 

‘I started by running, and then I started trying out some gym classes such as spinning, which I love now. I never would have tried it before because I thought I would break the bike. 

‘I have recently also started weight lifting, so I can start toning up my skin. I cannot believe how confident and comfortable I am in the gym now before I never would have dreamed of walking into a gym because I would think everyone is staring at me.’

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) recalled how she preferred to stay indoors because she dreaded having to look for something to wear and hated the feeling that everyone was looking at her when she was out

Emma (pictured before her weight loss) recalled how she preferred to stay indoors because she dreaded having to look for something to wear and hated the feeling that everyone was looking at her when she was out

Emma pictured after her weight loss during a run

Emma pictured after her weight loss during a run

Emma (pictured left, before her weight loss, and right, after) recalled how she preferred to stay indoors because she dreaded having to look for something to wear and hated the feeling that everyone was looking at her when she was out

Emma pictured at a spin class. The mother-of-two used to be afraid she would break the bike

Emma pictured at a spin class. The mother-of-two used to be afraid she would break the bike

Emma pictured at a spin class. The mother-of-two used to be afraid she would break the bike

Emma said that when she was at her biggest she stopped going out with her friends and preferred to stay indoors because she dreaded having to look for something to wear and hated the feeling that everyone was looking at her when she was out.

She added: ‘Whenever my husband and I took our kids to theme parks I would be the one standing and waving because I was sure I would not fit into the seats on the rides.

‘When I went on holiday I was also mortified when I had to ask the flight attendants for a seat belt extension. Last year when I got on a plane, it was the first time I could do the normal belt up, I just burst into tears. It was so overwhelming.

'I never miss a party or an event, and I absolutely love going clothes shopping now. I have bought a whole new wardrobe, I feel amazing and confident,' Emma (pictured) said

'I never miss a party or an event, and I absolutely love going clothes shopping now. I have bought a whole new wardrobe, I feel amazing and confident,' Emma (pictured) said

Emma pictured recently

Emma pictured recently

‘I never miss a party or an event, and I absolutely love going clothes shopping now. I have bought a whole new wardrobe, I feel amazing and confident,’ Emma (pictured) said

Emma (pictured before her transformation) has documented her journey on her Instagram page, @ems-healthier-life, which she said has also helped her

Emma (pictured before her transformation) has documented her journey on her Instagram page, @ems-healthier-life, which she said has also helped her

Emma (pictured before her transformation) has documented her journey on her Instagram page, @ems-healthier-life, which she said has also helped her

‘Before I lost weight I had to take anxiety medication with me where ever I went because I was constantly nervous how I looked but that is not a thing anymore.

‘I never miss a party or an event, and I absolutely love going clothes shopping now. I have bought a whole new wardrobe, I feel amazing and confident.

‘Turning my life around and giving up drinking is the hardest and best thing I have ever done. I have to fight every day, and sometimes I do feel the temptation for a nice glass of white wine, but I know I will never do it because my life is just so much better now. I will never drink again.’ 

Emma has documented her journey on her Instagram page, @ems-healthier-life, which she said has also helped her. 

Source: Daily Mail

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