“I was always big as a child and as a teenager, I was the biggest one out of all my friends. I was constantly eating the wrong thing and I shied away from exercise any opportunity I got.”
After years of neglecting her health, Jade says: “I was too embarrassed to go to a gym and I was so big that I was forced to wear men’s tracksuit bottoms and clothes because the women’s sizes wouldn’t fit me. I was wearing a double XL.”
Jade’s worrying weight gain was so much of a concern that her family suspected that an underlying medical condition was to blame.
“My dad thought that I had a thyroid problem. I went to the doctor and when I stepped on the scales, I was over 20 stone, I just had to face facts that I was fat and that I had to lose weight.”
Recalling her very first class, …