Scots woman sheds four stone and moves to the Bahamas

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AN overweight health worker was so ashamed of the pictures from her once-in-a-lifetime holiday that she shed four stone.

And Mary-Jane Ferris was so delighted with her new look she travelled back to the same spot in the Caribbean to restage the picture.

Better still, Mary-Jane and her husband finally decided to move from cold, rainy Scotland to live in the Bahamas.

5ft 4in Mary-Jane at her heaviest -  15 stone 1lb
5ft 4in Mary-Jane at her heaviest – 15 stone 1lb

 

The 58-year-old from Coldingham, Scottish Borders, enjoyed a break with her husband Jeff in the Bahamas in the summer of 2012.

But the pictures of 5ft 4in Mary-Jane – who weighed 15 stone 1lb at the time – did not leave her with happy memories.

So she slimmed down to 10 stone 7lbs, dropping dress sizes from 22 to 12.

She slimmed down to 10 stone 7lbs, dropping dress sizes from 22 to 12.
She slimmed down to 10 stone 7lbs, dropping dress sizes from 22 to 12.

 

Mary-Jane then travelled back to the Bahamas to take another picture in exactly the same spot.

Having now taken early retirement from her job as a health visitor in East Lothian, she and Jeff have retired permanently to the islands.

She said: “I had tried dieting many years ago and had been slimmer.

“But it was not until I saw how I looked in a swimsuit and began to feel breathless climbing stairs that I knew I had to do something.

“As a health visitor, I’d spend my days driving around and then sitting in people’s houses, with no thought of exercise or eating properly.”

After shedding the weight, Mary-Jane decided life near a sub-tropical beach was just the thing and moved permanently to the town of Great Exuma, Bahamas, last November.

She said: “I have so much more energy and we are outside so much gardening I’m growing pineapples, and today I am shovelling sand that has been left on our yard so good for the stomach muscles.”

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