'The masseuse pointed at my stomach and said “baby”' 16stone woman sheds half her body weight after holiday shame
Jodie Driver, was teased by a masseuse while on holiday in Turkey in 2009 about her size 22 shapeIt made her determined to slim and she ditched takeaways for healthy meals, back in Turkey after slimming down
Jodie spent the remainder of the
holiday covered up, too self conscious to wear anything
remotely revealing in risk of further ridicule.
Then one night back at home in Oxford, Jodie looked back through her holiday pictures with disgust.
'I looked at myself in the photographs and said, “I have to change”.
'I saw myself smiling, but I didn't look happy, there was a sadness around me.'
The next day Jodie joined a gym and decided to give herself a target to motivate her weight-loss.
She set a date to run the Race for Life in June 2010 and began going to the gym three times a week, ditching her junk food diet to get into shape.
At first Jodie, who works as a personnel officer at Oxford University could barely run 30 seconds, let alone 5k, and was embarrassed at how loud her running was on the treadmill.
But when she swapped the greasy takeaways and ready meals for chicken and vegetables, she soon increased her energy levels and was able to run over an hour in the gym.
Within six months she had already lost an impressive four stone.
Her old diet consisted of toast with
big dollops of Nutella layered on top for breakfast, a chocolate bar and
hot chocolate for a mid-morning snack, a big baguette with crisps and a
fizzy drink for lunch.
In the afternoon, she tucked into biscuits, while dinner was a takeaway or
ready meal with chips for dinner, as well as the occasional whole pot of
Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
now Jodie eats a diet of oats with water and a scoop of whey protein
for breakfast, Greek yoghurt, white fish with vegetables and chicken
with spinach and sweet potatoes.
June 2010, on her 21st birthday, she completed the Race for Life in
just 35 minutes and immediately gave herself another goal – a half
marathon the following year in April 2011- which she also completed in 1
hour and 53 minutes.
Now Jodie is a svelte size 8 and super fit.
Jodie in 2007 when she was a size 18 to 20. She said she had always been known as the 'cuddly one'
She said: 'I now train six days a week, doing around one hour
cardiovascular exercise plus weight training which targets specific
muscle groups. It takes an awful lot of self-discipline.
as I have lost such a large amount of weight I have a small amount of
spare skin on my lower abdomen which will need to be removed through
surgery before I can compete.'
the gym also helped Jodie find love with fellow fitness fanatic,
bodybuilder partner Tom Baker, 26, who works in car production.
'Tom, is a huge source of motivation for me.
'I knew him from when I was a bit younger and he was a close friend of my brothers, but I hid away from him back then.
'We came to know each other more during 2011 and would always talk about the gym and fitness as it was a shared interest.
'We got together officially in January 2012 and it has been the happiest year of my life so far. We train together quite often and we have a very similar diet as he is also a body builder.'
Looking back at who she was just a few years ago Jodie said: 'If some would have said I'd look like this back then, I would have said 'no chance'.
'Looking back, I ironically have a lot to thank that Turkish masseur, as he inspired me to change my life. He did me the biggest favour.'
Now Jodie hopes to compete in the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation's bikini category later on this year.