Grandma ALWAYS knows best… Laura 'Pettit' loses six stone and four dress sizes thanks to her nagging grandmother
Scottish blonde weighed 18st 5lbs at her heaviest
Dropped from size 22 to size 14 and plans to lose two stone more
‘Exercise junkie’ now takes part in Zumbathons and 10km races
15:10 GMT, 20 July 2012
17:12 GMT, 20 July 2012
Laura Pettit realised things had to change when she needed to stop three times to catch her breath on the stairs getting to her second-floor flat.
At her heaviest the 27-year old from Springburn in Glasgow hit 18st 5lbs and only just fitted in to size 22 clothes.
Blonde Laura knew she had to do something about her weight, but admits it was her grandmother's nagging that kept her going as she slimmed down to a size 14.
Out of breath: At her heaviest the twenty-seven-year old weighed 18st 5lbs but Laura Pettit has lost six stone thanks to her grandmother's good-hearted nagging
Stylish: The blonde Glaswegian has slimmed to size 14 and now competes in 10km races and Zumbathons and loves shopping for clothes
Today instead of losing her breath on flights of stairs, Laura is running races and regularly takes part in Zumbathon dance competitions.
She now weighs a healthier 12st 7lbs with plans to lose even more weight and get down 10st 5lbs with the help of exercise and weight loss classes.
She said: ‘Gran was always on at me about my weight.
‘She said it wasn't just about my figure it was about my health, which was rightly so, but I only ever half listened.
‘I just didn't realise how big I was, until I look back.
Family values: Laura's grandmother Elizabeth Pettit was worried about her granddaughter's health and has been contributing to the costs of weight loss classes as well as keeping a check on Laura's daily exercise routine
‘I've always been the bigger one of my friends and I'd kind of accepted that I was never going to change.
‘I was never conscious of how big as I was, as long as I felt good, I was always the first one on the dancefloor and the last one off it and I've never really had any confidence issues or problems in school.'
Laura said: 'At the time I thought I could just exercise and eat what I want, but it just wasn't enough.
‘It took a few months for my gran to hammer it in to me – to say that I really needed to control what I was eating.
Proud: 77-year-old Elizabeth says “Now I know she's a lot happier and she's a lot healthier. She's looking great and I'm proud of her.”
‘I kept saying to my gran that I couldn't afford the weight loss classes, but then she said 'I'll pay for half of them' and that was that excuse out the window.
‘And at the end of every class, I do have to phone my gran and let her know how I get on and she does give me trouble if I've put on weight.
‘Her heart's in the right place and she's been fantastic helping me out.'
Gran, Elizabeth Pettit, 77, from the city's Mosspark said she wanted Laura to shift the pounds because of the health risks posed by being overweight.
She said: ‘I was worried about her.
‘She's got such a lovely nature and we didn't want to keep on at her, but it was for her health and we wanted her to have a healthy lifestyle.
‘Although she's a bubbly girl, you often wondered if she was happy within herself, even though she never complained.
‘Now I know she's a lot happier and she's a lot healthier. She's looking great and I'm proud of her.
‘I'm amazed, I really am. And if Laura can do it, anybody can too.'
Laura, who works as a claims handler, is now a self-confessed 'exercise junkie', having completed two 5K races, a 10K race and taken part in two Zumbathons.
She said: ‘I feel fantastic, there's no other way to describe it. I love going shopping now for clothes.
‘I used to go out shopping before with my Mum and it was a nightmare, because I wouldn't go to find something that I liked, just something that fitted.
‘I was known for my jewellery and my belts because at the end of the day, that was the only thing that I could choose that I liked.
‘I just can't believe I let myself get to that size. That's the only thing I think about badly.
‘It's not embarrassing, but it's the part that I think about most, and now after losing the weight I just love life.'
Achievement: Laura shows off one of the size 22 skirts she used to struggle to fit in to, she is now a size 14 and wants to slim down even further