Where’s my wife gone Soldier returns home from Afghanistan tour to find his size 20 partner has slimmed to a size TWELVE
A soldier who spent seven months in Afghanistan was stunned when he came home to find his wife was half her size.
Will Robinson, 32, left for a tour with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers when his wife Catherine, 31, was a hefty size 20.
On the day he left, she joined a slimming class in a bid to lose weight and, while he was away, transformed into a shadow of her former self.
Going to battle: Catherine Robinson, left, was a size 20 on her wedding day, right, and lost an incredible five-and-a-half stone and four dress sizes
She has now lost an incredible five-and-a-half stone and four dress sizes and is now a svelte size 12.
Catherine, from Bridport, Dorset, who greeted Will when he
returned from tour with their baby son Douglas, said he was stunned when
he saw the pair of them.
She said: 'Dougie had doubled in size since Will last saw him and I looked like I had halved in size.
'He was amazed. I'd mentioned to him while he was away that I had been trying to lose weight but obviously we had more important things to talk about.
'He said I was gorgeous when he came home': Will and Catherine, pictured with 22-month-old son Douglas
'It was a huge shock for him when he came home – he said I looked gorgeous.'
The couple met ten years ago at school and have son Douglas who is 22-months-old.
who has always struggled with her weight, had attended Slimming World
four years ago but put the weight she had lost back on after giving
She decided to take
the opportunity to lose weight while Will was away with the Royal
Engineers attached to 3rd battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
He flew out of the country on her birthday, which she marked by attending a Slimming World meeting.
home: Will Robinson, pictured with his sone Douglas and Catherine,
returned from Afghanistan to find his wife had lost five and a half
a part-time accountant at a fish merchants, said: 'Potentially it was
one of the worst days ever, with it being my birthday and my husband
flying to Afghanistan.
'But then I thought “go for it.”
'I just decided it was the right time to start as he was away for seven months.
'I decided to lose a considerable amount so I would be half the woman I was when he left.
'I suppose there was an element of comfort eating while he was away, but I mainly had a problem with portions.
No more comfort eating: Catherine lost weight by swapping ice-cream, bread and muffins for fruit and veg
'But once I'd started slimming I swapped unhealthy things like ice-cream, bread and muffins for fruit and veg.
'I don't tell people how much I used to weigh because I find it too embarrassing, but I managed to lose four dress sizes.
'I wore an 18 before but it was very snug – I really needed a 20, but couldn't face going to buy it.
'Now, I'm a size 12 or 14 and feel so much healthier.'