Ruth before and after losing weight
Ruth, left, in the pink dress which inspired her diet and, right, posing after losing seven stone

I thought I looked pretty in pink at a friend’s wedding, but I was shocked by my size when the photos were released. 

By Ruth Gottig, 36, from Carleton in Lancashire

Shocking pink! An overweight mother stunned by how fat she looked in a pink dress at a wedding lost SIX stone to fit into size eight clothing.

After giving birth to five children, Ruth Gottig, 36, ballooned to a staggering 15 stone and squeezed her hulking frame into size 20 clothes.

She decided to declare war on her flab after seeing a picture of herself squeezed into a pink formal dress at a friend’s wedding.

After ditching the junk food and taking up exercise, ruthless Mrs Gottig lost an amazing six stone and bought a new wardrobe, including a flattering slim pink dress.

The yummy mummy, who lives with her husband Greg Gottig, 41, is now a sexy size eight vision in pink.

Mrs Gottig, of Carleton, Lancashire, said: “I recently treated myself to a fitted, hot pink dress for a night out and banished that image of being a fat, pink flump for good.”

Mrs Gottig, who runs her own cleaning company, was a slim size ten until she gave birth to her five children Anastasia, 16, Maddalena, 15, George, 9, Gabriella, 4, and William, 2.

She said: “I’d always been slim, until the kids came along. With a bit of discipline, I managed to shed the baby weight after the first two but then came the third and then the fourth.

“By the time I was a mum of five I could barely squeeze into a size 20.”

Sweet-toothed Mrs Gottig enjoyed healthy, balanced meals but snacked on chocolate and sweets throughout the day. She only drank sugary cordial.

She said: “It was a vicious circle – the more sweet treats I ate, the more I wanted. I craved sugar so much, I couldn’t even drink water without pouring in Vimto.”

One afternoon her father-in-law remarked that she was the biggest she had ever seen her.

Mrs Gottig said: “He is known for his bluntness, so I know he wasn’t trying to be mean, but I was gutted. I pushed his comments to the back of my mind and tried to ignore them.”

In November 2013 Mrs Gottig treated herself to a pink pleated maxi dress for a friend’s wedding.

But when she saw the photographs from the day she was shocked at the blobby figure looking back at her.

She said: “I didn’t look pretty in pink at all. I looked more like a blobby blancmange.

“I had no idea I’d let myself get so big but the camera didn’t lie. I looked at the picture and for the first time in my life I had a double chin.

“There was no denying it – I needed to change.”

Desperate to slim down, Mrs Gottig joined a local gym and started dieting.

She attended intense boot camp sessions and weightlifting classes. Mrs Gottig also took up running.

She began a calorie controlled diet, swapped chocolate for rice cakes and started drinking only water.

Before her weight loss Mrs Gottig tucked into buttery white toast with jam for breakfast, a ham and cheese sandwich with crisps for lunch and a roast dinner with all the trimmings for dinner.

Now she eats porridge for breakfast, a chicken salad for lunch and smoked salmon with cottage cheese for dinner.

Within nine months she lost a staggering six stone and slimmed down to a slinky size 8.

She said: “I had to go out and buy a completely new wardrobe, I couldn’t believe how much weight I had lost.

“I went to the shops and tried a size 12, which didn’t fit. Then I dropped down to a size 10, and I couldn’t believe it when it was too loose as well.

“Typically, at nine stone, my father-in-law now says I’m too thin, but I feel fabulous.”

As told to Helen O’Brien Google

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