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Mum gets 10 tattoos for every stone shed in a diet triumph

Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured 10 and a half stone lighter and looking like a different person.
Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured 10 and a half stone lighter and looking like a different person.
Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured 10 and a half stone lighter and looking like a different person.
9.8.2015. Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured before she started her weight loss journey at 20 stone and 3 pounds.
9.8.2015. Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured before she started her weight loss journey at 20 stone and 3 pounds.
9.8.2015. Kim Callaghan from Ardee lost weight after she couldn't keep up wih her children. Kim is pictured 10 and a half stone lighter and is now running the mini marathon, something she never could have done when she carried all the weight.

WHEN mum-of-two Kim Callaghan resolved to tackle her weight problem, she decided to get a tattoo for every stone she lost.

The 39-year-old now has 10 butterflies inked on to her leg due to the great success she's had shedding the pounds in the last four years.

Before her weight-loss journey Kim couldn't keep up with her young children; now she has completed four mini-marathons and says her confidence has never been so high.

Dreading

She says she was dreading her first weight-loss class, but decided she had to take it.

Days earlier she had not been able to keep up as her children Owen and Shannon - then aged 10 and nine - ran down the main street of her home town of Ardee, Co Louth.

"By the time I had done 1km I was out of breath. I wasn't fit enough to walk and the children didn't know what was going on and why I wasn't able to keep up with them," says Kim. "The Christmas before I had struggled to get clothes to fit me in a shop for the larger lady. Back then I was a size 26 on the bottom and a size 28 on top."

She also knew she would have to go shopping soon because "my son Owen was being confirmed later that year".

Kim says that after seeing a leaflet publicising a Slimming World class, she decided to give it a go, but adds: "I still sat in the car park for a good 10-15 minutes. I said to myself I would give it a go for one week and I am still here."

That was on March 16, 2011, and it took her two years to reach her target weight.

When she started she weighed 20 stone and 3 lbs and by March 2013 she had lost 10-and-a-half stone.

Healthier

"I have learnt so much about food and cooking. I used to have a double deep-fat fryer. It would have been quick and easy for me to use it and, of course, the portion size would have been massive. I got rid of it a long time ago."

Kim always loved butterflies and decided to reward herself with a special tattoo for each stone she lost.

While she has room for more tattoos, she doesn't have to wait to get them because she is now at her ideal weight.

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