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