Jade drops six dress sizes and is now eyeing up a career as a fitness instructor
DUBLINER Jade Delaney slimmed down and amazing six dress sizes after taking up a cleaning job in a gym - and is now eyeing up a career as a fitness instructor.
In December 2013 the Northsider was hired to work in Fit Studios in Fairview and her bosses began encouraging her to take up a TRX class.
Weighing more than 20 stone, Jade was "terrified" of the challenge.
"I was very nervous, I didn't think I could do it because I'd never done anything like that before," she said.
By February she had signed up and just a few weeks later she was hooked.
"When you start you can't stop," she said.
Her diet, which consisted of takeaways and junk food, has had a complete overhaul and now she fills up on healthy fare with lots of protein.
While her friends used to call her "Chicken Ball" due to her love of fast food, they now refer to the bubbly fitness fan as "Shredded Chicken".
"It's funny to hear them shouting it at me," she laughed.
The 21-year-old plans to begin a course in fitness and leisure in September so she can go on to help others lose weight.
"I think for some people that have weight don't feel comfortable going go a gym knowing that they've never lost weight before but I've been down that road," she commented.
Already her neighbours have been getting tips from her. "It's great walking down the street with people telling me how they're getting on and asking me for tips about food," she said.
As a teenager she said her weight never got her down but posed problems when it came to things like going to carnivals with friends or dressing up for nights out.
At a svelte size 12, now the Sheriff Street girl need never worry again.
She notes that she owes it all to her boss Brian Lee who convinced her to take on the classes.
The gym-owner also owns a health food company called Chopped and has been a huge support for the determined woman.
Yesterday Jade appeared on TV3's Ireland AM to chat with presenters Sinead Desmond and co about her inspirational journey.