A FOOTBALLER’S wife managed to shed a whopping ten stone by cutting out Haribo from her diet.
Gummy sweet addict Sharon Taylor, 57, married to former Sheffield Wednesday player Kevin Taylor, managed to kick her bad habit to drop from a hefty size 28 to a slim size 8.
At her largest Wag Sharon weighed 19 stone and chowed down on a sharing bag of chewy sweets after breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.
Before her sugar binges she was a slender size 8, but the fizzy cola bottles and jelly fried eggs took their toll leaving her spilling out of a pair of size 28 trousers.
Sharon, from Barnsley, South Yorks, realised she needed to make a change when she was too afraid to fly out meet her first grandchild, who was born in Dubai.
She said: “I was desperate to hold Theodore but too scared of getting on a plane and being humiliated by the fact the seat belt wouldn’t fit.”
Instead of making the trip out her son Ryan flew to UK to introduce the tiny baby to his mum.
The shame of the experience gave her the push she needed to cut out the sweets and focus on getting healthy again.
Cleaner Sharon, now weighing 8st 2lb and is a slim size eight, feels as though she is back to her 80s heyday when her husband Kevin was still on the pitch.
She said: “When Kevin was at the prime of his career, my hair and make-up were immaculate. Like all the wives, I bought a size 8 outfit for every home game.
“We travelled the world and I loved nothing more than shopping for a slinky dress.”
But she piled on the weight when they moved away from home to south London when Kevin was transferred to Crystal Palace.
The isolation of not being near friends and family proved too much for Sharon and she turned to food for comfort, including eating an estimated 22,000 Haribo sharing bags over the years.
She even admitted filling shopping bags full of the sweet stuff and packing the salad draw full of family sized packs.
Last April she decided enough was enough and joined Slimming World, cutting out the gummy bears instantly. Within a year she had lost 10st 7lb.
Sharon now feels she is back to her best and has ditched the stretchy leggings in favour of a wardrobe full of slinky dresses and her husband Kevin is delighted too.
The couple are looking forward to welcoming their second grandchild this summer and this time they’ll be flying straight out to meet them in Dubai.
Sharon said: “I won’t be eating a bag of Haribo ever again.”
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