Junk-food addict lost 162 pounds to grant late mother’s deathbed wish

40-year old Laura Raines is celebrating her amazing weight loss.

A British woman who spent years eating junk food lost 162 pounds to fulfil her late mother’s dying wish to get healthy.

Laura Raines’ cancer-stricken mother asked her daughter to lose weight from her deathbed for the sake of her children.

“It was the last thing she asked me to do” the 42-year old told news service SWNS. “It took a while to actually do anything about her wish because at the time I just don’t think I was ready.”

Collect picture of Laura Raines 20 stone in weight.  A super-slimmer is celebrating her amazing weight loss after shedding nearly 12 stone (76kg) in order to fulfil her late mum's dying wish.  See NTI story NTISLIM.  Laura Raines, 40, ballooned to a size 28 after years of gorging on junk food, and had repeatedly tried and failed to go on diets.  However, after her mum told her from her death bed to lose weight, she was inspired to join Slimming World in January last year.  The slimmer, who lives with partner Darren Ricketts, 42, lost 6lbs (2.7 kg) in her first week of attending sessions at St Margaret's Church in Whitnash, Warwicks.  A year on from signing up, the mum, of Warwick, has lost a staggering 11st 8lbs (73.4kgs) and has dropped from a dress size 28 to a slender 14.

 (BEFORE: At her heaviest, Raines was 347 pounds.)

But then she decided to join a friend at a weight-loss meeting, and in her first week of attending, lost six pounds.

“I was very nervous about going to the meetings. I hated walking through those doors thinking everyone was looking at me or laughing thinking ‘God, look at the size of her’.

“I’ve been lucky with my journey, it’s been good to me. Nearly every week losing more made me more determined to continue.”

Laura Raines at home in Straford Upon Avon, Warks.  A super-slimmer is celebrating her amazing weight loss after shedding nearly 12 stone (76kg) in order to fulfil her late mum's dying wish.  See NTI story NTISLIM.  Laura Raines, 40, ballooned to a size 28 after years of gorging on junk food, and had repeatedly tried and failed to go on diets.  However, after her mum told her from her death bed to lose weight, she was inspired to join Slimming World in January last year.  The slimmer, who lives with partner Darren Ricketts, 42, lost 6lbs (2.7 kg) in her first week of attending sessions at St Margaret's Church in Whitnash, Warwicks.  A year on from signing up, the mum, of Warwick, has lost a staggering 11st 8lbs (73.4kgs) and has dropped from a dress size 28 to a slender 14.

 (The 40-year old mother went from a 28 to 14 dress size in one year.)

After joining Slimming World last January, Raines lost a total of 162 pounds.

“I can’t put into words how proud my mum would be.

“She was an amazing lady and this amazing thing I have done was not only for me but for her too.”

Laura says she went from a size 28 dress size to a 14.

“I feel amazing. It’s funny when I’m walking past shop windows getting a glimpse of myself and suddenly realizing ‘oh that’s me’.”

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