14/08/2014 12:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum-Of-Three Sheds 9 Stone - Eating Mushy Peas!

Mum-of-three sheds 9 stone - eating mushy peas!

A mum-of-three has lost nearly 9 stone – by eating mushy peas twice a day!

Kim Eyre, 34, weighed 20st 9lbs after years of gorging on Greggs sausage rolls, crisps and chocolate bars.

At her heaviest, she had a 46in waist. But after seeing a picture of her looking, er, large than life with work colleagues, she decided it was time to swap the snacks for low-cal mushy peas.

She joined Slimming World and in just two years she lost 8st 6lbs and dropped eight dress sizes. She now weighs 12st 3lbs and has gone from a size 28 to a svelte size 12 and 32in waist.

Single Kim, from Carlton, Nottingham, said: "I snack on mushy peas at least twice a day. I love them.

"If I'm hungry when I get home then I'll have some mushy peas before my dinner.

"I loved mushy peas as a kid, my dad used to take me to a fish and chip shop every week and I would just have these amazing mushy peas.

"So when I started this diet I found some canned mushy peas, just little cans, and they taste just like they did when I was a kid.

"So I snack on them when I feel hungry at home, say before tea, as vegetables are free it means I am not cheating on my diet and they fill me up.

"I decided enough was enough one day in 2011 when I saw a photo of me with some work colleagues.

"I was shocked, I was the biggest in the photo by a long way, I just though, this can't go on."

Kim followed the 'Extra Easy' diet through Slimming World which encourages people to fill-up on salad, vegetables and fruit rather than chocolate and sausage rolls.

She added: "The Extra Easy diet is basically where a lot of foods like potatoes and pasta are 'free'.

"So you could have a jacket potato with chicken breast but the golden rule is that a third of your plate is filled with 'super free' food like salad, vegetables or fruit.

"That really works for me because when I started I could have a large portion with a large side salad and I've gradually cut my portions down.

"My children are really proud, It nearly choked me up when my daughter gave me a hug and said she could fit her arms around me."

Slimming World leader Debbie Wilson said: "Kim has completely stuck to the diet. She's been really organised and determined and I think that's the key."