Size 22 mother who was so ashamed of her appearance she would hide in toilets to eat to avoid teasing unveils her amazing bikini body after shedding half her body weight
- Alex Symons, 32, from Queensland weighed 130kg (20 stone) at heaviest
- She lacked the confidence to wear a bikini and couldn’t take son swimming
- The mum-of-one lost 62kg (10st) after weight loss surgery and eating well
An obese mother who was so ashamed of her size that she would hide in toilets to eat has revealed her stunning transformation after losing half her body weight.
Alex Symons, 32, from Queensland, weighed 130kg (20 stone) three years ago, and was too embarrassed to take her baby son Hudson swimming because she couldn’t face squeezing into size 22 swimwear.
She told news.com.au: ‘Being bigger made me scared to even eat in public, let alone wear a bikini. I’d hide in toilets whenever I was out, and needed to eat there as I couldn’t face being teased.’
‘But once Hudson came along, I knew I couldn’t hide any longer. I had to do something for him, if not for me.’
In 2016, Alex underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), where doctors took a large part of her stomach out, and lost 62kg (10 stone) over the course of three years.
She now weighs 69kg (10st 8lbs) and a size 10, and loves to share pictures of herself in her bikini – revealing her amazing transformation.
Alex Symons, 32, from Queensland has lost 62kg (10 stone) and loves to shares pictures of her transformation on Instagram to inspire others
Alex Symons, 32, from Queensland was 130kg (20 stone) and lacked the confidence to wear a bikini. She’s since halved her body weight and luckily was not left with loose skin after losing weight steadily over three years
Before her 62kg (10 stone) weight loss, Alex wouldn’t go swimming with her son as she couldn’t face wearing a bikini, but now she shows off her body with pride. Pictured: Alex after losing half her body weight
The mother-of-one had always battled with her weight, tipping the scales at 100kg (15st 7lbs) by the time she was 12-years-old.
She also admitted to losing weight by trying out different diets, but would often shed around 50kg (7st 8lbs) and then put it all back on again.
But it was after having her son that her size really started to bother her, and she decided to cash in her retirement fund early and spend $30,000 (£16,000) on weight loss surgery.
After surgeons removed a large chunk of her stomach, Alex was only able to eat minimal amounts, and she admits that adjusting to her new diet was a struggle.
The mum-of-one always had trouble with her weight, topping the scales at 100kg (15st 7lbs) by the time she was in grade 6 and aged 12. Pictured: Her weight before (left) and after (right)
The mother-of-one posing for a selfie in her gym gear, showing her washboard stomach and defined figure
Alex shows her body transformation in bikini selfies – she went from 130kg (20 stone) to 69kg (10st 8lbs)
The before and after shots show how she has lost weight from her tummy, breasts, legs and arm areas
Alex shows how far she has come with different selfies of her body on her Instagram page
‘I was used to not eating a lot from my periods of dieting badly,’ she said. ‘But once I came off the purées and soft foods, I found I’d get sick from as little as half a can of tuna.’
It took three years for Alex to get to her current shape. But she’s happy that it took time, as losing the weight slowly means she’s avoided being left with loose skin.
The mother-of-one, who admits to hating the gym, will exercise with her son Hudson in his stroller – running or walking round the park with him, and possibly doing a few squats.
She now weighs a healthy 69kg (10st 8lbs) and says the key to maintaining her weight loss is portion control.
Alex Symons is now 69kg (10st 8lbs) and loves to share pictures in tight dresses and bikinis