A mother-of-four has showcased her incredible transformation after losing a staggering eight stone during lockdown – by rocking out to heavy metal music.
Su Morgan, 40, from Birmingham, West Midlands reached 18st 7lb after years of downing two litres of Dr Pepper each day and gorging on double portions of dinner and takeaways.
But during lockdown she decided it was time to make a change and began taking part in a heavy metal dance class five times a week.
After cutting down her portion sizes, Su has now managed to shed a whopping 8st 6lbs and drop down to a healthier 10st 1lb, revealing: ‘I can’t believe I did it all on my own and the weight was dropping away.’
Mother-of-four from Birmingham Su Morgan, 40, went from a size 26, weighing 18st 7lb, left, to a size 12 and weighing 10 st 1lb, right, thanks to an online fitness class where she exercises to heavy metal
Sue started working out at the beginning of the national lockdown last year and quickly started to lose weight (pictured now)
Su said she has always been on the ‘bigger side’ and started piling on the pounds in her teens.
Being a busy single mum to daughters Aylssa, 14, Phoebe, 11, Taylor, nine, and Sophie, three, Su struggled to find time to cook and would opt for quick, convenient food.
For breakfast she would have four slices of toast followed by Greggs for lunch and a takeaway for dinner.
Su said: ‘I would pick easy dinners like pizza, chips and my portion sizes were always huge.
The mother-of-four before losing the weight. Su admitted she had no sense of portion control and would eat large quantities of takeaway for dinner
Sue, pictured before the weight loss, left and right, has always been a huge fan of heavy metal music and would often attend music festivals before the Covid-19 pandemic
‘I could easily drink two litres of Dr Pepper a day followed by a sharing bag of crisps as a snack.’
Su’s weight spiraled out of control and she soon tipped the scales at 18st 7lbs.
She spoke with doctors about getting a gastric band fitted, but was told she needed to lose some weight for the procedure.
The single mother began making changes to her diet and gradually started to see the pounds drop off.
Over the years, Su’s weight spiraled out of control and she soon tipped the scales at 18st 7lbs (pictured, with friends)
Being a busy single mum to daughters Aylssa, 14, Phoebe, 11, Taylor, nine, and Sophie, three, Su struggled to find time to cook and would opt for quick, convenient food (pictured, together)
Su started looking for exercises classes online during the first lockdown in March 2020 and discovered ‘Rock Fit’.
The aerobics class is set to heavy metal rock music and she would join in six or seven days a week.
She said: ‘I found the rock aerobics class during lockdown and I fell in love.
‘It’s the most fun I’ve ever had exercising and I would be dripping in sweat afterward.
Su started looking for exercises classes online during the first lockdown in March 2020 and discovered ‘Rock Fit’, quickly shedding the pounds (pictured)
The mother-of-four began taking part in the dance class six or seven times a week and found the weight was dropping off
Since losing the weight, Su admitted she suffered skin rashes due to her loose skin, pictured, and is hoping to raise £5,000 via a GoFundMe to finance a tummy tuck surgery
Su is hoping to get rid of her loose skin, and said in spite of her ‘loving’ her new slim frame, she also ‘hates’ her body at the same time
Su’s diet before
Breakfast – triple portion of Coco Pops or 4 slices of toast
Lunch – 2 sausage and egg baps
Snacks – whole sharing bag of onion rings, or whole tube of Pringles, or multiple Greggs sausage rolls
Dinner – sausage and chips, no veg, or pizza – followed by fresh cream cake
2 litres of Dr Pepper a day
Su’s diet now
Breakfast – weighed out single portion of cereal or 2 x slices of toast
Lunch – Yoghurt and fruit or cheese sandwich
Snacks – piece of fruit or skinny bar
Dinner – 2 sausages and mash with lots of veg or boiled eggs and salad –
Occasionally treats herself to an cream cake
‘I do a lot for other people and I thought it was finally time I did something for myself.’
She continued: ‘I love rock music and attending Download Festival. The class is not available in my city so I was really lucky it was streamed online.
‘I was still eating the things I loved, just small portions. I was also inspired by my friend Christina to lose weight and follow in her footsteps.’
However she has been left with a surplus of saggy skin on her tummy from the weight loss.
Sue, pictured, can now fit her whole body in one leg of her old trousers, left, and looks more confident after losing the weight
The mother-of-four doing the rock n’ roll sign before hopping onto her rock aerobics fitness class online
Sue showing off her new body in a bloody nurse costume for Halloween. The mother-of-four said she tweaked her diet and was still enjoying the food she loved, with in smaller portions
She suffers from painful skin infections from the folds of skin which leave her incredibly uncomfortable.
Su has set up a funding page with the hopes of raising £5,000 to fund a tummy tuck which she cannot get on the NHS.
She said: ‘I love and hate my body now. I hate looking at my saggy tummy so much but I know it’s because I’ve worked really hard.
‘I found something I’m really passionate about.
‘I’m really proud of myself and hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.’
Su has set up a funding page with the hopes of raising £5,000 to fund a tummy tuck which she cannot get on the NHS
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
Known medically as an abdominoplasty, tummy tucks improve the appearance of the stomach.
Surgeons remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, and tighten connective tissues.
The end result is a more toned look. Many women, and men, have the operation to boost their body image.
A tummy tuck is also the go-to option for women who have given birth and have a prolonged ‘mummy tummy’.
The surgery repairs the rectus diastasis – two abdominal muscles than can separate during pregnancy.
Figures show nearly 130,000 tummy tucks were performed in the US last year. There are nearly 3,000 performed privately in the UK each year.
The Mayo Clinic states: ‘Like any other type of major surgery, a tummy tuck poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.’
It can also cause fluid to build-up beneath the skin, known as a seroma. They can become infected.