Great-grandmother Mary Reilly dropped a remarkable four dress sizes after becoming ‘hooked’ on military fitness sessions.
The 72-year-old, who is a grandmother of eight and has one great-grandchild, joined British Military Fitness after she suffered a bereavement and it was recommended to her by her niece.
After six months of following the tough military regime, Mary’s weight plummeted from 16st to just over 12st.
Her dress size dropped from 22 to 14, and she even dropped two shoe sizes as part of the dramatic weight loss.
“Following the bereavement, you obviously go through a period of grieving, which is when I started piling the weight on,” Mary, from Solihull Lodge, said.
“I was just sitting there and not doing anything. I used to enjoy doing a lot of exercise and I thought to myself one day ‘I just have to get myself into gear and do something positive’.”
BMF’s aim is to give people a fun and effective form of training using the professional skills learned in the military to get people fit.
“I find exercising outside in the elements very liberating,” added Mary, who attends BMF three times a week. “The results the training has had on my fitness levels and physique have been incredible. I believe that age is just a number.
“I feel much healthier, happier and a real rush of pride when my daughter asks to borrow my jeans.
“When my niece told me about BMF, I liked the idea, it sounded like a challenge, and now I am hooked.
“My whole family has really got behind me and is very proud of what I’m doing. I have also made lots of new friends at the sessions because it has a real social element and we all motivate and support each other.”
Craig Kneebone, BMF park manager at Malvern and Brueton Park in Solihull, added: “Mary has become a real source of inspiration at the park and her determination is incredible.
“The transformation Mary has experienced since joining is extraordinary. She is a real success story and I’m proud to train Mary.”