DONNA Fenton knew unless she changed her lifestyle, she would face the prospect of an early grave.
Weighing in at 153kg, the Springfield Lakes mum of one was diagnosed as being morbidly obese.
"I tried numerous weight loss diets and food programs to help me lose the weight, but none of them worked and I couldn't stick to them," Ms Fenton said.
It was her daughter's chilling words which motivated her to make a change for the better.
"I was sitting with friends on New Year's Day in 2012 smoking and drinking when my daughter came running up crying, saying I was going to die," she said.
"That was the real eye-opener for me.
"After hearing those words from her, I just knew I had to make the change for the both of us."
After overcoming many demons about her appearance and the idea of working out in gyms, Ms Fenton started her weight loss journey.
In two-and-a-half years, she has consistently worked hard to drop more than 70kg.
She has shrunk from a size 26 to a size 12 by training six days a week at the gym, running and cycling.
"I am really proud of my efforts," Ms Fenton said.
"There were times when I thought I couldn't do this, but I persevered. And now I am thrilled with the way I look.
"One of my favourite moments was when I walked into a Lorna Jane store and was able to buy clothes that fit me."
Relishing her new love of fitness, Ms Fenton has signed up to compete in nine triathlons - the first one in October this year. She will also compete in her first ironman, in Cairns in June 2015.
She is enrolled at the Australian Institute of Fitness to become a personal trainer and has started her own fitness blog. Google: "Fat and Dying to Fit and Fearless".
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