'Mum wears my skinny jeans now!': Mother and daughter celebrate turning 21 and 40 after losing a combined ELEVEN STONE in a year... in time for their landmark birthdays 

  • Mother and daughter Alex and Emily Jones dreaded turning 40 and 21
  • The ladies didn't want to celebrate because of their expanding waistlines
  • The pair from Romsey, Hampshire, joined a weight loss plan and lost 11st 

Set to celebrate their milestone birthdays just ten days apart,  Alex Jones and her daughter Emily could not have been less excited.

The pair say they were dreading turning 40 and 21 in August this year until embarking on a radical weight loss journey together that has seen them lose 11 stone and ten dress sizes between them.

Alex has gone from a size 24 to a 10 and daughter Emily from an 18 to an 8 and now cannot wait to celebrate their 'big birthdays' together.

Emily Jones (left) and her mother Alex (right) embarked on a weight loss plan together losing a combined weight of 11st and dropping ten dress sizes between them 

Emily Jones (left) and her mother Alex (right) embarked on a weight loss plan together losing a combined weight of 11st and dropping ten dress sizes between them 

Alex and Emily, who live together in Romsey, Hampshire, shared weigh-ins, shopping trips and cooking together after signing up to a meal replacement plan in July last year.

Hairdresser Alex had battled with her weight since school, but after peaking at a size 22 to 24 three years ago had seen her health decline.

She explains that it got to the point where she couldn't even enjoy a trip abroad because she was embarrassed about her size. 

She said: 'I noticed I was getting out of breath walking and the heat was unbearable.'

At her heaviest Alex began to struggle walking short distances and was too embarrassed to leave the house while they were on a family holiday
Now she can't wait to show off her new figure

At her heaviest Alex began to struggle walking short distances and was too embarrassed to leave the house while they were on a family holiday. Pictured: left- Alex before weight loss. right- Alex now

The final straw came for Alex when people mistook her for being pregnant 

The final straw came for Alex when people mistook her for being pregnant 

She continued: 'On holiday in Rhodes last year I was too big to walk to the beach and too embarrassed to sit by the pool so I spent most of the time alone on the balcony where nobody could see me.'

Alex said that the final straw came after clients at the salon asked if she was pregnant.

Alex said: 'I was so embarrassed and so were the clients who asked me. 

'I had to admit that it was just tummy.'

The pair lost the weight in time for their milestone birthdays with Alex turning 40 and Emily 21 ten days apart 

The pair lost the weight in time for their milestone birthdays with Alex turning 40 and Emily 21 ten days apart 

Meanwhile daughter Emily was also struggling with her weight after starting shift work as an ambulance despatch operative.

She relied on apps on her iPhone to order junk food to collect on her way home from 12-hour shifts.

Emily now admits that her unhealthy eating habits got out of hand. 

She said: 'The apps made it so easy to just order a pizza rather than go shopping and cook and I just fell into a rut.'

Both women confided in each other about their weight issues and did their best to keep each other's spirits up.

Alex says that they tried to comfort one another but ultimately it didn't change how she felt about her size. 

Emily began piling on the pounds when she worked 12 hour shifts as an ambulance desptach operative
She would pick up a greasy takeaway from her way home from work rather than cook

Emily began piling on the pounds when she worked 12 hour shifts as an ambulance desptach operative where she would order takeaways to pick up on the way home 

'Emily and I would get upset together but we did our best to boost each other and I always told her how lovely she looked and vice versa but I didn't want to turn 40 overweight.'

The pair would encourage each other to lose weight but Alex had been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid which made weight loss even harder and diets always failed.

But in July last year Alex signed up to the Cambridge Weight Loss Plan swapping her usual meals of chicken kiev and buttery mashed potato or pasta and garlic breads for a soup or milkshake.

Meanwhile Emily's confidence was even lower after splitting with her then boyfriend so mum Alex gently suggested she slim with her.

The slimming pair now plan to celebrate their birthdays by doing a sky dive 

The slimming pair now plan to celebrate their birthdays by doing a sky dive 

Emily attended her mother's first weigh in with her weight loss consultant a week later and the pair were astonished to see Alex had lost 11lb.

Emily signed up on the spot and the women grew even closer as they helped support each other on the plan.

Alex said: 'There were hard days but we were there for each other. We knew what the other was going through because we were experiencing the same thing.'

They gave each other practical help too by shopping for healthy food for Emily who included one meal a day in her plan.

Emily said: 'We went through the highs and lows. But we had to keep each other going and our consultant was always there for us.'

Emily reached her goal of a four stone weight loss going from a size 18 to a size 8 in December last year and four months later Alex reached her goal of a seven stone loss going from a size 24 to a size 10.

Emily says that their journey has made them even more inseparable than they were before. 

'Now mum wears my skinny jeans and I can wear her clothes too. We were close before but now I would describe mum as my best friend. I couldn't have done this without her.'

Alex is reluctant to admit her heaviest weight and what she weighs now, but a healthy woman at 5ft five inches tall like Alex will weigh between nine and ten stone, putting her start weight in the region of 16 to 17st.

The proud mum said the delighted pair were now planning to mark their milestone birthdays with a skydive and party.

She said: 'This time last year I was dreading turning 40 now I cannot wait for us to celebrate our big birthdays together.' 

And as well as celebrating her own weight proud mum Alex says that she can't help but brag about her daughter's journey to friends and family. 

'When people congratulate me on my weight loss the first thing I do is tell them about Emily and how well she has done too. I'm so proud of her.

'She's always been beautiful but now she is healthy and happy too and I'm lucky that I got to share this journey with her.'

Emily added: ' I couldn't have done it without mum. We've been there for each other every step of the way and she is definitely my inspiration. I think she looks amazing and we are so excited about our birthdays now.'