A Dun Laoghaire mum of two is encouraging others to join her walking group after dropping five dress sizes in less than a year.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Layla Moroney (39) said she was battling with her weight for a long time.  

“While I have lost weight in the past, I never lost it consistently and would always put back on the weight.

“I have been on quite the journey this past 12 months, having spent my whole adult life battling my weight.”

She said the turning point for her was when she found the James Smith Academy online.

“James Smith is a personal trainer based online. I entered his 12 week worldwide weight loss fitness challenge last October 2018.

“I went on to win that challenge and won a trip to Fiji with my husband where we met James Smith and spent the week with him in Fiji.

“I have lost over 4 stone 1lb stone already and dropped 5 dress sizes. I have since dropped to a size 14 and even a 12 in some clothes so a 12/14 since then.”

Layla also suffers from Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but her weight loss helps her manage the disease.

So, what is the secret to this inspirational mum’s success.

“I now understand I do not need fad diets; I just need to control calories and continue to train in the gym.

“I now don’t take the weighing scales too seriously and am enjoying my new strong body and look forward to what it will do next.”

Layla decided she wanted to help others so she is now qualified as a personal trainer and is in the early stages of setting up her own business.

She also set up a voluntary walking group that meets at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire every Tuesday and is encouraging locals to join her.  

“During the darker nights it will be even more of an incentive for people to move as they may not want to go alone. We meet at 7.30pm at the start of the East Pier every Tuesday night.”

Layla will also be sharing her weight loss story at a charity event she is hosting for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, with all profits going to Marie Keating Foundation.

‘Beyond The Scales, Pink Fit, Pink Fabulous Afternoon Tea’ takes place on Saturday 26th October at 1-5pm in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire.

Tickets are €35 which includes Afternoon Tea. Call 0858317425 to book.

You can follow Layla’s journey at www.instagram.com/layla_beyondthescales/