When Deb Rose stepped on the Wii Fit she was hoping to join in fun with the family. But at 22st 6lb and a size 28, the mother of two was mortified when the machine told her it could not cope with her weight.
When Deb Rose stepped on the Wii Fit she was hoping to join in fun with the family.
But at 22st 6lb and a size 28, the mother of two was mortified when the machine told her it could not cope with her weight - even making her computerised character explode on screen.
After years of battling the bulge, it was the stark wake-up call the 33-year-old needed - and forced her into shedding just under nine stone in two years.
Deb, who lives in Chase Road, Brownhills and has two daughters, Alana, eight, and Summer, two, said: “I was so miserable, but didn’t realise how sad I was until I look back at that time.
“We bought my eldest daughter Alana a Wii Fit for Christmas but when I got on it the game made my character explode before we could even start.
“I was stunned when it said that I was too heavy for it.”
The machine, which helps users keep track of their fitness and weight with interactive exercises, states the maximum weight for gamers is 21.5st.
Deb, who works at Asda in Cannock and is married to Tim, joined Weight Watchers at the Park View Centre in Brownhills in January 2010. She swapped her diet of biscuits, crisps, and curries for fruit, cereals and low-fat meals, and hasn’t looked back.
“Things like going shopping for clothes used to be an emotional trauma,” she said.
“But now I have a wardrobe full of clothes. I’m still keen to lose more weight and it would be wonderful to get to my goal of 11st 10lb this year.”
And she’s back on the Wii Fit with her daughters. “As soon as I’d lost enough weight to use the Wii I was on it – and I can join in with the family Wii parties as well.”