Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

REAL Housewives [...]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

REAL Housewives [...]

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REAL Housewives of Cheshire star Ampika Pickston is known for her glamorous image - but shocked fans this week with her 10-year challenge.

Many were unaware that Ampika had gone from a size 20 to a size eight after she decided she was unhappy with her image at the age of 27.

Ampika started getting fit by going on walks with ankle weights on, as she felt too embarrassed to go to the gym.

Ampika said: "I bought exercise DVDs, started eating healthy and got my fitness back.

"As my dress sizes dropped I started going to the gym. I'd had a baby and I was stuck in a routine. I was comfort eating. Previously I had modelled and was a size eight. But then I was pregnant and over time I put the weight on. My son is now 12 and with hard work he's got a new mum who has got loads of energy."

On Friday salon owner Ampika shared a photo of her larger frame on Instagram, alongside a picture of how she looks now - and it's safe to say fans were stunned. …

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