AN AYR mum is calling on fellow parents to realise their self-worth after starting her own mission to change her lifestyle.

Meche Shields, originally from Irvine, was a size 18 at her heaviest. Despite realising that many people will be comfortable with their weight, she wasn’t, and that’s why she is trying to change her life.

When she weighed over 13 stone, Meche had spiralled into her depression that her GP diagnosed her with. She made a decision that she didn’t want to take prescription medication.

When Meche began her journey to health and fitness she was too embarrassed to start at the gym, so she bought a Zumba DVD to do at home.

Now she is bringing the combination of the last nine years together with her fitness business ‘Tribe Fitness’ launching its ‘Beach Please’ challenge to help women get their Summer bodies at home.

She said: “It is my goal in life to inspire a difference in others, to motivate and encourage them to become the best version of themselves.

“I never want anyone to feel the way I did, to feel the shame and hopelessness – the need to hide their clothes from others or themselves. Our world is tough sometimes, we all need to love ourselves a little bit more.”

When asked if she had a message to the ladies of the world, she said: “You are stronger than you think, don’t stop working out until your legs give out. Ignore your head talking to yourself, no matter what you’re doing in life you can do it. There’s nothing you can’t do.”

You can find out more about Meche’s journey on Tribe Fitness UK’s Facebook page.