Patty Sanchez spent years piling on the weight with the encouragement of her feeder ex-boyfriend and weighed 51 stone at her heaviest.
But since splitting from her former chubby-loving flame, Patty, 52, has shed 19 stone – and bagged herself a younger man in the process.
Now Patty’s new boyfriend, Bryan Johnson, 38, is putting her through her paces with daily workouts – and plenty of exercise between the sheets.
Patty said: “Bryan has changed my life. I’ve never felt love like this.
“He keeps me moving and active. Before I was too fat to do anything but now I have my zest for life back.”
At her largest, Patty wanted to be the fattest woman in the world.
She would scoff over 13,000 calories a day in greasy and sugary foods and kept her activity levels down to a bare minimum.
But now the mum-of-four weighs 32 stone and is continuing to lose weight.
Patty, from Nevada, America, said: “My ex would do everything for me.
“It got to the point where I was struggling to even walk to the bathroom and I realised that I was killing myself.
“My life needed to change.”
The relationship came to an end six years ago and without the constant pressure to gain weight, Patty relaxed her intensive eating regime.
She began to lose weight and decided to show off her smaller frame in some saucy snaps, which she posted to a Big Beautiful Woman dating website eight months ago.
Patty said: “Bryan messaged me and he was very sweet and gentlemanly.
“We clicked right away. He likes bigger women and appreciates my curves, but he encourages healthy living and he keeps me moving.”
The couple moved in together after just a few months of exchanging their first message and just three months on, Patty has lost over 40lbs.
Patty said: “Brian likes big women and we have a lot in common.
“I’m completely in love with this man. I’ve never felt love like this and I feel like Bryan has totally changed my life.”
Every day Bryan and Patty practice yoga and weightlifting for 30 minutes and the pair prepare healthy home-cooked meals together regularly.
And as well as working out together – Patty and Bryan burn many calories in the bedroom.
Patty said: “We have a very active and adventurous sex life – we can’t keep our hands off each other.”
Bryan, a web consultant, added: “There are limitations because of Patty’s weight but we do what we can - I think that what we do get up to is probably too kinky to say."
Despite Patty’s shrinking figure, Bryan is insistent that his affections will not wane, and that he wants her to be healthier in the long run.
Bryan said: “I’m not scared she’s going to lose too much weight.
“Even though I have a preference for large women and that’s always been a thing for me, the reason I’m with her is because I love who she is not what she is.”
Patty says that her children love Bryan and he has been gladly welcomed into the family.
She said: “They are pleased to see me happy and living well and we have Bryan to thank for that."
Now Patty is looking forward to a slimmer future with Bryan.
She said: “I keep saying to everyone that Bryan is starving me but the truth is it’s just all the exercise – he’s really got me moving.
“I feel better than I have in years and it’s amazing being with a man who really appreciates me.
“I spent so many years gaining weight to please other people but now I’m living my life for me.”
Now the couple are considering marriage and are looking forward to the future together.
And Patty, who often relies on a mobility scooter, has an important reason to keep losing weight.
She said: “I want to carry on with what we’re doing, losing more weight so I can be fully mobile.
“I want to get out and about so I can show him off – and I want to walk down the aisle.
“I don’t want to get married in a wheelchair – I want to stand next to the man I love when he becomes my husband.
“Since I lost weight I’ve developed a new lease for life. If I hadn’t I would never have met Bryan
“I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.”