Jennifer Ellison displays her weight loss during a family holiday in Bodrum, Turkey, on Friday.
The former Brookside star, 40 – who was a size 18 at her largest – looked phenomenal in a plunging leopard print bikini, which put her stunning curves on show.
Jennifer’s multicoloured two-piece swimwear set comprised a triangle halter neck style bikini top and pair high-waisted pair of briefs, which highlighted her slim midriff
The actress topped up her tan in the vibrant bikini as she strolled barefoot along the golden sands, while soaking up the Turkish sunshine with husband Rob Tickle and their three sons.
In September, Jennifer – who found fame as Emily Shadwick in Brookside – revealed that she has stopped dieting and is happy with her weight of just over 10 stone after years of yo-yo dieting.
Gorgeous: Jennifer Ellison, 40, displayed her weight loss during a family holiday in Bodrum, Turkey, on Friday.
Looking good: The former Brookside star – who was a size 18 at her largest – looked phenomenal in a plunging leopard print bikini, which put her stunning curves on show
Unreal: Jennifer proudly paraded her toned physique during her relaxing holiday
She told new! Magazine: ‘I’m not the smallest I’ve ever been, but am at a happy weight where I feel OK getting into a bikini or a costume in the swimming pool. I’m in a happy and confident place.
‘I am about 10¾st at the moment. I don’t feel I’m in that rat race anymore of having to look amazing. I’ve stopped trying to diet.
‘When you do faddy diets they don’t work, so I’ve given up. My weight has gone up and down so much over the years so I just try to eat healthily now.’
Jennifer told the publication about losing her confidence after gradually gaining weight and going up to a size 18.
She recalled: ‘My agent would phone me up, and the thought of going for an audition… I would refuse. I’d say ‘I can’t do it’. I had lost my confidence. I had literally given up on myself’.
Last year, Jennifer – who shares three sons Bobby, Harrison, and Charlie with husband Rob – revealed that prior to taking part in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins: ‘I’d given up on myself. I never looked in the mirror.
‘I didn’t think I could ever go back on stage because no one would want me. I had gone from being this girl known for acting and men’s mags to becoming this mum and teacher.’
Mwah: Jennifer and husband Rob Tickle shared a loving kiss while sat side-by-side
Fabulous: The actress topped up her tan in the vibrant bikini as she strolled barefoot along the golden sands
Family time: Jennifer and Rob were joined by their three boys on the half-term getaway
Cute: The actress hugged her youngest child and doted on all three of her sons
Stunning: Jennifer’s multicoloured two-piece swimwear set comprised a triangle halter neck style bikini top and pair high-waisted pair of briefs, which highlighted her slim midriff
Happy: In September, Jennifer revealed that she has stopped dieting and is happy with her weight of just over 10 stone after years of yo-yo dieting
Love: The Brookside icon soaked up the Turkish sunshine with husband Rob and their three sons, Bobby, Harrison, and Charlie
Jennifer previously admitted during an appearance on Loose Women: ‘I was getting anxiety about seeing people from my past because I thought they were looking at me thinking what the hell happened to you?
‘People in the shops would be like, “God girl, you’ve piled on the weight haven’t you!” I was size 18 in self destruct mode. I wouldn’t look in the mirror, I didn’t care. Everything was about my (sons).’
She decided to take drastic action, checking into a detox centre where she was rationed to a tiny 400 calories a day.
Jennifer added: ‘I’d have a slice of apple and a six mile walk and get back starving. I was told the perfect analogy for me about wanting to help your boy’s – like when you have to put on a flight oxygen mask, you have to put yours on first.
‘In order to be good mum to them you have to look after yourself. With me it was self-neglect, everything was about the boys.’
Jennifer soared to fame on Brookside in 1998, on which she played Emily Shadwick until 2003. During this stint she became a lads’ mag favourite.
She shares her three children Bobby, Harrison, and Charlie with husband Rob Tickle, who she married in October 2009.
Finishing touches: Jennifer accessorised with pretty shell bracelets and a silver watch
Relaxed: The star looked completely at ease while spending time with her loved ones
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk