SSgt Jamie Price with his wife Annika, who shed 46kg in weight while he was in Afghanistan on a six-month tour of duty (Picture: Caters)
After six months away from home, you might think a soldier is in the dog house for shunning his wife at the airport.
But SSgt Jamie Price has been forgiven by wife Annika, who has undergone a dramatic transformation while her husband was serving in Afghanistan.
The mother of two shed 46kg (7st 3lb) on the Cambridge Diet and SSgt Price, 32, didn't recognise her when he returned home. 'I was at the airport and he walked straight past me,' said Mrs Price, 28.
Annika Price said she wanted to surprise Jamie when he came home (Picture: Caters)
'He recognised our boys first and then did a double take when he realised it was me. He was gobsmacked,' she added.
Mrs Price, of Didcot, Oxfordshire, ballooned to a size 24, 106kg (16st 10lb) by comfort eating while her husband was away on two tours of Afghanistan. But after being fed up of being the 'fat mum' at the school gates, she dropped to a size 8, and now weighs 60kg (9st 7lb) thanks to the meal replacement weight loss plan.
'I wanted to surprise Jamie with a "new wife" when he came home - that was my motivation,' she said. 'My husband does a job I am proud of and I wanted him to be proud of me, too.'