After visiting a nudist beach, going sky ping, bungee jumping and dying her hair pink, Laura Lawson lost weight, started a new career and even got married.
A "fat, sad and lonely" woman who didn’t recognise her own reflection turned her life around after writing a bucket list.
Fed-up Laura Lawson, 26, piled on the pounds after spending every weekend binge drinking and playing computer games.
But, terrified of lying on her deathbed full of regrets, Laura, who said her life "sucked", was determined to change.
Since writing a list of 300 challenges, spurred on by a New Year’s resolution in 2012, she has got married, bought a house, lost weight – and ticked off 120 exciting targets which have taken her around the world.
Laura, from Portlethen, Aberdeenshire, said: "I was 23 years old and wasting my life away, and at 14st I didn’t even recognise my own reflection.
"The last five years were spent drinking every weekend, eating anything I could get my hands on and spending every evening locked in my room playing the Xbox.
"I tried to figure what had happened to me. Blaming everything on everyone else. My work sucked, my life sucked, I was fat, sad, lonely."
"I came up with every excuse until I realised only I could change my life. Sitting feeling sorry for myself wasn’t doing any good."
The former administration worker wrote down a list and started off small by climbing a hill, dyeing her hair pink and growing vegetables.
And the satisfaction she gained from crossing off every activity inspired the idea for a bucket list.
Laura kicked off the challenge with a bungee jump.
Since then, she has lost 3st 2lb in weight, managed to get a qualification and even changed her career, securing work as a buyer in the oil and gas industry.
Laura has even managed to take her husband David, 29, who she married in Las Vegas last September, on the journey with her.
She said: "I met him before I started this and he has been dragged along on everything. I think he thinks I am trying to kill him with all the things I do.
"I think he got a bit of a fright at first but now he is glad he is joining in."
Laura, who bought her wedding dress three sizes smaller to encourage herself to slim down for her big day last year, said she is much happier now.
She said: "The thought of being on my deathbed having spent my whole life like I had been scared me, and I wanted no regrets.
"I don’t drink any more. I think about better things to spend my money on and don’t want to spend weekends with a hangover.
"I’ve lost a lot of weight and I’ve met new friends."
This year, Laura is heading to Mexico and California to cross more off the list. She plans to swim with sharks, go in a submarine, visit a nudist beach and go horse riding.
She has completed 120 of her 300 challenges so far, including a bungee jump and parasail and has flown in a helicopter, fed a rhino and stroked a baby lion.
LAURA’S TOP 10 BUCKET LIST
1. Dye hair pink
2. Feed a rhino
3. Sky ping
4. Bungee jump
5. Fly in a helicopter
6. Climb a hill
7. Swim with sharks
8. Go in a submarine
9. Visit a nudist beach
10. Horse riding